Darwyn Linder earned his doctorate in social psychology at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Elliot Aronson. He was also trained in psychological measurement and inferential statistics as a graduate minor.
Linder served as Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at Duke University from 1965 to 1972, when he moved to Arizona State University as Professor of Psychology and founding Director of the Social Psychology Graduate Training Program.
In 1980, he was appointed founding Director of the University Program for Faculty Development, and served in that position until 1982. From 1985 to 1989 he was co-director of the ASU Applied Sport Psychology Program, designed to provide sport psychology services to intercollegiate athletes. Recently, he has chaired the Faculty Development Advisory Committee and served on the University Strategic Planning Group for Mathematics.
His other recent activities have included collaboration with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on NSF funded projects designed to bring training in group dynamics and cooperative learning into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. He also provides workshops through the faculty development program to train instructors in active/cooperative learning techniques for the college classroom.
He maintains an active research program in social psychology, focusing on interpersonal attraction and small group behavior.
His teaching responsibilities include graduate level courses in research design, special topics seminars in sport psychology, and an undergraduate course in group dynamics in which he makes extensive use of cooperative learning techniques.