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Information about ombudsmen and contact information.
  1. What are Ombudsmen and What Do They Do?

The ombuds system has been implemented in all departments across the Eberly College of Science. The system provides familiar departmental contacts that individuals can seek and talk to.  As a result this system has proven to be very successful in providing help in addressing sensitive departmental issues.
Two ombudsmen have been appointed in each department. These people have proven to be approachable and trustworthy.  The head of ECoS human resources has conducted a training session to review basic guidelines with these individuals.
The function of the ombudsmen is to provide a safe and informal environment for individuals to discuss problems and issues outside of formal channels.  Any issue may be brought to the attention of the ombudsmen.  The ombudsman can help develop strategies, clarify interests and goals, and identify other resources at the university that may be available to assist in certain situations.  It is also important to note that speaking to the ombudsman does not constitute notice to the university.
The ombudsmen, does not have the power to change rules or polices; and will not disclose any information provided in confidence (the only exception to this rule being a potential risk to safety or if a crime was committed).
These positions complement the HR office to provide an environment that encourages the use of multiple options to resolve issues and increase communication.  The ombudsmen can serve as a first contact in the resolution of intradepartmental issues, and can help identify common and reoccurring issues that could be addressed college-wide.  If at any time you feel that you cannot go to the ombudsmen feel free to contact the HR office with any and all issues that you have.

Each college and campus also has an ombudsman, whose responsibilities are to enhance communication and clarify possible misunderstandings in situations involving potential disputes, to advise members and administrators about appropriate courses of action, and to help settle matters before they develop into serious disputes.

Faculty disputes that cannot be resolved through normal channels of administrative responsibility and procedure may be taken to the University Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities. For further details about this procedure and about the duties of ombudsmen, see University Policy HR-76, "Faculty Rights and Responsibilities."


Departmental Ombudsmen

Derek Fox,
Julia Kregenow,

Ola Sodeinde,
Maria Krasilnikova,

Stephen Schaeffer,
Carla Hass,

Lasse Jensen,

Kenneth Knappenberger,

Pshemak Maslak,

Kate Masters,

Crista Spratt,


Diane Henderson,
Jim Hager,
Nestor Handzy,


Jorge Sofo
Kirstin Purdy Drew


Matt Beckman,
Mosuk Chow,

(List Updated 3/28/18)

Eberly College of Science Faculty Ombudsmen

John Nousek (
Katherine Masters, alternate (


University Ombudsperson (term expires June 20, 2018)

Pamela P. Hufnagel, Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State DuBois

Phone: 814-375-4839
Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm

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