Dr. Carole Goodson Retires from UH College of Technology After 50 Years


The University of Houston (UH) College of Technology salutes Dr. Carole E. Goodson as she retires from more than 50 years of professorial service to the University. 

After attending UH as an undergraduate and graduate student and receiving B.S. and M.Ed. degrees, Dr. Goodson received her doctorate (Ed.D.) in Education from the University and became a prolific researcher and published author. During her long tenure at the University of Houston, she has served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions, including associate dean for the College of Technology and department chair of three departments within the College.

“Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of anything is quite an achievement,” notes Dr. Anthony Ambler, dean of the College of Technology. “But, in this case, where we are celebrating 50 years of service to the University of Houston by Dr. Carole Goodson, it is amazing! In my four-plus years at UH, I have come to know Carole as a wonderful person. But the more I discovered about her background, her contributions, her devotion, her involvement, her teaching, her organization, her energy, her adaptability, and her diversity, it is nothing short of outstanding.”

Dr. Goodson’s teaching and publishing activities have centered on assessment practices, statistics, and the development of web-based courses such as Assessment and Evaluation in Training and Development, Applied Technical Statistics, and Statistical Methods for Training and Development. She is also the founder of the College’s Instructional Support Services (ISS) Lab. Her activities have been funded through work on grants from the National Science Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“Dr. Goodson is the ultimate professional colleague and valued friend,” says Dr. Barbara Stewart, interim chair of the Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences at UH. “Her dedication to her profession and UH is clear in all that she does. Together, with others, we have co-authored scores of journal articles, abstracts, and presentations. She is a delight to work with, ever ready to think well and execute fully. In her administrative roles, she showed wisdom and commitment. As a colleague, she is collaborative and effective. As a friend, she is kind and giving.” 

An active member of the American Society of Engineering Education, she is a member of the Academy of Fellows, a past member of the Board of Directors, and has held the positions of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology, director of the Engineering Technology Council, chair of the Education, Research and Methods Division, and chair of the Gulf Southwest Section.

“One has to ask where and what her focus will be in retirement,” adds Dean Ambler. “A whirlwind comes to mind! I wish this incredible lady a long, happy, and well-earned retirement.”

“Congratulations to Dr. Goodson on a professional career that has inspired me, our colleagues, and the countless students whose lives she has touched,” shares Dr. Stewart.