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An  Instructor with 30 years of experience, Dr. Spiva fully credentialed for

secondary school and community college through the CCTC.

Dr. Spiva has been certified through the California State University System for advanced online teaching and online course design development to University professors across the CSU system.

He has conducted extensive research on the emerging technology of VR/AR educational applications.

Dr. Spiva recently published “The African American Music Survey”: 

and “Sing Dance and Shout Through Oppression, Gospel Music workshop ” both digital fully interactive e-textbooks

published through Top Hat Textbook Publishing. 

Additionally, both are QOLT certified (see http:

 “The Urban Playbook”, a collection of one act plays for urban youth and young adults was published in 2017.

 Dr. Spiva is currently CEO of, an Internet VR and television production network.


He is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar with post- doctoral seminar studies in Egypt and Israel. As an entertainment industry professional, he has also performed professionally in theater and television for the past 30 years.


Derrick produced the hit series "Through Our Eyes" for PBS, and the Black Family Network for 12 seasons. He wrote and co-produced “Heresy” featured at the 1997 Reel Pride Film Festival for which he won a “Telly Award”. He co-created the “CEED” Broadcasting Internet Network.


Derrick holds a Ph.D. in Theology from San Antonio Theological Seminary, a Masters of Fine Arts & Teaching Credentials from the University of California at Irvine,  and a Bachelor's in Communications and Business from California State University, Northridge.


The NAACP and the United States Congress recognized him for outstanding service in

educational performing arts and media (television and professional theater).