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Ombudsman: Joan Goodman
July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01



Dr. Joan F. Goodman, professor of education in the Graduate School of Education, has agreed to serve as the University Ombudsman, effective July 1, 2009 for a two-year term, President Gutmann announced recently. Dr. Goodman will succeed Dr. John Keene. “We are grateful to John Keene who served Penn so well, both as University Ombudsman and in a wide array of other roles. I am confident that the expertise, judgment, and compassion that Joan Goodman will bring to this role will be employed to very good effect on behalf of the Penn community,” said Dr. Gutmann.

Dr. Goodman has been a tenured faculty member at Penn since 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1994. Her prior experience includes service as a school psychologist as well as practicing and teaching applied psychology at hospitals for children in Washington, DC, Oakland, California, and in Philadelphia. Her current primary research interest is moral education, both theoretical and applied. She has written more than 40 articles and chapters and is the author or co-author of several books including her recent books, Moral Education: A Teacher-Centered Approach (2004) and The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices (2001), which she co-authored with Penn law professor Howard Lesnick.  Dr. Goodman received the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1994.

Almanac - July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01