UMKC's has appointed Marita Barkis as its first Staff Ombudsperson. This is a part-time appointment. Barkis is a licensed psychologist in private practice and previously served as the Director of Counseling, Health, Testing and Disabilities Services for the campus from 2000 to 2013.
September 19, 2017
Dick Thompson served as SVSU's Ombudsman from 2005-2008 after a career that included stints as an admissions representative, assistant registrar, registrar, director of admissions and student services, dean of student affairs, and athletic director. He came out of retirement in 2009 to return as University Ombuds. Now, at age 75, he has retired again. Sidney Childs, SVSU's associate provost for student affairs and dean of students, currently serves as the Ombuds. . (Valley Guardian.)
September 18, 2017
The forensics lab that supports the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is hiring an Ombudsman. The Attorney III position works with internal and external stakeholders by mediating complaints attending meetings attorneys and judges, and making recommendations to the Director of the lab and the Attorney General. "The Ombudsman office and the Ombudsman position are independent; the position is neutral, impartial and unaligned. The Ombudsman holds all communications in strict confidence."
September 15, 2017
The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds is calling for individuals to be nominated to serve on its Board of Directors and to be recognized for their volunteer work. Here are the details:
The University of California Davis has extended the deadline for applications for one of its two open Associate Ombuds positions. The position is designated primarily to the UC Davis Medical Center and reports to the Campus Ombuds, Katherine Greenwood.
September 14, 2017
The latest article published by the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association examines how Ombuds are adapting to recent changes in the social and political climate. "Ombudsing in the New Era" was written by Shannon Lynn Burton, the Associate University Ombuds at Michigan State.
September 12, 2017
The TSA's Ombudsman Division (part of the Civil Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement Office) is hiring a full-time Ombudsman Specialist. The position serves internal and external stakeholders and about 25% travel is required.
The public university in Thunder Bay, Ontario is hiring a part-time Ombudsperson for a seven-month contract. The position works with faculty, staff, and students (a total population of about 11,000) and reports to the provost. Dan Duckert became Lakehead's Ombuds earlier this summer and took over from Scott McCormack.
The U.S. national museum and research center has opened a search for its next Ombudsperson, but will only consider internal applicants. The position reports to the CFO and serves about 7,000 employees, most of whom are federal workers. The Smithsonian Ombuds also serves as the Threat Assessment Program Coordinator. Chandra Heilman has been the Ombudsman since 1983.
September 11, 2017
Ombuds will be a prominent part of the Association for Conflict Resolution's 2017 annual conference, "Professionalize Your Passion." Set for October 11-14 in Dallas, TX, the event includes networking events for Ombuds, and Ombuds as plenary speakers, workshop leaders, and honorees. Virginia Tech Ombuds Bryan Hanson is ACR's current president.
September 08, 2017
The International Ombudsman Association has reworked its newsletter, The Independent Voice, which previously was emailed to members about four times a year. The new online format resembles a blog and will be updated periodically. One major difference from a typical blog is that "TIV" is accessible to members only.
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September 07, 2017
The private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut has named Israela Adah Brill-Cass to serves as its first Ombuds for a one-year pilot program. According to a statement from President Michael Roth, "I’m pleased to announce that in response to feedback from faculty and staff, we have hired an ombudsperson—an informal, independent and confidential resource for employees dealing with Title IX and other workplace conflicts. [Brill-Cass] will be on campus one day a week beginning in mid-September...." Brill-Cass will practice to IOA Standards.
The Ohio State University has appointed Sally V. Rudmann, an emeritus professor from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, as its next Faculty Ombudsman. She replaces Lynne Olson, who served in the role since 2013. (OSU Faculty Ombuds.)
September 06, 2017
WUSTL has appointed Peggie R. Smith as its next Ombuds for Faculty. She succeeds Linda Nicholson (WUSTL's first Faculty Ombuds) and joins Jessica Kuchta-Miller, the Ombudsperson for Staff. Smith is a Professor of Employment and Labor Law and will serve an academic staff of about 3,700.
September 05, 2017
UofL has named Mindy L. Eaves as its next Ombuds. Eaves had been the Ombudsman for the Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky's largest school system, since establishing the program in 2012. She takes over from Robert Staat, who was the interim Ombuds following the departure of Tony Belak.
The Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services is offering a full-time, unpaid internship in its Vienna office. The internship will last two months and may be extended. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research on topics related to informal (alternative) dispute resolution in the UN, help identify systemic issues, and assist with outreach activities.