Darrin Good was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty effective May 2015. In this role, Good will lead all aspects of Whittier’s academic program including the long-term planning and development of the curriculum and the ongoing development of the faculty serving the undergraduate population and the graduate program in education.
Prior to his appointment, Good served as the associate provost and dean of sciences and education at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn. Known for his collaborative style, Good led departments in the areas of education, social sciences, and natural sciences in a time where Gustavus moved up more than 20 places in U.S. News & World Report rankings.
While at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Good served on the faculty in the biology department since 1995. An extremely popular professor, he was chosen six different times to deliver the “Last Lecture” address during senior week. This is the equivalent of a teaching and mentoring award at Augustana.
In his numerous roles at Gustavus and Augustana, Good was involved in nearly every facet of the inner workings of a liberal arts college. His commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion were well known as he helped modify the search process to increase the size and diversity of the applicant pools. He represented Gustavus and Augustana as a faculty recruiter and presenter at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the “largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country.”
Good holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Augustana College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kansas.