Dr. Kranke has over 12 years of teaching social work education at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. His passion for teaching stems from his initial experience of teaching at the elementary level. Derrick has been recognized for university level teaching by receiving the outstanding adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, the SAGE/CSWE Award for innovation in research instruction, and most recently, is being nominated for the award of Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education. His pedagogical approach consists largely of applying pop culture sources, namely film clips and song lyrics, to teach abstract concepts. He teaches courses in research, human behavior, policy, diversity, and pedagogical development. Derrick also serves on the North American Advisory Board of the international journal: Social Work Education.
Derrick earned his PhD from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), Case Western Reserve University. He is a qualitative expert, and he has extensive experience studying issues of stigma and empowerment among youth, young adults and military-connected populations. His research has appeared in such journals as Psychiatric Services, Children and Youth Services Review, Qualitative Social Work, Health & Social Work, and American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, among others.