As Director of the Werner Institute at Creighton Law School, Professor Goedken focuses on nonlitigation dispute resolution – arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. Before joining the faculty, Professor Goedken earned her BS in Psychology and MS in Industrial Relations, then worked in labor relations and human resources for several years before attending law school. Following graduation from William Mitchell College of Law, Professor Goedken served as labor counsel for Northwest Airlines, where she negotiated labor agreements, arbitrated contract disputes, and responded to complaints of employment discrimination.
More recently she worked for MidAmerican Energy Company, directing the employee and labor relations staff, and provided appellate arbitration services to the Union Pacific Railroad before teaching at Creighton. She continues to serve as a labor arbitrator and mediator. Professor Goedken has taught ADR, Mediation, Legal Research & Writing I, II, and II, and Commercial Contract Drafting. She has also coached the law school's Mediation, ABA Arbitration, Baseball Salary Arbitration, and Client Counseling teams. Professor Goedken became the Director of the Werner Institute in January 2020 after serving 2 1/2 years as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.