The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with the provost, created the position of faculty ombuds to act as an informal, independent, neutral, and confidential agent in faculty disputes. The ombuds informally assists in resolving concerns or problems related to issues of faculty rights and responsibilities; acts as a confidential and informal resource for information, mutual communication channel, complaint receiver, and dispute resolution facilitator; fosters communication between members of the campus community; and promotes the values of fairness, equity, justice, equality of opportunity and mutual respect. All inquiries are confidential unless the faculty member specifically gives the ombuds permission to go to a third person. The current office holder is Professor Kim Killu, who is serving until August 31, 2023. On September 1, 2023, Professor Patrick Beauchesne will being serving a 3-year term as Faculty Ombuds.
The most recent Faculty Ombuds Report covers the period of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022. The prior Faculty Ombuds Report covers the period from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2020.
The document, Policy and Procedures Regarding Faculty Ombuds Position, was approved as amended by Faculty Senate February 20, 2023.
Any faculty member with questions or concerns is invited to contact the faculty ombuds. Call Kim Killu at 313-593-5240 or email, email@example.com.