September 4, 2020
Dear Graduate and Professional Students,
I’m pleased to introduce myself as the new Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, and I am looking forward to getting to know you and to making your Pitt experience as positive and productive as it can be.
My background is in educational research and my academic home is the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leading in the School of Education. In much of my research I have focused on the perspectives of students, so being in a position to advocate for you builds upon my core values and experiences as a researcher, mentor and teacher.
In addition to being a faculty member in the School of Education, I hold appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program. I am also associated with the Center for Urban Education and the Learning Research and Development Center and collaborate with faculty from the Department of Computer Science in my current research projects. I include these details to share that, in my 18 years at the University, I have gotten to know disciplines and programs across its many schools. I look forward, too, to becoming more involved in the diverse range of graduate, professional and postdoc experiences at Pitt.
I hope to meet with many of you in the upcoming months to hear about your experiences, concerns, and ideas for making graduate programs and postdoc experiences even better. I hold office hours once a month (date, time and Zoom link noted below) and I am always available at VPGodley@pitt.edu.
I want to end by acknowledging that the past few months have been particularly challenging for many of us because of the COVID pandemic, violent and upsetting instances of racism particularly against Black Americans, and unclear federal policies for international students. As Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, it is my goal to be sure that you are healthy and safe; supported in your academic and professional growth; and learning in an environment that values diversity, equity and anti-racism. I know that it will take work and some changes to make all those things happen for everyone, but I am committed to the task and to you.
My team has created a special webpage with resources for graduate and professional students and postdocs during the COVID-19 pandemic, pi.tt/GradPostdocResources. The website is updated frequently. We also encourage you follow us on Twitter and share your accomplishments and honors by tagging us at @PittGradStudies.