Embracing the Opportunity to Teach: Maritime Welcomes LT Robert Dearth

LT Dearth

The Department of Naval Science began the fall semester welcoming its newest faculty member, Lieutenant Robert Dearth, Assistant Professor of Naval Science. As an active member of the Navy, LT Dearth comes to Maritime with extensive experience as an enlisted member and officer of the United States Navy.

In the summer prior to his senior year of high school, Dearth enlisted in the Navy to pursue his interest in engineering. After graduating high school, he attended a naval nuclear power training in Charleston, SC before reporting to Norfolk, VA where he was stationed on the USS Enterprise. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College in 2012 while working his way up the ranks.

Dearth sent an application to the Officer Candidate School (OCS) to be commissioned and his efforts paid off when he was selected to attend OCS in Rhode Island to complete commissioning source training. He then completed two tours aboard the USS Princeton as a Communications Officer and an Anti-Terrorism Officer. Upon returning from tour, he was offered entry into the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA and graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree in Management. With more than a year before he was required to report back to Rhode Island, Dearth embraced the opportunity to teach as a staff instructor at Maritime for one academic year.

LT Dearth will teach Intro to Naval Science this fall and the Sea Power and Maritime Affairs course in the spring semester. “I am excited to be involved in the development of our midshipmen and provide a learning environment that will introduce new ideas and concepts that they may not have been exposed to otherwise. My experience in the Navy will bring a new perspective to students and challenge their preconceived notions. My goal is to expand their horizons, encourage critical thinking and look at the bigger picture,” he stated.

In October 2020, LT Dearth will report to Newport, RI for training at the Surface Warfare Officer School in preparation for his next assignment.