Inside Iowa State
September 24, 1999
Ombudsperson back on senate's priority list
by Linda Charles
The Faculty Senate added establishing an ombudsperson position at the university to its list of priorities for this year.
The senate's executive board had discussed the position with President Martin Jischke during a retreat this summer and, based on those discussions, had not placed the item on the senate's priority list. But senators at the Sept. 14 meeting voted to pursue the matter.
The first step, some senators said, is to define the position so it can better be discussed with the administration. Some envision the position as providing support for faculty who have been accused of violating university policy. Among the issues to be considered is how such a position would be funded and where it would fit into the organizational chart.
Eleven other priorities were outlined by senate president Dean Ulrichson. Work already is under way on many of them, which include:
- Teaching assessment
- University staffing
- Equal domestic partner insurance benefits
- Electronic learning task force
- ISU's strategic plan
- Faculty development task force
- Faculty awards task force
- Spring conference
- Communication development
- Conduct policy
- Senate constitution and bylaws
For details, see online senate coverage at: www.iastate.edu/news/today/99/sep/senate.html.
In other business, a proposal to establish an undergraduate major in communication studies at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication was introduced. The proposal will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting.
The senate will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in 260 Scheman. Jischke is expected to attend the meeting.
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