Derek Petrey Ph.D., earned a BA from Wright State University, and a Master’s and Doctorate from Ohio State University. He started teaching at Sinclair Community College in Fall 2003. He has taught courses in Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, and cultures, and has developed courses in Spanish for Social Work, Spanish for Health Care, and Spanish for Law Enforcement.  He has also worked as a free-lance translator and interpreter since 1995, with particular expertise in legal identification documents, university transcripts, scholarly articles and conservation biology. He served as Honors Program Director for the College from 2009-2015 and was recently named director of the Sinclair’s Center for Teaching and Learning. He is a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award for excellence in teaching.  He also has ten years of experience designing courses for adults outside of the academic community. He has co-developed, with Kathy Rowell, an extensive discussion and activity guide for Chappell's book The Cosmic Ocean.