Dr. Lakshmi Goel, an associate professor of information systems at the Coggin College of Business, teaches Management of Information Technology, Social Media and Business Analytics and E-Business Strategy. Goel’s current research focuses on IT ecosystems in innovation networks, IT-facilitated learning environments and social media for small and medium enterprises.
Goel received her Ph.D. in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Houston. Her research works are published in various conferences such as International Conference on Information Systems and the Americas Conference on Information Systems, to name a few, as well as numerous journals including Management Information Systems Quarterly and Journal of the Association of Information Systems.
Goel said she would always choose to be a teacher, even if it meant volunteering for an organization that needed educators. "I come from a family of social workers and educators. I can't imagine doing anything else."
Because Goel teaches about tech, there is a lot of tech in her courses; however, a big part of what she teaches is the “fit” between the tech and the task at hand. “I’m mindful that technology complements my teaching, rather than overwhelms it or substitutes for it.”
Get to Know Dr. Lakshmi Goel
If you could witness any historical event, what would it be?
"I'd love to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I just took the test to become a U.S. citizen, so I'm fresh on American history."
What is your personal philosophy?
"Be open to change. Try to leave the world a better place."
Who has been the biggest role model in your life?
"I've been fortunate to have several role models in my personal and professional life, and I've learned valuable lessons from each. For example, my doctoral advisor, Dr. Blake Ives, often said, 'Life is far too important to take seriously.' I keep that in mind when things get too stressful."
What do you like most about UNF?
Most people I meet at UNF enjoy their work and love campus and the city as much as I do, which makes it easy to achieve common goals.