Derek Fincham

Derek Fincham, Davis & Elkins College

Derek Fincham
Coordinator of Academic Support, The Naylor Learning Center; Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Sociology
Location: Albert Hall 201
Phone: 304-637-1435

What I Find Rewarding About D&E:

This position has given me the opportunity to work with the dedicated professionals in The Naylor Learning Center, who are committed to seeing all students at D&E succeed. I have spent my career in higher education helping students achieve their educational goals. I am very proud to be working for a higher education institution with such strong leadership, a clear mission and dedication to student development.

As D&E's coordinator of academic support, Derek oversees a variety of initiatives within The Naylor Learning Center. His responsibilities include development and coordination of all campus tutoring, the Absent Professor Program and the International Student Support Program. He also provides comprehensive tutor training, serves as the Writing Center coordinator and supervisor, coordinates and assesses online program data collection, coordinates and facilitates the Bridge Program, provides alternative format tests to Supported Learning Program students, and coordinates the Mentor-Advising Program for first generation college students. Outside The Naylor Learning Center, Derek teaches courses in psychology, study skills, academic skills, structured academic support and first-year seminar. Derek serves on the College's Retention Team with members from various offices across campus.


  • M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • B.A. Religious Studies, West Virginia University
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Schaumburg, Ill.


Derek joined D&E as an instructor in the Supported Learning Program and Academic Support Services in August 2013. In this role he provided individualized academic support and classroom accommodations for students with disabilities, though academic skills courses to at-risk students, and developed course and workshop curriculum. In the fall 2014 term, Derek was appointed to his current position as coordinator for academic support.


Derek is a member of the National College Learning Center Association and the Association for the Tutoring Profession, and a certified professional member of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. He has presented his work at numerous conferences across the county, including the National College Learning Center Association National Conference, the Association for the Tutoring Profession National Conference, the WVU Fall Advisor Workshop, the WVU Advising Roundtable and WVU Resident Faculty Leader Training. In addition, he as served as a semiannual guest lecturer in occupational therapy and religious studies at WVU, and as a panelist at the West Virginia Ocular Albinism Conference and West Virginia Gateway Conference.


In 2008, Derek was selected by Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins as the recipient of their Hometown Hero award for outstanding leadership and service. While attending West Virginia University, he was one of two recipients of the Ken Gray Leadership Award, which honors students for academic excellence and outstanding leadership.