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Ombuds Year in Review: 2014

The top stories about Organizational Ombuds last…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 8, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fellowship Opportunity With D.C. Schools Ombudsman

The Ombudsman for Public Education in Washington DC is accepting applications for its first cohort of fellows.  The Ombudsman Fellows will "work directly with families, learn about the education system in DC, learn about conflict resolution, develop creative problem solving skills, and develop expertise on issues including special education, student discipline, truancy, and bullying prevention."  The part-time, year-long…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 8, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Strike Talks at Epsicopal Seminary Break Down When Faculty Demand an Ombuds

For the past month, eight out of ten full-time faculty members at the General Theological Seminary in New York City have refused to teach, alleging a pattern of harassment and bullying behavior by the school's dean, Kurt Dunkle. The GTS trustees subsequently deemed the striking faculty ("The GTS 8") to have resigned on September 29. Negotiations between the two sides reached an impasse last week when…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Federal ADR Group Launches Newsletter

On September 15, 2014, the Interagency Alternative…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 3, 2014 at 6:31pm — 1 Comment

Ombuds Externship Opportunity With Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

FINRA's Office of the Ombudsman is offering an unpaid position for graduate or undergraduate students to extern in its Rockville, MD office.   The office considers applications on a rolling basis and does not have a strict deadline for applications. Applications will only…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 12, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Offers Ombuds, ADR and Title IX Training in San Diego

The International Ombudsman Association will offer several training opportunities for and about Organizational Ombuds the week of October 20-24, 2014. The programs include introductory, intermediate and advanced topics.…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 12, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Storytelling Contest at Georgia State University to Mark Conflict Resolution Day 2014

To celebrate the annual Conflict Resolution Day, the GSU Office of the Ombudsperson has opened a contest for stories and poems about peacemaking.  Entries in any medium will be accepted and may be selected for publication in an eZine.  Kelley Alexander, the Student/Staff Ombudsperson, Valerie I.…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 12, 2014 at 2:06pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Seeks Proposals for 2015 Annual Conference

IOA conference planners are accepting presentation proposals, and speaker and topic suggestions for the tenth annual meeting.  The conference is set for April 19-22, 2015 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. IOA's attendees are diverse -- they come from various sectors and countries and have varying levels of experience. Individuals representing universities, companies, not for profit agencies or sole practitioners…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 12, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Task Force Recommends Broader Use of ADR by Realtors

An advisory group appointed by the National Association of Realtors to come up with long-term strategic plans has endorsed Mediation and Ombuds programs for…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on May 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Oxford Handbooks Online Explains Role of the Organizational Ombudsman

The academic press has published…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on May 5, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association 2014 Writing Competition

IOA sponsors an annual writing competition designed to invite fresh academic insight on the role of the Organizational Ombuds, foster cross-pollination with other professional and academic communities, and endorse talent in the next generation of Organizational Ombuds.



Submission can…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 2, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Internship Opportunity with American Red Cross Ombuds

The Red Cross Office of the Corporate…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on February 22, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

ABA/Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee Seeks Members

The Ombuds Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association is now officially up and running again. One of its goals is to inform and educate lawyers and the public about Ombuds programs, functions and the benefits they provide to organizations and society. …



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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on February 22, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Columbia ADR Faculty Gives Overview of Organizational Ombuds Field

Earlier this month, Beth Fisher-Yoshida, interviewed John Zinsser on WKCR in New York. The interview was part of with the…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 28, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Annual Conference in Denver

Registration is now open for the…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Top Stories of 2013 About Organizational Ombuds

Every year, I select the most important stories about the Organizational Ombuds profession. Here's…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on December 28, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association to Hire First Executive Director

The professional association for Organizational Ombuds has contemplated hiring an executive director for years. The plan now appears close to fruition as IOA's…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on December 17, 2013 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Journal for Ombuds in Higher Ed Resumes Publication

After a five year hiatus, the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds has begun publishing its journal again.  The latest issue includes new articles about…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on December 11, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments

NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer Magazine Highlights Ombuds Profession

The current issue of the publication from the NY State Bar Dispute Resolution Section includes three a…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on December 11, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments

APM Marketplace: "Office Disputes Get a New Referee"

Yesterday, the national daily business news program from American Public Media highlighted the work of Organizational Ombuds. Here's the lede:

When whistleblowers go to the media or lawyers, the results can be disastrous for an organization. Think of Edward Snowden and the N.S.A. And even smaller employee concerns, like discrimination…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 24, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

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