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Professor of English, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of Undergraduate Education

Professional Areas of Specialty

As Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Amy leads university-wide student success and retention initiatives and oversees directors of the following units:

  • Undergraduate Education Programs (ACE, learning communities, transfer)
  • First Year Experience and Transition Programs
  • Military and Veteran Success Center
  • Student Success Reporting and Analytics
  • University Advising and Career Services
  • The University Honors Program
  • The William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
  • New Student Enrollment
  • The Emerging Leaders Program

Goodburn is also a member of the Chancellor's University Leadership Team, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor's Senior Team, the University's Enrollment Management Council, and the Accreditation Leadership and Threat Assessment teams.

From 2015-2017 she served as UNL's Interim Dean for Academic Services and Enrollment Management. From 2006-2011 she served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and from 2001-2013, she co-coordinated UNL's Peer Review of Teaching Project, a faculty development program to document and assess student learning via electronic course portfolios.

Personal Teaching Statement

I view teaching as an ongoing, scholarly inquiry that is informed by my interests in the teaching of writing, school and community literacy practices, and ethnographic and teacher research methodologies. Whether I am working with graduate students in teaching circles, undergraduates in service-learning partnerships, k-12 teachers or community literacy activists in summer workshops, my ultimate goal as a teacher is to engage in shared inquiry and reflection into how best to support people’s literacy lives in and beyond the classroom.

Selected Publications and Projects


Rewriting Success in Rhetoric and Composition Careers.  With Donna LeCourt and Carrie Leverenz. Parlor Press, 2012.

Inquiry into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching. With Paul Savory and Amy Burnett. Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Making Teaching and Learning Visible: Peer Review and Course Portfolios. With Dan Bernstein, Paul Savory, and Amy Burnett. Anker Press, 2006.

Composition, Pedagogy, and the Scholarship of Teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann/BoyntonCook, 2002. With Deborah Minter.

Articles and Book Chapters

Minter, Deborah and Amy Goodburn. “Documenting Teaching in the Era of Big Data.” Assessing the Teaching of Writing: Twenty-First Century Trends and Technologies. Ed. Amy E. Dayton. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2015. 187-200. Print.

Goodburn, Amy. “Peer Review of Teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”  Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: International Perspectives. Eds. Judyth Sachs and Mitch Parsell.  Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, 2014. 165-180. Print.

Savory, Paul and Amy Goodburn. “Types of Faculty Course Portfolios to Showcase Classroom Practices and Student Learning.” Eds. B. Volk and D. Miller. E-Portfolios at the Interface Between Study and Occupation. Germany: Waxman Publishing    Company, 2013. Print. 

 “Measuring Classroom Engagement by Comparing Instructor Expectations with Students’ Perceptions.” Mountainrise, Vol. 7 No 1. 2012. With Jody Kellas and Paul Savory.

“The Costs of Scholarly Teaching.” Guest Editorial. Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. 4 (2009): 9-11. Print.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University

M.A., The Ohio State University

B.A., Miami University

Areas of Interest

Composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies

Critical and multicultural pedagogies

Ethnographic and teacher research

Community/school literacy practices

Documenting and assessing teaching and learning in postsecondary education