October 01, 2014

Job Posting: Columbia University

The private, Ivy League, research university in New York City has opened a search for an Associate University Ombuds Officer. The position works with the University Ombuds, Joan C. Waters, to provide services to nearly 60,000 faculty, staff and students.

Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group Launches Newsletter

On September 15, 2014, the group that promotes ADR within the U.S. government, published the first issue of a newsletter, Resolving Conflict. Victor Voloshin, IADRWG Steering Committee Chair explained that the inaugural newsletter gives some background about the IADRWG and provides a historic perspective on the development of the Federal ADR. It also features some of the current ADR programs within Federal agencies. 

University of the Pacific Opens Internal Search for First Ombuds

The private university in Stockton, California has appointed a search committee to evaluate internal candidates for its first Ombudsperson.  In addition, UOP has decided that the position, which will work with faculty, staff and students on three campuses, should be full time rather than part time as initially proposed last year.  No other details of the search have been made public.  (UOP News.)

September 30, 2014

Budget Cuts Threaten New Ombuds Position at Alabama State University

A continuing budget problem at ASU may endanger the university's first Student Ombudsman.  A current year shortfall of $8-12 million prompted at least one trustee to question the need for an Ombuds, who was hired less than a month ago.

Student Ombuds Serve Students at the University of Chicago

Every fall, the private university hires two student to serve as part-time Ombuds for one year.  Reporting to the president, the Ombuds serve a student of  15,000.  The two current Ombuds report that their office handled 37 cases over the winter and spring quarters of 2014.  The Office of the Student Ombudsperson has been in place at University of Chicago since 1968. (The Chicago Maroon.)

Revised Sexual Misconduct Policies at MIT Continue Protection of Ombuds

At the end of August, Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled changes to many student policies, including an update on sexual harassment and assault policies.  At a time when many universities are grappling with the role of Ombuds in a new era of Title IX enforcement, MIT reiterated that its Ombuds would remain a confidential resource for staff and students. 

September 29, 2014

Job Posting: Transportation Security Administration

The Department Of Homeland Security agency is hiring an Ombudsman Specialist for its Office of the Ombudsman in Arlington, VA. Located in the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement Office, the position serves internal and external customers by using ADR principles and techniques to resolve a wide range of difficult issues, and develop recommendations for the agency.

Job Posting: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

The public university in Edmonton is hiring its first Ombuds. The new Office of the Ombudsman at NAIT will provide guidance to students and staff on academic, interpersonal, and discipline-related issues. The Institute enrolls about 29,000 students (8,400 are full-time) and has 1,200 academic staff. 

Task Force Recommends Ombuds for Student-Athletes at Berkeley

A task force looking into low graduation rates for football players at the University of California, Berkeley has recommended the appointment of an Ombuds specifically for student-athletes along with dozens of other changes.  Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and interim Director of Athletics Mike Williams that they were ready to embrace all of the proposals.   

European Ombuds and Mediators to Gather in Geneva

The International Committee of the Red Cross will host a two-day meeting of European Ombuds and medatiors at the Humanitarium Conference Center in Geneva on October 16 and 17. 

September 24, 2014

MIT Adds an Experienced Ombuds

Judi Segall has joined the Ombuds Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, filling the position vacated by the retirement of Mary Rowe.  For the past 17 years, Segall has been the Ombudsman at Stony Brook University.  In addition, she has served as president of the three professional bodies for Organizational Ombuds: the University and College Ombuds Association (1999-2001), The Ombudsman Association (2001-2005), and as the International Ombudsman Association (2005-2006).

September 22, 2014

Job (Re-)Posting: Howard University

The federally chartered, private university in Washington, D.C has re-opened its search for its first Ombudsperson. (The prior search begn in July 2013.)  The position reports directly to both the President of the University and the Chair of the Faculty Senate and will serve primarily faculty and administrators. 

September 19, 2014

Job Posting: Alabama State University

The public, historically black university in Montgomery has opened a search for its first Student Ombudsman. The full-time position will apparently report to the Office of the Provost and serve a student population of about 5,600. ASU has not had any kind of Ombuds program before. 

September 17, 2014

D.C. Schools Ombuds Reports on a Busy First Year

In a report released today, the Ombudsman for Public Education in Washington DC, Joyanna Smith says that she has re-started the office and handled 150 matters.  In the first six months, more than two-thirds of the 150 inquiries came from parents of DC public schools students and about a quarter from parents of charter school students.

Cornell University Ombuds Celebrates 45 Years

Cornell's Office of the University Ombudsman is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its founding with an open house on Friday, October 3, 2014. (Cornell Events.)