OFFICE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT RESEARCH
Deeply committed to supporting scholarly creativity and innovation, Abby Goodrum is Vice-President: Research at Wilfrid Laurier University. Building on what she sees as strong synergistic ties between the university and the community, Goodrum is responsible for pushing Laurierís research horizons in new and collaborative directions. As VP: Research, she is responsible for both the Office of Research Services and the internationally respected Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Goodrum holds degrees in Radio, TV, and Film and in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas. She received her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas. Prior to her appointment at Laurier, Goodrum held the Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News, Media, and Technology at Ryerson University.
Goodrum is Director for Social Science and Humanities Research in the nationwide Network of Centres of Excellence in Graphics, Animation, and New Media (NCE GRAND). GRAND is a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centred solutions.
A highly cited researcher in media and information studies, Goodrumís work bridges multiple disciplines and appears in the journal literature of computer science, humanities, communication studies, information management, and film studies. For more than 20 years, her research has focused on the study of how humans seek, use, share, manipulate, store, retrieve, and organize digital multimedia.
Goodrum currently sits on the boards of Canadaís Technology Triangle, the Canadian Digital Media Network, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, and the University of Texas iSchool.