Andrew Gooding named director of Marshall’s RBA program

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Andrew Gooding
Andrew Gooding

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Andrew Gooding, an instructor in Marshall University’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology since 1999, is the new director of MU’s Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program, effective Monday, May 16.


Gooding replaces former interim director Dr. Elaine Baker, who retired.


“I’m excited about the position,” Gooding said. “The RBA staff really tries to do what’s best for students. Helping students get ready for life after college is something I like to do.”


Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate vice president for Outreach and Continuing Studies, said his office is excited to have Gooding as director of the RBA program, which is part of the Office of Outreach and Continuing Studies.


“Andrew brings a rich background and great enthusiasm to the office which will enhance our students’ experience,” Pauley said.


As director of the RBA program, Gooding works with returning students who have graduated from high school a minimum of four years ago to help them complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely manner.  He works with longtime RBA advisors Jerri Clagg and Rita Spears.


Gooding was raised in Ithaca, N.Y., received his bachelor’s degree at Bates College and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His graduate work focused on rhetorical theory and criticism and his research focuses on collective memory and trauma.


Gooding was hired by the IST department to teach courses in public speaking, technical writing, group communication and the impact of science and technology on society and bioethics, as well as to prepare students for senior projects. 


He is certified as a writing-intensive instructor by the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Marshall.  He also teaches the IST Connections courses as Core I Critical thinking courses.


Gooding has been the speech mentor for the Yeager seminar series and worked for the Rahall Transportation Institute completing reports, writing grant proposals, and editing technical papers.

He lives on the south side of Huntington with his wife, Grace, and two children, Evan and Christopher. He helps coach the Marshall University table tennis club, assists with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and coaches youth soccer and fencing.