The Faculty Ombuds Program
at Northern Arizona University is organized to provide
members of the faculty with voluntary, informal, neutral, confidential,
third-party assistance in resolving university-related issues, concerns, or
conflicts. The program assists people with interpersonal
misunderstandings or disputes as well as those with concerns about academic or
administrative issues. The Faculty Ombuds Program operates independently
as a supplement to existing administrative or formal grievance procedures and
has no formal decision-making authority.
The goal of this office is to resolve concerns that faculty
may have at the lowest possible level and as informally as possible. Consultation with individuals or groups is
available with the goal of maintaining a healthy and productive work
environment. You can contact the Ombuds
Office at any time to confidentially discuss your concerns and to see if we can
be of assistance to you. Use of the services of the Ombuds Office does not
prohibit you from pursuing other options for dispute resolution if you chose to
do so in the future.
Books for loan
The Ombuds office has a number of books for loan on topics including conflict resolution, leadership, communication, and coaching. Drop by during office hours to look over the selection and discuss your needs.
Make an appointment
To arrange for consultation or to make an appointment,
please call and leave a confidential voicemail message at 928-523-8767. Contacting this
office by e-mail is discouraged because e-mail is not considered a confidential
form of communication.
Hours and location
The office is open during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters for drop in
office hours on Mondays 2-4 pm, Tuesdays 9-11 am, Wednesdays 2-4 pm, and Thursdays 2-4 pm. The office is closed on Fridays. The Ombuds Office is located in
Room 230 of Peterson Hall. Please note
that drop in hours are available on a first come, first serve basis and you may
need to wait to be seen. If you want to discuss a confidential matter it is best to call
in advance to schedule a private, confidential appointment.