The current issue of the publication from the NY State Bar Dispute Resolution Section includes three articles about Ombuds.
December 04, 2013
On December 13, Chuck Howard and Jonathan E. McBride will give a plenary presentation at the National Association of Corporate Directors Master Class in Miami. The course is designed for experienced boardroom leaders and is required for NACD Leadership Fellows.
Labels: Private Sector
December 03, 2013
The Touro College and University System has appointed Rabbi Moshe Krupka to serve as its first Ombudsman. Krupka is an Executive Vice President of the New York-based, private Jewish institution, which includes New York Medical College, Touro University California, and Touro University Worldwide, an online program. The Ombudsman Office reports through Touro's Institutional Compliance and serves faculty, staff and about 19,000 students.
The public university in Toronto is hiring a part-time Assistant Ombudsperson for an 11-month appointment (January 7, 2014 - December 31, 2014). The posting seeks applicants with several years experience in conflict resolution and knowledge of the post-secondary education setting and student policies and services. Applications are due June 6, 2013. (Ryerson Posting.)
December 02, 2013
The parent corporation of the University of Phoenix (which recently renamed itself to reflect its focus on education) has an Office of Ombuds Services, which serves about 40,000 employees and faculty. Susan Casino was appointed the first Ombudsman for Apollo in 2006 and has created and maintained the office for the past eight years. Associate Ombudsman Elizabeth Hill joined two years ago. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the office is informal, independent, neutral and confidential.
On November 1, 2013, UTC Ombud, Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa hosted a day-long conference on Ombudsing in Southern Africa. The event also offered its host the chance to recap her time as UTC's first Ombuds. As one of the few University Ombuds in the region, Makamandela-Mguqulwa faced a steep learning curve. "It's been a source of immense learning to us as we travelled this three-year journey," she said.
After a five year hiatus, the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds has begun publishing its journal again. The latest issue includes new articles about Ombuds practices and summaries of 2012 conference sessions. In addition, all back issues of the Journal of CCCUO are now online.
November 27, 2013
The European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education will hold its eleventh annual conference at the University of Warsaw, Poland on May 15-17, 2014. More details will be published as soon as they are available.
November 25, 2013
November 22, 2013
The private, Jesuit university has named Associate Professor of Sociology, Marcus Kondkar, to serve as its first Faculty Ombuds. The office was established earlier this year by in 2013 by Loyola's President, Kevin Wm. Wildes, on the recommendation of the University Senate, to assist faculty in handling university-related conflicts or complaints. The office operations are consistent with IOA Standards of Practice.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has appointed José Ignacio González to serve as its first Ombudsperson. Gonzalez said, "For me it is a great responsibility, because the new position will connect with the 32,000 people who are part of the University in its various levels."
The alternative dispute resolution portal is seeking proposals for its monthly webinar series. The ADRhub webinar series offers a broad range of presentations hosted by industry experts to help keep participants up-to-date on the latest activities, trends, industry practices, and hot topics. Ombuds have presented at least twice already.
Labels: Professional Devt.
November 21, 2013
The public university in Stillwater, Oklahoma has named former administrator Ronald Beer as its first Ombudsperson. OSU President Burns Hargis said that Beer, “was selected from a strong pool of candidates for the position, for which he is especially well suited, thanks to his 20 years of experience as vice president of student affairs.” Beer will serve a population of about 26,000 faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
GATHER is a hands-on guidebook from the Monitor Institute and Rockefeller Foundation for convening designers and social change leaders. Drawing on input from 70 expert convening practitioners, it provides a clear series of steps for can be a naturally chaotic workflow and principles to use for each of the many tactical choices involved. Ombuds who provide this type of service for their organizations may find this a valuable resource. (Monitor Institute, via Campus-adr Tech Blog.)
Labels: Practice Pointers
November 18, 2013
The private, for-profit university based in Prescott Valley, Arizona is hiring another Student and Faculty Ombudsperson. The faculty-level position reports to the provost's office and serves as a neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to students and faculty. NCU has at least two other Ombuds, Melanie Shaw and Jessica Hensley, but there is no online presence for their office yet.