The private research university in Missouri has named Susan Frelich Appleton, a Professor of Law, as its first Ombuds for faculty-related conflicts or concerns. Professor Emeritus of Political Science James W. Davis will serve as her associate. During the pilot phase of the program Appleton will serve faculty members with appointments on the Danforth Campus.
In addition to working with faculty, Appleton and Davis will provide general information to University officials, including the Faculty Senate Council, on trends and patterns of complaints. According to a University announcement, the new Ombuds Office will follow the IOA Standards of Practice.
A nationally known expert in family law, Appleton is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), where she holds the office of Secretary and serves on the ALI Council. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation. At the law school, she served as associate dean of faculty for six years. She graduated from Vassar College and earned her JD from UC Berkeley. Davis retired from WUSTL in 2006. In addition to teaching, he was the founding director of the University's Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service and also served as a Vice Chancellor. (WUSL News; WUSTL Faculty Profiles: Appleton, Davis.)