The University of Louisville has named Dennis Hall as its interim Ombudsperson pending the appointment of a permanent Ombuds on the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Grievance Process Review Committee. Hall is a professor in the Department of History and teaches in the areas of popular culture, eighteenth century British literature, and composition & rhetoric. In 2006, he published a critical essay in the Journal of Popular Culture on the cultural significance of Britney Spears' bare mid-riff style. He earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Most of the content for the Louisville Ombuds website is licensed from the University of Colorado at Boulder. (Louisville Ombuds Office; Faculty Profile; Journal of Popular Culture.)
Update 2/5/09: “Dennis has been an outspoken advocate for students, faculty and staff for many years,” said Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “He brings integrity and a passion for fairness to this position. We are pleased he has agreed to help us lay the groundwork for this office as we address the concerns of our faculty and staff.” (UofL Press Release.)
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