This semester, I am serving as the University of Oregon’s interim ombudsperson while we search for a permanent ombuds. Yesterday the position was posted, and I am including the ad below. So you know, I am not intending to apply for this job myself — it’s full time and I wouldn’t want to stop being a faculty member — but it is a great job with wonderful institutional support. Ombuds work is just amazing ADR work, and there’s lots of opportunity here at Oregon. Please forward to anyone (including yourself!) you think might be interested. I’m happy to provide any additional information. Thank you!

UO Ombudsperson

The University of Oregon (UO) President’s Office seeks applications for UO Ombudsperson. The University Ombudsperson is a designated impartial, neutral, and confidential third party who assists students, faculty, staff, and administrators in dispute resolution through informal means. The Ombudsperson is not an advocate for any individual or for the University, but rather acts as an advocate for fairness and healthy campus conflict resolution.

This position will be serving an increasingly culturally diverse community. Candidates who share our commitment to diversity, and who have the ability to build understanding and resolve conflict across cultural and other differences, are particularly encouraged to apply. The finalist for this position is required to complete a criminal background check. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2016; this position will remain open until filled. For complete information on qualifications and application procedures, please see the UO Human Resources webpage, posting 16033. EO/AA/Veterans/Disability institution committed to cultural diversity.

Jennifer Reynolds is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Law and the Faculty Director of the ADR Center. Teaching civil procedure, conflicts of law, negotiation, and mediation, her research interests include dispute systems design, problem-solving in multiparty scenarios, judicial attitudes toward ADR, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes. She is also a contributor to ADR Prof Blog.