MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
October 31, 2011
VII. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
B. Annual Report of the Faculty Ombudsperson (D 9137).
Professor Mary Steinhardt (kinesiology and health education) reported on her fourth year’s activity as the faculty ombudsperson; her complete report is attached in Appendix B. She described the position’s history, purpose, authority, functions, and operating principles. During 2010-2011, Professor Steinhart had meetings with fifty individuals, which was eight fewer than during the previous year. Most of the problems dealt with tenure and promotion, salary/merit raises, and general interpersonal conflicts. Clients this year were seventeen full professors, nine associate professors, eight assistant professors, four lecturers, and two post-doctoral individuals. Most of the conflicts were resolved without grievances being filed. In addition, she engaged for the first time since becoming the ombudsperson, in outreach activities, coordinating at times with Assistant Vice President Renee Wallace. These outreach events were meetings that generally involved tenure and promotion discussions, which she thought were worthwhile and planned to continue in the future. She has begun to work with the post-doctoral office and has a focus group scheduled as well as an engagement survey and orientation in the planning stages. Her workload has remained similar to that in past years, involving on average about seven to nine hours per week.
Chair Friedman thanked Professor Steinhardt and said the Council should be proud of the ombudsperson position, which was initiated by the faculty, promoted by the faculty, opposed by the administration, advocated again by the faculty, and finally approved by the administration. He said the University and faculty have benefited from the existence of this position and have been very pleased with the results.