University Faculty Senate seeks ombudsperson

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Faculty Senate is seeking interested faculty for the position of University Faculty Ombudsperson. The ombudsperson must be a current or emeritus faculty member.

The person who is elected will serve one year as Ombudsperson-Elect, concurrent with the last year of the incumbent ombudsperson’s term, and then serve four years as ombudsperson.

To be considered for this position or to nominate a colleague, send a letter of interest/nomination to Paula Brown at pmg1@psu.edu by March 27. If you are nominating a colleague, secure the colleagues’ agreement to be nominated before submitting the nomination.

Information on the role of the University Faculty Ombudsperson, recent reports, and various related policies can be found at http://senate.psu.edu/faculty/university-faculty-ombudsperson/.

Duties of the University Faculty Ombudsperson are outlined in the Senate Standing Rules, Article III, Section 9:

  • Coordinate the training of all college and campus faculty ombudspersons
  • Provide for the appropriate dissemination of information among the various college and campus faculty ombudspersons
  • Be the University-level contact for the various college and campus faculty ombudspersons
  • Report periodically to the Senate Council
  • Maintain liaison with the Office of the University Provost, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the University Faculty Senate

The Ombudsperson-Elect has no formal role or responsibility, other than to acquire a thorough understanding of university policies that pertain to faculty rights and responsibilities and promotion and tenure, and other aspects of the position.

For additional information contact Daniel R. Hagen in the Office of the University Faculty Senate at drh@psu.edu or (814) 863-0221.

Last Updated March 02, 2017