The medical center in Galveston is seeking accepting applications for its first Faculty Ombudsman. The 20% position will report to the UTMB Chief Academic Officer and will be serve as a confidential and informal resource for the faculty. Applicants must have a PhD or MD, and have held a faculty appointment in an academic institution. Preferred qualifications include formal training in conflict management or alternative dispute resolution; experience at a University Medical Center; record of prior contributions in providing institutional service in a private of public sector health care setting. No salary or closing date indicated. (UTMB Jobline, Job Opening #21481.)
This search has been open since the Summer of 2008. As of April 2009, there had only been two applicants, who were disqualified because they came from within UTMB. (UTMB Faculty Senate Minutes, 4/13/09.) Clearly, the applicant profile has unnecessarily limited the pool of potential candidates. At this point it is surprising that UTMB has not opened the search to applicants would not have to give up a faculty position for 20% appointment or to internal candidates.
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