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Deryl Hatch-Tocaimaza Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Texas, 2013
Ed.M, Technology, Innovation, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2006
B.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 2003
Foundational College Experience, Mt. San Antonio College, 1999

Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza is a settler scholar whose research and teaching focuses on community college environments—for instance, institutional structures, teaching and learning interventions, and embodied and emplaced encounters—to uncover how they intersect with student experiences to foster a just and equitable higher education system, especially in regard to marginalized global majority students.

Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza was recognized for his research, teaching, and service as a recipient of the Barbara Townsend Early Career Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). He serves on the board of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Review, and the Review of Higher Education. He is associate editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and executive co-editor of Project MALES Practice Briefs, and has co-edited special issues of New Directions in Community Colleges and the Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges. Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Colleges
  • Academic Success of Students from Underserved and Underrepresented Groups
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Multi Model (mixed) Research Methods

Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza teaches courses in the areas of higher education administration, community college leadership, quantitative research methods and applied research. He advises doctoral (Ph.D and Ed.D) students in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specialization and master’s degree students in the online MA Higher Education program.

Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza expects his doctoral advisees, whether pursuing the Ph.D or Ed.D, to collaborate in conducting, writing and presenting original research in national scholarly forums—in making admissions decisions, Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza looks for indications of an applicant's inclinations and aptitude for learning how to contribute to these scholarly activities. This is one of the best ways for students to make the transition from student to scholar and be prepared to conduct their own dissertation research. As part of that preparation, he expects his doctoral advisees, whether local or studying at a distance, to travel to present their own research projects at EDAD’s Women in Educational Leadership Conference held in Lincoln annually.

Ph.D students are required to complete 6 credit hours of on-campus residency, which would preferably come in the form of research seminars with him and/or affiliated faculty, learning and doing hands-on research (conceptualizing research problems, writing grants, gathering data, analyzing data and other related activities). Ed.D students are highly encouraged to do the same. All of Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza's doctoral advisees are required to travel to Lincoln for their dissertation proposal and dissertation defense meetings.

Master’s degree students have a relatively well-defined program of studies. Because Dr. Hatch-Tocaimaza teaches and researches in the field of community colleges, his master’s degree advisees are encouraged to take at least one elective in this area. He also encourages master’s students to consider pursuing at least one research methodology course beyond the required introductory course.


  • EDAD 900: Pro Seminar in ELHE
  • EDAD 912B: Emerging Issues: Community College Leadership
  • EDAD 981:Intermediate Quantitative Methods

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2018, Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award
2019-Present, Associate Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2013-2019, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2012-2013, Research Associate, The Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas2009-2012, Graduate Research Assistant, The Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas2005–2006, Research Assistant, WIDE World Online Training, Harvard Graduate School of Education