Darin Detwiler

Associate Teaching Professor


Dr. Darin Detwiler, LP.D., M.A.Ed., is the Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies in Boston, MA. He is also an Assistant Teaching Professor of Food Policy who serves as the lead faculty for the college’s MS in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industry program. He is the recipient of the College of Professional Studies' 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Detwiler is an internationally recognized, respected, and well-connected food policy and technology expert with 25+ years’ experience in shaping federal food policy, consulting with corporations, and contributing thought leadership to industry events and publications.  He is a recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the International Association for Food Protection. Detweiler is regarded as “one of America’s leading food safety advocates.” In 2004, the Secretary of Agriculture appointed Detwiler to two terms on the USDA's National Advisory Committee. He later advised the FDA as the Senior Policy Coordinator for a leading national food safety advocacy organization. 

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Detwiler has taught high school math, biology, environmental science, physics, forensic science, and history (world, U.S., and state) as well as middle school U.S. history. He is the recipient of the 2013 Washington State Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2013 Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator Award, the 2009 AMGEN "AASTE” Award for Science Teaching Excellence (Biotechnology), King County (WA)'s Earth Hero Award (for Environmental instruction), and the 2003 National Science Teachers Association / Toyota TAPESTRY Award for Innovation in Science Literacy Education. He holds a B.A. in History, a B.Ed., and an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

In addition to his work at Northeastern, Dr. Detwiler is a sought-after speaker and contributing writer for various publications. He is a columnist and editorial advisor for Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine. His other media work includes print (such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and Food Quality and Safety Magazine) and broadcast appearances (such as CNBC, NPR, Good Morning America, CNN, and PBS). He serves on multiple advisory boards within the food policy arena. Detwiler is currently writing the book "Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions" for Elsevier Publishing.

He is a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Veteran who holds a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.


PhD from Northeastern University (2016)

Professional Experience

Employment History

Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies, Boston, MA

Detwiler Consulting Group, LLC, Boston, MA, 1993 – Present

STOP Foodborne Illness, Chicago, IL, 2014 – 2016

Washington State Public Schools, 1998 – 2013

Bellevue (WA) College, 2002 – 2006


U.S. Navy.  Nuclear Submarine Force, 1986 – 1994