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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
July 28, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Abby Goodrum

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Office Hours: by appointment
Academic Background

BS, MSLIS, University of Texas
PhD, University of North Texas


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 Laurier’s 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. In addition to overseeing all aspects of Laurier's research operation and strategic planning, Goodrum has provided leadership and vision for broader-based initiatives to advance external research partnerships, and government relations. She holds degrees in Radio, TV, and Film and Library and Information Science from the University of Texas. She received her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas.

She has progressively advanced in her career as both an academic and university administrator. Prior to her appointment at Laurier, Goodrum held the Rogers Research Chair in News, Media, and Technology at Ryerson University where she was also Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Communication and Design. At Ryerson, she played a significant role in the transformation of the university’s research culture including leading and contributing to the development of their strategic research plan, the development of the Digital Media Zone, and their CFI program. She has also held faculty positions at Syracuse and Drexel universities.

A highly cited researcher in media and information studies, Goodrum’s work bridges multiple disciplines and appears in the journal literature of computer science, humanities, communication studies, information management, and media 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. She is currently Director for Social Science Research in a $23M Centre of Excellence that serves as both a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centered solutions.  

Goodrum has served on a variety of research committees, management boards, and boards of directors and has extensive experience in peer review processes at provincial, national ,and international levels, including the Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.), and the National Science Foundation (U.S.). She currently sits on the boards of Canada’s Technology Triangle, the Canadian Digital Media Network, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, and the Ontario Council on University Research.