January 15, 2008

UT Austin Screening for Faculty Ombuds

The University of Texas at Austin is reviewing nominations for tenured professors for Faculty Ombudsperson and, possibly, for an Assistant Ombudsperson position. The appointment will replace Stan Roux, who has served a two-year term. According to the announcement, the faculty ombuds will receive mediation training from the UT Law School's Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. There is no mention of IOA training, membership or standards or practice. (UTA Faculty Council Memo.)

Where's the logic in this? If the position is trained only as a mediator, the university should use that title instead. The arrangement seems to lack integrity.

Related post: UT Student Govt. Backs Texas Ombuds Legislation.

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