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Contact Faculty Ombuds

If you have a confidential issue to discuss with a faculty ombuds, please call (208) 426-6283 or email (facultyombuds@boisestate.edu) to schedule a confidential appointment at a convenient time.

Faculty Ombuds

Michelle Bennett serves as Clinical Faculty in the multidisciplinary studies and Bachelor of Applied Science programs. Bennett has 15 years of experience as communication faculty and six years as a department chair. Her academic training is in interpersonal communication, listening, conflict management, emotional intelligence, and public speaking. Prior to higher education, Bennett spent 20 years in professional communication roles in a variety of industries. She also volunteers as an interviewing and public speaking coach to youth.

 

Manda Hicks, an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media, has served for nine years as the Director of Forensics (a.k.a. Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team). In her two years of service as a United States Army Equal Opportunity NCO, she worked frequently with individuals in conflict or distress. Manda’s academic training is in communication theory, which includes the areas of listening, conflict management, and matters of identity, culture, and difference.

 

Phil Kelly is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational studies and has served as the Faculty Ombuds for six years. In his twenty-one years at Boise State, Phil has been a department chair twice and conducted research in the areas of teacher quality, educational neglect, and international education. He also served as a Trustee on the Boise School Board. Phil’s academic training is in educational policy and social analysis.

 

Preparing for your meeting

It is usually not necessary to bring anything with you to the faculty ombuds. Sometimes it is helpful to have a “chronology of events,” or to bring a copy of a particular document central to your concern.

Important Notes About Discussions with the Ombuds

  1. Your contact with the Ombuds Office is absolutely confidential and off the record, unless you specifically request us to waive that confidentiality in any communications we may undertake on your behalf.  There are only two exceptions to this rule: (a)  if there is risk of harm to yourself or others, and (b) if the ombuds is subsequently ordered by a court of law should the matter enter the legal system.
  2. Contacting the Ombuds Office does not constitute “notice” to the university. (In other words, talking with the ombuds about a potential harassment or criminal act does not require the University to take action.) If a visitor wishes to create a record or make the university formally aware of a particular problem, the ombuds can provide information on how to do so.