Beth Goodier joined the Department of Communication in 2001. She teaches courses on such topics as organizational communication, health communication, interviewing, business communication, and leadership. Dr. Goodier has been chair of the Department of Communication since 2010.
Dr. Goodier received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida she served a two-year research assistantship, working with a local government agency to assess and improve internal and external communication processes. In addition, she also served a three-year teaching assistantship, earning the Provost's Award for Graduate Student Teaching in recognition of her contribution to the personal and professional development of her students. Dr. Goodier also earned her master's degree at the University of South Florida in 1998, and her undergraduate degree from Clemson University (Speech Communication) in 1995.
Dr. Goodier's research interests include spirituality, organizational change, collaboration, leadership and health communication. Her dissertation, Sustaining the Spirit: Creating a Sanctuary for Living, Working, and Healing, integrated participant observation, interviewing, and archival research to identify the meanings, motives, and impact of adopting an avowedly spiritual approach to organizing. She adopts an interpretive-symbolic approach, exploring the ways that "spirituality" is both created and sustained through the communicative process in a large, healthcare system. Dr. Goodier's most recent research focuses on experiences of socialization for female physicians in medical school and residency.
M.A. and Ph.D., University of South Florida
B.A., Speech Communication, Clemson University
- Organizational change
- Health communication