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Chancellor’s Ombuds Leadership Fellows

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Starting spring 2022 the Chancellor’s Office is supporting the Ombuds Leadership Fellows Program. For the spring program tenure track, tenured, and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. When selected for this program the Chancellor’s Office will provide faculty the time and financial support to:

  • Complete Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue Workshop
  • Become a 1-year member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) and attend the IOA Conference
  • Broaden their professional network at the university
  • Engage in outreach of office services by attending Commission and Counsel Meetings, Faculty Senate, and other campus meetings/events identified by the ombuds staff
  • Develop and facilitate Office of Ombuds Services educational workshops
  • Engage in other relevant leadership development activities as opportunities arise

Application materials will be reviewed by a committee of Office of Ombuds Services and Chancellor’s Office staff. Education topics can include, but are not limited to anti-bullying, creative problem-solving, communication, constructive feedback, intercultural communication, leadership development, organizational culture, teamwork, and workplace conflict. Fellows can propose other topics in their program interest statement, which will be considered by the application review committee.

Faculty leadership fellow will receive one course release during the spring semester. The funds for the course release will be provided to the department. It is assumed that faculty will need time to engage in this leadership professional development activity; therefore, the course release cannot be replaced with additional pay, travel expenses, research funds,or any other forms of payment.

Application Requirement

Deadline: Spring 2023 deadline TBD

To be considered for this program send the following required materials to ombuds@utk.edu:

  • Your vita/resume
  • A letter of support from your department head/director clearly indicating that once they are provided the funds for your course release, they support your participation in the program
  • A statement that discusses: (a) your program interest, (b) your expertise and past experiences that can benefit the Office, (c) how this program will fit into your long-term leadership development goals, and (d) proposed educational workshop topics you can contribute to the Office of Ombuds Services.