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Faculty Ombuds (Internal Candidates Only)

Title Faculty Ombuds (Internal Candidates Only)
Search # AA-0043-23
Department Provost
Status Accepting Applications
Position Summary

Faculty Assistance:  Typical Responsibilities: Intakes complaints/concerns raised by individuals and/or groups regarding and/or affecting the university faculty community.  Researches laws, regulations, policies, processes and practices available for the successful resolution of issues brought to the Ombuds attention.  Provides confidential and informal guidance and assistance to the client(s).  Assists the client by facilitating communications with others who are involved in their issues.  This office supplements, but does not replace, the university’s existing resources for handling harassment or discrimination complaints based on a legally or policy protected status.  Nor does the Faculty Ombuds interfere with, compromise or negate existing structures of mediation, conflict resolution or due process within the university structure.

Raising Systemic Concerns:  Typical Responsibilities:   Through the provision of assistance to faculty and additional research, identify trends in reported grievances and concerns while seeking out systemic causes for these that may exist among faculty and organizational policies, procedures or practices.  To do this effectively, the incumbent must be able to assess data gathering opportunities; make decisions as to what would constitute appropriate, meaningful concerns to the faculty community; recognizing that the “audience” will either be developing its own recommendations or drawing upon the Ombuds’ recommendations for development, revision and improvement of faculty-related University operations to enhance and/or support improved relationships

Program Administration Reporting:  Typical Responsibilities:   Prepares annual reports to the Provost and university faculty community discussing trends in reported grievances and concerns.  To do this effectively, the incumbent must be able to gather data concerning the casework undertaken, encourage clients to respond to anonymous satisfaction surveys, and make decisions as to what would constitute appropriate, meaningful data for the faculty community.

Program Ambassador Typical Responsibilities:  (1) Reach out to the faculty and administrative community to raise awareness of the availability, services and philosophy of Faculty Ombuds; (2) Assist in educating committees and work groups regarding the support needs of faculty in all career stages that might be addressed through professional development opportunities or other means; (3) Maintain a web site with current information about the Faculty Ombuds services and

Minimum Qualifications

The Ombuds will be recruited from the tenured faculty at the Associate Professor Rank or above and is expected to serve a 2-year term in office.


The position will be a 35% Ombuds workload and 65% regular faculty workload at the individual’s current rate of pay during the nine-month academic year and will be supported at .20 FTE during the summer months.  The individual hired will retain a faculty appointment in his/her academic department and return to full-time when no longer serving as the Faculty Ombuds.

Compensation to Department:  The academic department of the selected candidate will be compensated for expenses allocated for adjunct coverage of the Ombud’s teaching release, up to 9 credits at the rate of $929/credit plus fringe.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Faculty Ombuds position, submit via email the following materials to Cindy Anson, Provost’s Office no later than March 8, 2013.

1.  A cover letter including a description of the skills and interests you would bring to the position; and c) a brief section addressing the question, “What does it mean to be an advocate for fairness, rather than an advocate for an individual or the institution?”  Your letter should not exceed two pages.

2.  A current CV.

3.  Letters of endorsement from both your Department Chair and your Dean.

4.  The names and contact information for three references.

Additional Information

All application materials must be received no later than March 8, 2013 for consideration.  Finalists will be recommended to the Provost by March 22, 2013.

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