Office of the University
Faculty Ombuds


The Office of the Faculty Ombuds at The University of Texas at Austin was established in 2004 to provide faculty with a prompt and professional way to resolve conflicts, disputes, or complaints beyond turning to their supervisors. The office assists faculty with any work-related difficulty, including interpersonal conflict or misunderstandings, as well as academic or administrative concerns. To afford visitors the greatest freedom in using its services, the office is an independent, neutral, and informal problem-solving resource serving faculty. The office maintains strict confidentiality and provides a safe place for faculty to have off-the-record conversations on issues related to work. The faculty ombuds helps individuals identify options for fair and equitable outcomes and fosters civility and mutual respect as outlined in the University Honor Code. The office supplements, but does not replace, any existing grievance mechanisms or modes of redress. The faculty ombuds administratively reports to the provost of the University (faculty) and has the full cooperation of University personnel.

Who is the University Faculty Ombuds?

Mary Steinhardt is currently serving as the Faculty Ombuds.

How do I contact the Faculty Ombuds?

Office Location:
WMB 2.102
Office Address:
The University of Texas at Austin
General Faculty PO Box 7816
Austin, TX 78713

Office Mail Code:

Although no specific office hours are designated, your initial phone or email contact will result in an immediate response or a rapid arrangement of a mutually convenient time for a longer meeting or phone conversation. Please note that due to the limits of technology, confidentiality cannot be ensured in email communication. Thus, you are advised against sending sensitive information via email.

Mary Steinhardt

Spotlights and

2014-15 Annual Report
Presented to the Faculty Council on Dec. 7, 2015

PowerPoint Presentation
(opens as PDF)