Derick Bonewitz



R. F. Derick Bonewitz, Ph.D., has extensive training and experience in science and technology with emphasis in health care. In recent years, he has developed his interests in English language teaching, earning a Master of Arts degree in TESOL (teaching of English to speakers of other languages) from The New School, in New York City, in 2009. Previously, he had earned a Certificate in TESOL from the School for International Training (now the SIT Graduate Institute).


Derick graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 with a degree in chemical engineering and, after service as an officer in the U.S. Army, a master’s degree in biochemistry. He then completed his doctoral studies at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, Houston, in biochemical genetics. He held a postdoctoral research fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at the Kettering Laboratory of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center from 1980 to 1982, and then joined Abbott Laboratories where he began a seventeen-year career. Derick held numerous research and management positions in Abbott’s diagnostics division and its chemical and agricultural products division. He received several recognition awards from Abbott for his contributions to the development and manufacture of diagnostic products for medical laboratories and blood banks, including the first commercial HIV test, and in the development of healthcare products for animals. He has experience in regulatory affairs, having held positions in Abbott’s Washington, D.C. office and in its animal health business. Derick conducted business in Mexico, Europe, Japan and Africa during his tenure with Abbott and he has studied Mexico and its language and culture for over thirty-five years.


Since 2006, Derick has been an adjunct instructor of ESL (English as a Second Language) at the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois.