Betsy Goulet

Betsy-Goulet Current Location: Springfield, IL
Hometown: Springfield, IL

UIS Degrees: B.A. 1983, M.A. 1992, Ph.D. 2014

Current Position
UIS Research Assistant Professor, Center for State Policy and Leadership/College of Public Affairs and Administration & Coordinator, Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum

Career Highlights
“Founding Director of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, serving as the Children’s Policy Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General and working on legislation with then State Senator Barack Obama, training nationally on child maltreatment, writing my first book chapter, and finally, achieving my dream position as faculty in the MPA program.”

Memories of SSU/UIS
“The incredibly close-knit community of faculty and students when I was in the undergrad and grad programs. I started the undergrad program in 1980 and my advisor was a young faculty member named Dr. Harry Berman. Harry and I have stayed friends for nearly 34 years. This relationship took root in my undergrad and grad days at SSU/UIS and I feel fortunate to have had such a wonderful mentor and friend.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“In college, I struggled to find my way, moving from one major to another until I found the CFC program at SSU. The encouragement I received made it possible for me to develop a task force and start a social service program at the age of 30. My instructors were all instrumental in building my confidence and expertise in human services. This continued to be the case in the Doctoral program and I hope that I have become the same kind of instructor as a result of the wonderful relationships I experienced in my academic career.”

Favorite Movie
“Don’t laugh. It is Groundhog Day. I have always loved the idea of using every minute and every gift to the absolute highest level possible – that movie reinforces the value in living life to the fullest and taking every chance possible. A close second….Wizard of Oz. As someone who has lived in Springfield forever and collected three degrees from UIS, it is clear that ‘there’s no place like home!’”

Posted on August 5, 2014