With a candidate search still underway, UTMB has added a section to its institutional handbook covering the selection, role and responsibilities of the faculty Ombuds. The policy expressly states that the position is confidential, neutral, independent, and informal, and reports directly to the university president. The policy references UCOA standards (although it links to the IOA website). The position is limited to a one-year term and may be held only by "a highly respected non-UTMB tenured faculty member." A UTMB faculty blogger remains skeptical. (UTMB Policies; Texas Faculty Assn. Blog.)
Related: Job Posting.