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Tutor profile: Derek W.

Derek W.
Student and Researcher at Princeton Theological Seminary


About Derek

About Derek
Hi! I'm a third-year Master of Divinity candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary (GPA 3.95). I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Biola University with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and now I live in Princeton with my cat Howie. I'm passionate about teaching and guiding students!

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I have served as a teaching and research assistant for five professors and over ten courses in both undergraduate and graduate settings. Currently, I serve as a Lead Researcher of the "Imagining Church" project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Thriving Congregations Initiative 2019. I am also serving as a research assistant for the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Princeton Theological Seminary
Religious Studies
Master's Degree
2019 - 2022
Biola University
Religious Studies
Bachelor's Degree
2015 - 2019

Work Experience

Work Experience
Princeton Theological Seminary, Lead Researcher
2020 - Present
Employed the following digital ethnographic research methods to examine the beliefs and practices of twenty-four thriving congregations with a research team: Conducting Zoom interviews (one in Mandarin Chinese) and focus groups; Writing open coding, focused coding, integrative memos, and final summative “portraits”; Performing quantitative and qualitative analysis; Coaching congregations in a community outreach or internally oriented project.
Princeton Theological Seminary, Research Assistant
2020 - 2021
I have experience as a TA for the following graduate courses: Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr.; Radical Christianity; Socrates and Jesus.
Center for Asian American Christianity, Research Assistant
2020 - 2021
Designed and implemented conferences, programming, and podcasts for public scholarship.
Biola University, Teaching Assistant
2018 - 2019
I have experience as a TA for the following undergraduate courses: Christian Perspectives on Marriage and Relationships; Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I & II; Early Christian History: Acts; Jesus’ Life and Ministry; Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation; Gospel of John.


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