Professor Deterville is lecture faculty in the Africana Studies Department of San Francisco State University's College of Ethnic Studies. He teaches the course Black On-Line: Cyberspace, Culture, and Community. As an artist, writer and scholar of visual culture he has lectured at museums, colleges, and universities on African and African Diasporic visual culture.
As the Co-founder of Sankofa Cultural Institute, he produced three symposiums on the history and aesthetics of Jazz. Deterville co-authored the book titled “Black Artists in Oakland” that was published by Arcadia in 2007 and is a columnist for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s online publication called “Open Space.” Professor Deterville's artwork has been shown both domestically and abroad. As a teaching artist, he designed lesson plans and curriculum to teach art to incarcerated youth in San Francisco. In 2015 he received the California College of the Arts Visual and Critical Studies department’s alumni award and was the second scholar to receive the honor.