Ryan Derby-Talbot

Ryan Derby-Talbot PhD is a mathematician, educator, and the Dean of the College at Deep Springs College in California, a long-standing experimental two-year college that combines a rigorous liberal arts academic program, student self-governance, and labor on a working cattle ranch. Prior to Deep Springs, he served as the founding Chief Academic Officer of Fulbright University Vietnam, where he helped launch the university’s novel interdisciplinary and liberal arts undergraduate program using a process of shared faculty-student co-design. He also served for nearly a decade as a professor and then Chief Academic Officer at Quest University Canada, supporting the development of Quest’s innovative liberal arts model in its startup years. He has also been a faculty member at the American University in Cairo, and taught in Japan on the JET Programme. Dr. Derby-Talbot is interested in experimental college and university models that produce extraordinary learner engagement. In support of the latter, he has founded Reimagining Higher Ed, an organization promoting innovation in higher education.