Dr. Steven D. Seidel Appointed Faculty Ombuds Beginning Fall 2022

Dr. Steven D. Seidel, Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), has been appointed Faculty Ombuds beginning Fall semester 2022. Dr. Seidel has been part of the University community for nearly 30 years and has served as Department Chair, Faculty Fellow, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Graduate Program Coordinator. 

Dr. Seidel remarked, “Throughout my experience as both a faculty member and administrator, I have found that faculty members sometimes require a safe place where they can seek assistance in addressing conflicts, disputes, or complaints beyond discussions with their supervisors. As I approach the last phase of my academic career at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the privilege to serve in the position of ombuds offers me the opportunity to serve as an advocate for fairness and equitable processes, and assist others in navigating what may be particularly stressful points in their careers.”

The Faculty Ombuds works with faculty to resolve concerns prior to their escalating to a formal complaint. If this informal resolution of concerns fails, or where informal resolution is not advisable, the Faculty Ombuds will counsel faculty regarding their options for formal action and direct them to the appropriate university rules, procedures, resources, and offices. 

In support of this appointment, Dr. Amy Houlihan, Chair for the Department of Psychology and Sociology in CLA stated, “With many years of experience working with faculty in a variety of roles, Steve is an excellent choice for this position. His thoughtful and fair-minded approach to resolving conflicts and offering guidance to others makes him well suited to serve the faculty of TAMU-CC in this new capacity.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Seidel on his appointment. For more information about the Faculty Ombuds, please click here.