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.)
September 21, 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.