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Dr. Darrell (Drick) Boyd

Associate Professor, Urban Studies Department

Popular and Community Educator

Faculty Development Coordinator, Urban Programs

Dr. Boyd joined the faculty of the MA in Urban Studies program in 2007 after ten years on the faculty of Eastern University’s School of Management Studies. He has also served as a part-time faculty developer for the university.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Boyd has a B.A in Psychology from Duke University, an M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an Ed.D. in Adult Education and Leadership from Nova-Southeastern University. He has also received additional training in community development and conflict mediation.

His areas of interest and expertise include community-based adult education, race and ethnic studies (particularly whiteness studies), urban public education, critical pedagogy, and urban leadership. Prior to coming to Eastern in 1997, Dr. Boyd served for 16 years as a pastor with the American Baptist Churches USA in Boston, Jersey City, Minnesota, and Philadelphia.  He has also worked as an urban youth worker and a chaplain in a drug rehabilitation program. Currently, Dr. Boyd is a member of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship where he leads an anti-racism small group.


Dr. Boyd grew up in Minneapolis, MN as the oldest of eight children. He became a Christian through Young Life while in high school. From the beginning, he saw his faith related to the social and political needs of people in the inner city. Throughout his career he has regularly been involved in founding and participating in organizations designed to improve the quality of life in urban communities.  His current role as a faculty member allows him to combine his Christian faith, his love of the city, and his commitment to adult learning and development.

Dr. Boyd is married to Cynthia Dustin Boyd. They have three adult daughters, a dog, and a cat. Dr. Boyd loves to play basketball, hike in the mountains, and root for any and all Philadelphia sports teams! He enjoys genealogical research, plays guitar, and is somewhat of a Civil War buff. However, mostly he enjoys being with people and having good conversation.

Community Involvement

Dr. Boyd serves as a volunteer tutor with the Delaware County Literacy Council. He is a member of the West Philadelphia High School Community Partners. He is also a founding member of Heeding God’s Call, a Philadelphia-based movement for gun violence prevention. Dr. Boyd has published articles on culturally-responsive education, the causes of urban violence, the spirituality of Paulo Freire, and critical pedagogy. He maintains a regular blog on a variety of topics.


Dr. Drick Boyd

Urban Studies Department

Eastern University | Philadelphia

3300 Henry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19129

Phone: 215-769-3511

Fax: 215-848-2651

Email: dboyd@eastern.edu

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