Undergraduate Education Team and Councils

Amy Goodburn

Amy Goodburn

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education

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Amy Goodburn leads university-wide student success and degree completion initiatives and provides strategic direction to academic support and engagement units focused in three areas: advising and career development; teaching and learning; and student success and retention programs. She leads campus-wide councils and advisory boards charged with eliminating institutional barriers to degree completion and formulating recommendations and policies that promote an inclusive campus culture of learning, belonging, and engagement. These include the Academic Solutions Council, the Retention Leaders Council, First Generation Nebraska, and the Promoting At-Promise Student Success (PASS) Fellows learning community

Goodburn also serves as the university’s representative in national consortia such as the APLU Powered by Publics initiative to increase degree completion and close equity gaps; the NASPA and Suder Foundation First Scholars Program for institutions committed to first generation scholars; and Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU, a national network of U.S. research universities dedicated to strengthening undergraduate education). She is a board member of UNIZIN, a multi-institutional consortium focused on learner success, access, and affordability through digital teaching and learning ecosystems. More...

Undergraduate Academic Support and Engagement

  • Joe Brownell

    Executive Director of Military and Veteran Success Center and Military Relations

  • Chad Brassil

    Faculty Director, Undergraduate Data Analytics; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Lydia Coulson

    Undergraduate Education and Student Success Communications Specialist

  • Allan Donsig

    Faculty Coordinator, William H Thompson Scholars Learning Community; Professor of Mathematics

  • Lesley Esters

    Director, William H Thompson Scholars Learning Community

  • Joseph Lynch

    Director, Academic Navigators

  • Clearthur Mangram

    Director, Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center

  • Patrice McMahon

    Director, University Honors Program; Professor of Political Science

  • Nick Monk

    Director, Center for Transformative Teaching

  • Lori Romano

    Director, Center for Academic Success and Transition

  • Courtney Santos

    Director, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

  • Patricia Sollars

    Director, Undergraduate Education Programs; Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • CJ Venable

    Training and Professional Development Specialist

  • Emily Wilbur

    Interim Director, University Career Services

Academic Solutions Council

The Academic Solutions Council is charged by the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office to review academic policies and practices in order to increase student retention and eliminate institutional barriers to degree completion. It is comprised of an associate dean from each academic college, a Faculty Senate representative, and leaders of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Council meets monthly to gather input from campus and make recommendations related to issues such as:

  • Scheduling and course delivery models that enhance learning and assist department planning
  • Transfer credit policies and practices to support seamless transition
  • Curricular processes and criteria for transcripted credentials (minors, majors, emphases)
  • University-wide enrollment and curricular processes and requirements (registration holds, the ACE program, the N 2025 experiential learning requirement, etc.)

Retention Leaders Council

The Retention Leaders Council is charged by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor to identify and address key issues related to student retention across academic and student affair units and discuss, develop and share best practices. The RLC regularly reviews data to collectively assess and improve university-wide and college-specific retention programs and services.

First-generation Nebraska Advisory Board

The First-generation Nebraska Advisory Board promotes visibility of first-generation scholars, organizes networking, mentoring, and social programs, and provides professional development workshops for faculty and staff on supporting first-gen scholars’ needs.