Center for Sport Sciences
Dr. Erika Goodwin currently serves as the Provost of Wilmington College. She is also a tenured Professor of Sport Sciences/ Athletic Training. In addition, she serves on the Peer Corps for the Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional institutional accreditors in the United States based out of Chicago, Illinois. She continues to teach the research and statistics courses for the Athletic Training education program and spearheads the seniors’ capstone research projects. Her tenure at the college began in 1995. Her diverse background has afforded her the opportunity to teach a variety of courses over the years in athletic training as well as Equine Science courses in the Agriculture department and Anatomy and Physiology in the Biology department. She is credited for establishing a more in-depth emergency care curriculum for the athletic training education program as well as being a staunch advocate for undergraduate research and scholarship. She annually takes students to AT conferences to present their research and assists them with publishing their work. She is an active speaker and published author herself. Her research interests include educational research particularly learning and learning styles, instructional methods, clinical instruction, and program administration. She has been published in a number of journals including: The Journal of Athletic Training, Athletic Therapy Today and Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health.
Erika recently served as the Interim President for Wilmington College from June to December 2020. She moved into academic administration in 2008 as the Associate VP for Academic Affairs. She became the interim VP for Academic Affairs in 2011 and named the VP for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty in 2013 after a national search. Prior to that she taught full time on the faculty but has also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for WC and the Clinical Education Coordinator for the AT program. She was also the Area Coordinator for the HPE/AT/Sport Management programs. Early in her career she served as the Supervisor of Athletic Training Services / Head Athletic Trainer for Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. She was a National Registry/Ohio certified EMT at one time, and a very active American Red Cross Health and Safety instructor. Regrettably, her current administrative role at the college keeps her from being active with those any longer.
Dr. Goodwin is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Women of Clinton County Award; 2007 WC Distinguished Faculty Award; and 2007 Exceptional Research Award (Professional Division) – Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is a graduate of the Clinton County Leadership Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Higher Education Administration with an interdisciplinary component in Athletic Training. She has a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Physical Education with a focus in Athletic Training and Anatomy. She is a proud alumna of Wilmington College with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.
Erika notes, “I had a tremendous experience as a Wilmington College student myself – both inside and outside the classroom. I am passionate about teaching but even more ardently enthusiastic about fulfilling our mission of ‘educating, inspiring and preparing each student for a life of success and service.’ In my current position I can see this transpire. It is truly rewarding and remarkable. My desire is to help current students have a transformative experience like I did. It’s because here at Wilmington College you receive more than just an education… you get a transformation through hands on learning, hands on living, and living the College’s mission and values.”