The Ombudsperson Program began in 2009 following a recommendation by the Emeritus Faculty Association. The UCO Academic Ombudsperson Program consists of emeritus faculty members, who have been through the tenure and promotion processes at UCO.
Academic Ombudsperson are available to provide advice and counsel to current UCO faculty members on a wide variety of issues including (but not limited to) the tenure and promotion process and grievance procedures. An Academic Ombudsperson's advice and counsel is advisory only and is not legally binding on UCO or the Office of Academic Affairs.
Academic Ombudsperson assist faculty to create professional, effective evaluative documents (dossiers), provide professional counsel or advice, or serve as a “sounding board” prior to filing a grievance. The formal role of the Academic Ombudsperson in the grievance procedure may be found in Appendix G.
The UCO Academic Ombudsperson Program is available to provide advice and counsel to current UCO faculty members on a wide variety of issues and is free to all current UCO faculty. The Academic Ombudspeople are listed below along with their contact information.
- Joan Luxenburg, Ed.D., Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies
More information about the program may be found in the Faculty Handbook, Chapter 2, Section 2.16.