Highly Qualified Faculty & Staff

Thomas Derdak

Title/s: Senior Lecturer

Office #: Lewis Towers 401

Phone: 312.915.6501

E-mail: tderdak@luc.edu


Thomas Derdak joined Loyola in 1979 as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.  He has over twenty years of management experience.  As founder and executive director of Global Alliance for Africa, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995, he has fifteen years of not-for-profit management experience in administration, organization, program development, fund raising, accounting, and public relations.  He has ten years direct work experience in Africa, including Liberia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.


Ph.D., The University of Chicago and B.A., Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Program Areas

  • PHIL 187 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 181 Ethics

Professional & Community Affiliations

Founder and Executive Director, Global Alliance for Africa, Chicago

Oversaw full cycle implementation of 7 health care development programs in some of the most complex and challenging social, environmental and political contexts in the world.  Participated in and supervised needs assessments, program design and formulation, set-up, organization, management, oversight, follow-through and impact analyses.  Worked with local NGOs and community groups to design and implement programs with sensitivity to local conditions, histories, and needs.

Signed major NGO/university partnership with Loyola University Chicago to collaborate on educational and service learning programs in East Africa.

Developed successful on-site educational programs in East Africa with Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago

Opened East Africa regional office in Arusha, Tanzania.

Designed entrepreneurial initiatives to fund programs and administrative operations, e.g., private/public partnership to sell items at Disney World for AIDS Orphans Programs, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb to Benefit AIDS Orphans in East Africa, educational trips abroad to visit program sites, 5K run to benefit AIDS Orphans Programes, etc.

Courses Taught

"Dr. Derdak is an excellent instructor. I will look for more classes under his instruction. I really appreciate how quickly assignments were graded and feedback received."