New UF education dean brings rich research experience

Education dean Glenn E. Good has been involved with five books and 88 journal articles and book chapters.


Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.

The University of Florida’s new education dean comes from a research background that includes the study of gender issues in education.

On Monday, UF named Glenn E. Good as dean of its College of Education. Good is presently an associate dean at the University of Missouri’s College of Education.

He starts Sept. 29 in the new position. He said one of his first tasks is understanding the strengths and potential of the UF college, noting its high rankings in several programs.

“I think the college has tremendous potential to rise further,” he said.

He will be paid $240,000 annually. Good succeeds Catherine Emihovich, who is stepping down as dean after nine years. She will remain on faculty as a tenured professor and researcher.

Good, 57, is a native of Sacramento, Calif. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his doctorate from Ohio State University, specializing in counseling psychology.

He has held associate dean posts at Missouri’s education college since 2008. He also is a professor of counselor psychology and has been a faculty member there since 1990.

UF Provost Joe Glover cited Good’s research background as a factor in him being hired after a national search. He has written or co-written five books and about 88 published journal articles and book chapters. He generated nearly $1 million in grants in his career and twice was named researcher of the year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.

His research focuses include gender issues in education, including a study of men in elementary education and factors that contribute to their success in the non-traditional jobs. Good said the lack of male role models for inner-city youths is one of many factors facing education today.

“It’s one of the ways that we might be able to help some kids be more successful,” he said.

He comes to a UF college that has made cuts and considered eliminating its undergraduate program in the face of budget reductions.

He said education colleges face conflicting missions in increasing research that brings in grant dollars, while running programs to educate future teachers.

It’s possible for UF to maintain a moderately sized teacher-preparedness program while retaining resources for research, he said.

Good is a licensed psychologist in both California and Missouri. He said he’ll seek his license in Florida but doesn’t plan to practice here.

“My job there is going to be more than full time as dean. That’s my focus,” he said.

Contact Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com.

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