September 20, 2019

Momentum for Academic Ombuds in Polish Universities Worries Some Unions

Several leading universities in Poland are considering the appointment of Academic Ombuds following the lead of U.S. universities. Currently only the University of Warsaw has an Ombuds, Anna Cybulko, but the University of Silesia expects to appoint its first Ombuds by the end of the year. Ombuds are also under review at Jagiellonian University, the University of Rzeszów, and the University of Bialystok. Polish union leaders, who have traditionally negotiated issues involving university employees, are growing concerned about the new Ombuds.

IOA Signs on as ACR 2019 Conference Sponsor

The International Ombudsman Association is a sponsor of the Association for Conflict Resolution's annual conference currently underway in Tucson, Arizona (September 18-21, 2019). IOA joins Mediate.com and National Association for Community Mediation as "Organizational Sponsors." 

September 19, 2019

Job Posting: University of Minnesota

The U of M is hiring a part-time Outreach Ombuds. The position is located in the Student Conflict Resolution Center headed by Jan Morse. The primary job duty is providing Ombuds services to all members of the campus community. A significant secondary duty is directing the center’s communications, training, and outreach program to the University community.

Job Posting: Lund University

Lunds universitet, the prestigious Swedish university founded in 1666, is hiring a Doctoral Ombudsman. The position works with all doctoral students enrolled in Lund University's eight faculties. The Ombuds is employed by the Lund Doctoral Student Union and this is independent of the university. The full-time position will start with a six-month probationary period. 

September 18, 2019

Thomas Scott: Former Cornell University Ombuds

Thomas W. Scott, an Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and former University Ombudsman, passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 89. At Cornell, Scott served as University Ombuds from 1992 to 1994, and he retired from the faculty in 1995. Ralph Obendorf, a fellow professor recalled a constant stream of students coming to see Scott. “He fought hard for the underdogs,” Obendorf said. “The typical aggie student that was going back to the farm, he could relate to them. [...] He had a really good rapport with them.” (Cornell News; Ombuds.)

September 17, 2019

Job Posting: Colorado State University

The public land-grant university in Ft. Collins has opened a search for a full-time Ombuds. This signals CSU's continued commitment to the Ombuds program that was in doubt after the resignation of the former Ombuds, Lanai Greenhalgh, in April 2018. The position oversees the CSU Ombuds Office Ombuds, which serves university employees and includes a quarter-time Faculty Ombuds, half-time EAP Counselor/ Coordinator and shared Community Resources Coordinator. The University Ombuds Office reports functionally to the Offices of the President and Provost, and administratively to the Associate Vice President for Human Capital.

Job Posting: Carleton University

The public university in Ottawa, Ontario has opened a search for its next University Ombudsperson. The position is, "Responsible for conducting investigations and making recommendations to resolve complaints, from any university community member, exclusive on union employment and labour relations." These duties are not unusual for Ombuds in Canada.* The Carleton Ombuds reports to a Committee comprised of members of the campus community. 

Summer 2019 Meeting of Colorado Ombuds Includes Swag

On Friday, September 13th the Colorado Ombuds Group gathered for an all-day retreat hosted by the CU Denver|Anschutz Ombuds Office team (Melissa Connell, Lisa Neale, and Teresa Ralicki). Participants received "Om-mugs."

Queen's University Selects Ombuds

Lavonne Hood has been appointed the next University Ombuds for the public research university in Kingston, Ontario. She succeeds  Heather Cole, who served as Ombuds on an interim basis for the past year. Hood will work with students, staff and faculty across six faculties and numerous departments—a total population of about 35,000. Previously, Hood was the Senior Legal Counsel in the office of the University Secretariat & Legal Counsel. (Queen's Ombuds.)

September 16, 2019

León Declaration Joins Five Ombuds Networks in Collaboration

At the European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education's 15th annual meeting in June 2019, representatives from five networks of Ombuds in higher education in Spain, Portugal, Canada, Latin America, and Europe agreed to increase joint cooperation. 


Texas Tech Selects Next Faculty Ombuds

Tara Stevens has been named the Faculty Ombudsperson for the public research university in Lubbock, Texas. She succeeds Jean Pearson Scott, who established the position in 2015. Stevens is a Professor of Educational Psychology. 


Job Posting: Inkomoko

Inkomoko is hiring a Director of People (HR Director) for its headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda. The position has significant, but not exclusively, Organizational Ombuds duties. The company is the Rwandan affiliate of African Entrepreneur Collective, a US-based network of accelerators that offer business education, consulting, and access to affordable capital to help entrepreneurs create jobs.

September 13, 2019

Job Posting: National Institutes of Health

The NIH Office of the Ombudsman is seeking an Associate Ombudsman for an initial, one-year contract appointment. The search will fill a position recently vacated by Tyler Smith. The position will join a highly respected team in the NIH Center for Cooperative Resolution and report to the Director, Kathleen Moore.

Elon University Appoints a Faculty Ombuds

Jeff Clark has been named the next Faculty Ombuds for the private university in North Carolina, effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Mat Gendle. Clark completed IOA training in July.

September 12, 2019

Marquette University Shuts Down Ombuds Office

The Office of the Ombuds at Marquette University closed last Friday, September 6, 2019.  The office, which opened in 2002, served faculty and staff.  The closing affects Kerry Egdorf, who served as the Ombuds for 12 years.  No explanation was given for the closing; however, the position was one of 24 jobs eliminated last week.