Dr. Goodacre received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1971. He completed a three year combined program in Prosthodontics and Dental Materials at Indiana University School of Dentistry and in 1974 earned his MSD degree.
He has three times received awards from senior dental classes at Indiana University as the outstanding clinical instructor or outstanding lecturer. He received the Educator of the Year Award from the American College of Prosthodontists in 2003, The George H. Moulton Award from the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics in 2005, The Jerome M. and Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics in 2007, The William J. Gies Award in 2008 from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for Outstanding Innovation as a Dental Educator; and the Gold Medallion Award from the American Prosthodontic Society in 2010.
In 2011 he received Honorary Fellowship in the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. In 2012, the American College of Prosthodontists awarded him the Distinguished Lecturer Award.
He served as Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics at Indiana University, and as Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry from 1994 to 2013. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Past-President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Past-President of the American College of Prosthodontists, and Past-President of the Academy of Prosthodontics.
He began teaching in 1974 and continues to find time for teaching dental students and advanced education students. He had co-directed the implant dentistry course for dental students at Loma Linda University for over 10 years and each year provides national board reviews in tooth morphology and occlusion for dental students. He has maintained a part-time private practice limited to prosthodontics since 1974.
He served as an Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics for 10 years, has over 100 publications and has given more than 400 invited presentations. Recent educational activities have focused on the development of interactive, navigable electronic education programs with particular emphasis on 3-D formatting, applications, and effectiveness.