Mary Steinhardt
Mary Steinhardt



Dr. Mary Steinhardt was appointed to the University Faculty Ombuds position in 2008. Prior to this appointment, she served both as a member and chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee. Her experience in conflict mediation and problem-solving comes primarily from her work as a psychotherapist and as a consultant with such organizations as 3M, Motorola, Applied Materials, Dell, the Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, and Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Resiliency Program in San Antonio. To better serve in the role of University Faculty Ombuds, Dr. Steinhardt attended the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, as well as the International Ombudsman Association’s Ombudsman 101 and Ombudsman 101 Plus courses. She is a current member of the Ombuds of Texas and the International Ombudsman Association.

Born and raised in Smithfield, North Carolina, Dr. Steinhardt did her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (health and physical education). In 1979, she moved to Texas and received an MEd from Lamar University and an EdD from the University of Houston (both in education) while serving as Assistant Coach for Women’s Volleyball. She completed one year of post-doctoral training at the University of Georgia (curriculum and instruction, 1985-86) and received an MA from Texas State University (professional counseling, 1999). She has been on the faculty at UT Austin since 1986 and is currently a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Her teaching and research interests can be found on her web page, http://www.edb.utexas.edu/steinhardt/.