Steve Goddard will become UNL associate vice chancellor for research effective July 1.
Goddard, professor of computer science and engineering, succeeds Regina Werum, who will join the sociology department as a full-time faculty member. In his new role, Goddard will be responsible for research development, growth and compliance.
For the past year, Goddard has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Joseph Francisco will become dean July 1.
Prior to his interim appointment as dean, Goddard chaired the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A faculty member since 1998, he has served on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, the ADVANCE-Nebraska Faculty Committee, the UNL Faculty Senate’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and led a campuswide task force studying the potential role and impact of MOOCs (massive online open courses) at UNL.
Before joining UNL, Goddard worked in the computer industry for 13 years, including nine as president of his own company. A Minnesota native, he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.