September 02, 2014

Chapman University Debuts Ombuds Program

The private university in Orange, California has unveiled a website for its first Faculty Ombudsperson.  According to the site, Prof. James Brown practices to IOA standards and serves as an, "impartial dispute resolver who strives to see that faculty, and other members of the Chapman community with whom they interact, are treated fairly and equitably."

Job Posting: Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco

KP is hiring a full-time Health Care Ombuds/Mediator in South San Francisco, California. The Kaiser HCOM, "functions as a trained alternative dispute professional offering patients, family members, staff & providers a conflict management program to resolve patient/provider healthcare disputes early thereby improving patient safety & reducing the costs of health care dispute resolution."

September 01, 2014

2014 ACR Conference Includes Two Sessions About Ombuds

Usually a few Ombuds present are presenters at the Association for Conflict Resolution's Annual Conference.  The conference this year, in Cincinnati on October 8-11, will include just one: ICANN Ombudsman, Chris LaHatte will be the featured speaker for ACR International Day.  His session is entitled, "Dealing with Cultural Difference in a Multi Stakeholder Environment." 

August 29, 2014

Florida Polytechnic University: New School, New Ombuds

Florida Poly is the newest member institution of the State University System of Florida and it opened for classes on August 16, 2014. Among the services offered by the new university, is an Ombuds Office for students. Velmarie L. Albertini is the Ombuds and she also serves as the Academic Program Coordinator. 

August 28, 2014

New Boston University Ombuds to Offer Colloquim at UMass Boston

Adam Barak Kleinberger, who was hired as an Associate Ombudsman at BU earlier this summer, will give a colloquium entitled, “Organizational Ombuds: An Improvised Journey” on September 18, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

August 27, 2014

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Seeks Submissions for 2015 Conference

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is accepting proposals for its annual conference to be held April 15-18, 2015 at the Westin Seattle. Many Ombuds have presented over the past few years and it’s a great opportunity to reach a different audience. The deadline for proposals is September 5, 2014.

Northern Illinois University Ombuds Office Marks 45 Years

An open house on September 9, 2014, will celebrate the 45th anniversary of NIU's Office of the Ombudsperson.  Hosted by NIU Ombuds Sarah Klaper, the event will include remarks from NIU President Doug Baker.  The campus student center will offer a special display of the history of the Office of the Ombudsperson.  (NIU Today.)

August 26, 2014

Job Posting (RFP): North Carolina State University

The public research university in Raleigh has issued a request for proposals for an Ombudsman Service. According to the RFP, "NC State seeks to provide its faculty members with a confidential and independent resource for discussion of workplace questions, issues, concerns, conflicts, or disputes." 

August 21, 2014

ABA Business Law Section: "The Ombuds Are Coming!"

The ABA Business Law Section proclaims the arrival of Organizational Ombuds.  (Exclamation point in original headline.)  Ombuds Subcommittee Chair Bennett Feigenbaum says that although "major corporate financial scandals have heightened interest in ombuds," growth in the number of Ombuds in the private sector has occurred "mostly under the radar of business lawyers."  

August 20, 2014

South African HR Conference Spotlights Ombuds

Earlier this week, Flourish!, the inaugural annual conference of the South African Organisational Development Network included a session about Organizational Ombuds. Mervyn Malamed, a business consultant with Positive Conflict Management gave a plenary session: "The Organisational Ombud - not the Classic Ombud!"

August 19, 2014

Job Posting: Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Department Of Homeland Security agency has posted a vacancy announcement for Reservist ADR Advisor positions in its Alternative Dispute Resolution cadre. Reservists are on-call Federal Government employees who are deployed on short notice for 30-60 days to large presidentially declared disasters. Using a variety of ADR techniques, they work to resolve workplace conflicts and inform senior disaster management about trends and areas of concern.

August 15, 2014

University of Kentucky Names Ombuds

The public university in Lexington has appointed law professor Michael P. Healy, to the role of Academic Ombud for 2014-2015. The Office of Academic Ombud Services at UK assisting 40,000 students and instructional staff with academic problems and conflicts. Healy's term began August 1, 2014. 

Save the Date for Northwest Ombuds Group Autumn 2014 Meeting

Valerie Craigwell White will host the informal group of Ombuds from U.S. northwest and Canada's western provinces at Lewis & Clark College in Portland on Friday, October 24, 2014.  Save the date and stay tuned for additional details (NWOG News.)

August 14, 2014

Texas Tech University to Appoint First Faculty Ombuds

Texas Tech is conducting an internal search for its first University Faculty Ombudsperson. The position will work with about 2,600 academic staff and report to the Faculty Senate and Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

August 13, 2014

'Workplace Advisors' Serve as Staff Ombuds for Bucknell University

Earlier this year, the large, private, liberal arts university unveiled its Workplace Advisor Program for staff with issues of concern.  The eight current Workplace Advisors are full-time Bucknell employees who provide a neutral or objective assistance. University employees self-select an Advisor and contact them directly.  An administrator for the program is not identified.