After a hiatus of several years, during which the state's flagship public university offered Ombuds services only to students and staff, Marjorie Kostelnik and Rodrigo Franco Cruz were named the UNL Faculty Ombuds. As of yesterday, they will be providing Ombuds services to about 1,500 instructional employees according to IOA standards. Judy Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs said, "Marjorie and Rodrigo care deeply about our university and will be an excellent resource for our faculty."
Kostelnik is a Professor and has been a member of the UNL faculty since 2000. Her teaching a research focuses on early childhood education. Prior to her appointment as Ombuds, she served for two years as Senior Associate to the President. Before coming to Nebraska, she spent 22 years on the faculty at Michigan State. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh an earned her MS and PhD at Penn State.
Cruz has been an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at UNL since 2009. Prior to that, he was a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his BS and PhD from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (Nebraska Today.)
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