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Terry Darling, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology
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I have been teaching psychology at Spring Arbor since 1980. My first ten years of teaching I was also the Director of Counseling at SAU and I have also been the head men’s tennis coach at Spring Arbor since 1980. I have been the chair of the psychology department for over twenty years. My wife also teaches at SAU in the Communications Department.


  • Ed.D.: (Counseling Education/Counseling Psychology) Western Michigan University


I see it as a blessing that I grew up in Spring Arbor watching my dad teach at Spring Arbor College, also in the psychology department. He loved his career here and part of why I feel so thankful about my time here is because he helped me to see what a special place Spring Arbor College/University is. My various responsibilities over the years (teaching/counseling/coaching/administration) have given me a healthy appreciation for the various roles within our community of over 1,000 employees. I love and don’t take for granted the ability that we have here to interact with students and help them determine a trajectory for their life. The opportunity that we have here to influence our students’ academic, social and spiritual development is a gift that I take seriously.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Psychological Association

Awards & Honors

SAU Teaching Excellence Award

SAU Faculty Merit Award

SAU Harold Darling Keeper of the Concept Award

SAU Athletic Hall of Fame

SAU LeRoy Lowell Award