September 21, 2018

Lakehead University Selects Ombuds

Rob Thompson has been appointed the Lakehead University Ombudsperson. Thompson is already familiar with the role. He recently served as the Ombudsperson Support Officer at the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. At Lakehead, he will works with 11,000 faculty, staff, and students on a part-time basis while he completes a Master's in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford in the UK. (Lakehead Ombuds.)

Northern Arizona University Taps Next Faculty Ombudsman

NAU has appointed Bruce Fox for a three-year term as Faculty Ombudsman. He succeeds Gene Moan and will work with about 1,500 faculty members at the campus in Flagstaff. has been named to a three-year term as the Faculty Ombudsman at NAU. Fox has been a faculty member ince 1985 and is a Professor in the School of Forestry. 

University of Rochester Med Center Opens Ombuds Program for Grad Students and Trainees

The academic medical center in Upstate New York has created an Ombuds program to serve graduate students, postdoctoral appointees, and trainees. Three faculty members provide confidential, neutral, independent, and informal consultations in person or by phone. The Ombuds are Bob Freeman, Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology; Krystel Huxlin, Professor of Ophthalmology; and Chris Seplaki, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences. The program began operating in December 2017. (URMC Ombuds.)

September 20, 2018

Francis Marion University Creates Ombuds Program

The public liberal arts university has named Katherine Barnette as its first Student Ombudsman. She serves a student body of 4,200 students on the campus near Florence, South Carolina. Her work follow IOA standards of confidentiality, neutrality, informality and independent. She reports to the VP of Student Affairs & Dean of Students.

Job Re-posting: Columbia College Chicago

The independent, private, liberal arts college in Illinois has re-opened its search for an Academic Ombudsperson. (A search that opened in July apparently hasn't been successful.) The part-time position will be available to full-time faculty members with workplace or academic conflicts. The Ombuds will report to the Provost for administrative and budgetary purposes. 

Lehigh University Appoints New Faculty Ombuds

Elizabeth (Beth) Dolan has been named the second Ombudsperson for the private university in Bethlehem, PA. She joins Robert Thornton, who has served in role since 2014. Dolan is an Associate Professor of English and has been at Lehigh since 2001. The Lehigh Ombuds office serves about 9,000 faculty, staff, and students. 

Ombuds at University of Washington Offers Perspective

Chuck Sloane, the University Ombud at UW (he is one of the few that drops the 's' from the neutered label), was interviewed for the campus newsletter. The wide-ranging conversation covered his career path, and explanation of the Ombuds role and challenges gained during his five-year tenure.

September 19, 2018

Internship Opportunity: UNICEF, New York

The United Nations Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services is seeking an intern for UNICEF (and including UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, and UN Women) in New York City.  The full-time, paid internship will last 26 weeks and offers the opportunity to support the office's mediation training, outreach, and advocacy. The position starts before the end of November.

Video Introduces University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Ombuds Program

A new video explains the work of the UW-Milwaukee's Ombuds Council. The seven members provides impartial and confidential conflict resolution services to 5,000 university employees. The video features Nadya Fouad, Chair of the Ombuds Council, and council members Jeanne Wagner, Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Social Work Field Education, and David Pate, Chair of Social Work & Associate Professor. (YouTube.)

University of Iowa Ombuds Reports Surge in Cases

In her latest annual report, UI University Ombudsperson, Cynthia Joyce, says that her office received 737 visitors in 2017-18, a 10% increase from the prior year. Staff comprised more than half the visitors and the hierarchical relationship issues predominated. 

September 18, 2018

Job Posting: Rochester Institute of Technology

The private university in Upstate New York has opened a search for an Associate Ombudsperson. The position will report to John Johnston, who became the University Ombudsperson this summer, and replace Lee Twyman, who ran the office single-handedly for nearly 15 years. The RIT Ombuds Office practices to IOA standards and serves over 24,000 students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

United Nations Publishes Interview with New Ombuds

Shireen L. Dodson, who started her job as the United Nations Ombudsman earlier this month, was interviewed by the UN's news organization. She traces the arc of her career, which had its origins as child peace-maker at Thanksgiving dinner. 

September 17, 2018

Job Posting: California State University Channel Islands

The public university in Ventura County is hiring its first University Ombuds Officer. The position serves about 1,100 faculty and staff and reports to the University president. Although not mentioned in the job description, the Cal State University Ombuds cannot keep sexual misconduct allegations confidential. The position is required to receive IOA training.

ABA to Host Ombuds Day Reception in Washington, DC

The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee is hosting a reception in the nation's capital the inaugural Ombuds Day on October 11, 2018.

Job Posting: Halliburton

The Halliburton Dispute Resolution Program in Houston is hiring an Dispute Resolution Analyst -- essentially that of an entry-level position in an Organizational Ombuds office. Depending on the applicant's qualification, there are increased opportunities for Ombuds duties.