Faculty Ombudsperson

Mission Statement

The TWU Faculty Ombudsperson is a faculty member whose mission is to serve as a resource to all faculty members and professional librarians across all academic components on the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses by providing support, offering guidance, and advocating for fairness.

The Role of the Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson is a resource for all TWU faculty members and professional librarians who have a problem or concern related to their work at the university.

  • Confidentiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • Informality

The Ombudsperson provides:

  • Consultation
  • Informal conflict management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Advocacy for fair treatment for all faculty members
  • Advocacy for fair process for the institution as a whole

The Ombudsperson operates independently of other campus offices and resources, and is not part of the traditional, formalized hierarchy of the university.

The Ombudsperson observes trends on campus and reports these trends to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

About the Ombudsperson

The Faculty Ombudsperson provides informal, impartial support and/or guidance to faculty members struggling with issues such as:

  • Annual performance
  • Evaluation feedback
  • Tenure/promotion decisions
  • Departmental conflict

The Ombudsperson has the skills to listen carefully and compassionately, to think clearly and objectively, and to generate possible options and solutions in order to meet the complex challenges some faculty members face over the course of their professional careers.

Additional information on standards of practice for the role of Ombudsperson is available from the International Ombudsperson Association.

Dr. Linda Rubin
Faculty Ombudsperson
Professor/Licensed Psychologist
LRubin@twu.edu
940-898-2605
319 Stoddard Hall

Office Hours:
Wednesday afternoons or by appointment

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
P. O. Box 425470
Texas Woman's University
Denton, Texas 76204

Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline/Veterans Crisis Line
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  
1-800-273-8255
Text: 838255

National Domestic Violence Hotline
https://www.thehotline.org/help/ 
1-800-799-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline
https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline
1-800-656-4673

Denton County Friends of the Family (Local Domestic Violence Services)
https://www.dcfof.org/contact-us 
Phone: 940-382-7273 | 800-572-4031
Text: 940-382-7273

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
https://www.samhsa.gov/

American Psychological Association
https://www.apa.org/

American Psychiatric Association
https://www.psychiatry.org/

National Alliance on Mental Health
https://www.nami.org/

Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

CDC Mental Health Resources for COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/teams/mental-health-and-substance-use/covid-19

American Psychological Association for COVID-19 Resources
https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/

American Psychiatric Association for COVID-19 Resources
https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/covid-19-coronavirus

Texas Council on Family Violence’s Safety Toolkit for COVID-19
http://tcfv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/tcfv_covid-19_safety_toolkit_031620.pdf

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