Faculty Ombuds Update — January 2019

In the fall 2018 semester, Organizational Development and Human Resources introduced a new faculty dispute resolution resource — a faculty ombuds representative — and welcomed your 2018-2019 representative, Anna Saintil, professor, student life skills. Anna is trained to provide support, guidance and feedback to employees who are having difficulty resolving conflicts. For more information on the faculty ombuds role, click here, and read Anna’s update below.

A Message from Anna Saintil, Professor, Student Life Skills, and Faculty Ombuds Representative

Your faculty ombuds representative is at your service.

The fall semester marked my inaugural term in the faculty ombuds representative position — a position that serves as an advocate for the dispute resolution process. I play an integral role in ensuring faculty have access to the tools, processes and policies provided by the College to assist in managing disputes. For more information about dispute resolution at Valencia College, please review the Dispute Resolution Policy.

Over the past few months, I have visited each campus’ faculty senate to spread the word about the faculty ombuds representative’s role and duties. In doing so, I toured Valencia’s diverse and unique campuses and locations. These visits provided me an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the unique cultures and faculty that comprise Valencia’s six, soon to be seven, campuses. No two visits were the same!

The same could be said of dispute resolution, as a one-size-fits-all solution is not always viable. Therefore, I want to make myself available to hear from you directly and share more about the dispute resolution policy and process, as well as how my role can support you in familiarizing yourself with the various tools and resources available to you. These conversations will provide a venue for you to ask questions, share your insights and help me to develop a framework for how to best address your individual and collective needs.

I will hold Faculty Ombuds Representative Meet-and-Greet Sessions on each campus during the spring 2019 semester. Come visit and say hello, so that I can get to know you and you can get to know me. You may not need anything now, but putting a name with a face may help in the future in the event that something comes up. I am here to help in whatever way that I can. I hope that we can meet and talk more when I visit a campus near you later this term. I will be available for drop-in visits at the dates and locations listed below.

Winter Park Campus
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Winter Park Campus, Room 113

Poinciana Campus
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Poinciana Campus, Room 317

Osceola Campus
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Building 1, Room 219B

East Campus
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 7, Room 125

Lake Nona Campus
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Lake Nona Campus, Room 202

West Campus
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building 7, Room 216

 

If you need guidance on our dispute resolution policy and tools, please contact me at asaintil@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 2325.

1 Comment

  • Linda Goddard said:

    Dear Anna,

    I just read your message about your position as Faculty Ombuds Representative, and I am so delighted that you are in this position. Without a doubt, I believe you will be an excellent representative as advocate in dispute resolutions.

    And it is an honor to have been in a Professional Development course with you, which is why I think you are the perfect person for this position!

    Congratulations, and my very best regards,
    Linda Goddard
    lgoddard@valenciacollege.edu

    PMFri, 01 Feb 2019 14:02:24 +0000Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:02:24 +0000pm19,2:02 pm

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