Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, an associate professor of Hispanic linguistics, is the inaugural graduate and professional student ombudsperson.
Campos-Astorkiza, who is the director for graduate studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been repeatedly recognized for her work with students since joining Ohio State in 2007. The Council of Graduate Students honored her with the James M. Siddens Award for Distinguished Faculty Advising in 2014, and she earned the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award last year.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain; and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
As ombudsperson, Campos-Astorkiza addresses issues related to fairness and challenges that graduate and professional students may face with their faculty advisors or within their programs. This position was created in collaboration with university faculty and graduate and professional students in response to the need for extended support.
The office of the graduate and professional ombudsperson, which will operate like the faculty ombudsperson, officially opened on Feb. 1, 2020.