The Faculty Ombuds role is a confidential, informal, impartial resource for faculty experiencing work-related problems and conflicts. The Faculty Ombuds assists faculty in finding non-confrontational solutions to problems involving other members of the University.
The Faculty Ombuds will listen, suggest, obtain information, and informally facilitate conversations, as appropriate, to achieve informal resolution of concerns. The Faculty Ombuds may satisfy the needs of the complainant by simply acting as a neutral sounding board and source of advice as to how that person may solve their own problem. The Faculty Ombuds does not investigate, take sides, or issue findings. They do not keep written records. They subscribe to a code of conduct assuring impartiality and confidentiality.
Prof. Emerita Angelica Stacy (formerly Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty) will be serving as the initial incumbent of this position.
If you are a faculty member and wish to set up a confidential meeting with the Faculty Ombuds, please call 510-642-8788 to request an appointment. You can leave your phone number, and your call will normally be returned within one business day. (Please do not email Angy Stacy directly.) For more information about this service, please visit their website: Faculty Ombuds.
History and background
In the past, the ombuds function for faculty was fulfilled by Senate faculty appointed to the Faculty Ombuds Committee (OMB) of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. As of 2021-22, per mutual agreement between the Senate and the Administration, the OMB role is being phased out and replaced by a paid, professionally trained Faculty Ombuds role which reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP). (During the transitional 2021-2022 academic year, the Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare will be providing administrative support for the Faculty Ombuds role.)
Other Ombuds offices
- Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees(link is external)(link is external) - serves undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral appointees, and faculty and staff members regarding student or postdoctoral concerns.
- Staff Ombuds Office(link is external)(link is external) - available to all staff, non-senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions