New Office of Research position centered on humanities, social sciences

Pitt has named its inaugural assistant vice chancellor for research for the humanities, arts, social sciences and related fields.

Shelome GoodenShelome Gooden will officially begin her position on Jan. 1, 2020, according to @Pitt. Her role will entail fostering collaboration with University leaders to support research outside a laboratory or clinical space.

“Our office (Pitt Research) needs to promote and engage with faculty working in all these knowledge domains, and creating this position helps us to do so,” Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Rob Rutenbar said in @Pitt. “I know Shelome’s vision will help to advance the research conducted here at Pitt and will enhance interdisciplinary opportunities.”

Gooden also will work on the University Research Council to help develop funding for research.

She most recently worked as an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, where she specialized in language contact and sound structure in Creole languages.

Gooden said her new role is important because it helps “sustain a research environment that encourages creativity, collaboration and community throughout the University.”

“Research in the broadest sense is vital to the success and mission of this University and to the success of our students, faculty and staff,” Gooden said, according to @Pitt.