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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."


Contacts:


Departmental Ombudsmen

Astronomy
Derek Fox, dbf11@psu.edu
Julia Kregenow, jmk50@psu.edu

BMB
Ola Sodeinde, oas1@psu.edu
Maria Krasilnikova, muk19@psu.edu

Biology
Stephen Schaeffer, sws4@psu.edu
Carla Hass, cah19@psu.edu

Chemistry
Lasse Jensen, lxj18@psu.edu

Kenneth Knappenberger, klk260@psu.edu

Pshemak Maslak, nyl@psu.edu

Kate Masters, kmm14@psu.edu

Crista Spratt, cus1246@psu.edu

Math

Diane Henderson, dmh9@psu.edu
Jim Hager, jah14@psu.edu
Nestor Handzy, nzh100@psu.edu

Physics

Jorge Sofo sofo@psu.edu
Kirstin Purdy Drew krp15@psu.edu

Statistics

Matt Beckman, mdb268@psu.edu
Mosuk Chow, mxc18@psu.edu

(List Updated 3/28/18)


Eberly College of Science Faculty Ombudsmen

John Nousek (nousek@swift.psu.edu)
Robert Mitchell, alternate (rbm1@psu.edu)

 

University Ombudsperson (term expires June 20, 2018)

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

Email: pph1@psu.edu
Phone:  814-375-4839
Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm

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