Faculty Ombudsperson
Dr. Sally Rudmann

The primary mission of the faculty ombudsperson is to support faculty in addressing issues and concerns related to their academic roles at OSU. The faculty ombudsperson is an independent, confidential*, neutral, and informal resource for all faculty and is available for assistance in resolving issues and concerns. More broadly the faculty ombudsperson identifies trends and systemic issues and reports them as needed to university departments and units with the goal of improved effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness. The faculty ombudsperson addresses issues and challenges that faculty face within the university with the goal of supporting a positive work environment and advancing fairness and equity.

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The faculty ombudsperson will:

  • listen to faculty concerns and perspectives,
  • provide a safe and private place to share issues,
  • help faculty explore options for resolving their concerns,
  • assist in identifying and interpreting university policies,
  • identify university resources related to their concerns,
  • facilitate communication or mediate between individuals or groups, and
  • remain impartial to all parties involved in a conflict.

The faculty ombudsperson will NOT:    

  • advocate for an individual's personal position,
  • act without consent,
  • participate in any formal grievance or appeal, or
  • keep identifying records

Common issues and concerns that might be brought to the faculty ombudsperson. Note that this list is not comprehensive:

  • miscommunication between faculty administrators,
  • conflict or struggles with colleagues,
  • interpersonal, intercultural and group conflicts,
  • student complaints,
  • questions around policies and/or procedures,
  • perceived ethical dilemmas,
  • perceived unfair treatment,
  • perceived retaliation,
  • concerns regarding promotion and tenure processes and salary equity, and
  • workload issues

The faculty ombudsperson offers a safe, neutral, non-judgmental place to present concerns and issues and will, to the extent possible, help faculty identify possible solutions and related university resources and processes. The Office of Ombuds Services is an ideal place for discussing problems in the early stages of resolution and facilitating effective steps for resolution.

After serving in a number of technical and administrative roles as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and specialist in transfusion medicine, Dr. Rudmann joined the faculty of the School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine in 1983. She maintained an active research program investigating expert problem solving and medical error, and her research in immunohematology and transfusion is widely published in books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Rudmann taught and advised undergraduate-professional and graduate students and served as the Division Director for the Medical Technology Division and as Program Director for the Medical Laboratory Science accredited program. 

Dr. Rudmann was actively involved in service at the university and at the local and national levels in her professional organization (American Association of Blood Banks). Dr. Rudmann represented the College of Medicine in the University Senate, where she served on a number of committees including Steering Committee, Rules Committee and Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (CAFR). In addition, Dr. Rudmann was elected to Chair of Faculty Council and also served as the Secretary of the Faculty. Dr. Rudmann received a number of recognitions for her teaching and service including the College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award and the university-wide Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service. 

She earned a BA in natural science from Russell Sage College, an MS in microbiology and immunology from Wright State University and a PhD in health education from The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Rudmann, a member of the Emeritus Academy, is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

* Please note that, while the ombudsperson provides confidential support resources for a wide variety of issues, the ombudsperson has reporting obligations related to sexual misconduct complaints. Thus, while the ombudsperson will discuss concerns in these areas with sensitivity and keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential resources for concern in these areas, please contact a confidential counselor.