University Faculty Senate Standing Rules
University Faculty Ombudsperson and Ombudsperson Elect:
(a) Eligibility: Current or emeritus faculty member
(b) Term: Four years, no term limit
(c) Election: By the Senate Council
The election for Ombudsperson will be held in the third year of the incumbent Ombudsperson’s term. If the incumbent is re-elected, that person will complete the fourth year of his or her existing term and then begin a new, four-year term as Ombudsperson. If a new Ombudsperson is elected, that person will serve one year as Ombudsperson-Elect, concurrent with the last year of the incumbent Ombudsperson’s term, and then serve four years as Ombudsperson.
(d) Restrictions: The University Faculty Ombudsperson or Ombudsperson-Elect may not serve on the Standing Joint Committee on Tenure, the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, or the University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee.
(e) Duties: The University Faculty Ombudsperson shall coordinate the training of all college and campus ombudspersons; shall provide for the appropriate dissemination of information among the various college and campus ombudspersons; and shall be the University-level contact for the various college and campus ombudspersons. The University Faculty Ombudsperson shall report periodically to the Senate Council and shall maintain liaison with the Office of the University Provost, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the University Faculty Senate. The University Faculty Ombudsperson shall have no appeal function.
The Ombudsperson-Elect shall have no formal role or responsibility, other than to acquire a thorough understanding of university policies that pertain to faculty rights and responsibilities and promotion and tenure, and other aspects of the position.
University Faculty Ombudsperson
Pamela P. Hufnagel, Assistant Professor of Education, Penn State DuBois
Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm
Ombudsperson Policies and Procedures
- Administrative Policies
- Clarification of Ombudsperson Role (PDF)
- Human Resource Policies
- Intellectual Property Policies and Guidelines
- Legislation on Establisment of University Ombudsperson (PDF)
- Policy HR76 Faculty Rights and Responsibilities – Ombudsperson
- Research Administration Policies and Guidelines
- Unit Ombudsperson Legislation