Position Openings

Provost John Karl Scholz and the Ombuds Office are currently searching for potential ombuds to begin service in mid-2020.

Based on current priorities of the ombuds team, the office is seeking retired faculty, academic staff and university staff with experience in working or consulting with employees in all areas of the university, research environments and/or with graduate and professional students. To ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by January 20, 2020.

About the Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office was created to provide an alternative resource for all UW–Madison employees (faculty, academic staff, university staff, graduate assistants, post-docs, and student staff members) seeking assistance with work related issues.

The Ombuds Office is comprised of retired UW employees representing faculty, academic staff and university staff who have developed their expertise from having served decades on this campus and in different disciplines. Ombuds provide an informal, safe, confidential opportunity to be heard, explore concerns, and consider resources, options and strategies for next steps to address workplace problems. Ombuds are impartial and work independently from university administrative offices, advocating for fairness and equity in the workplace, rather than representing any side in a dispute. Essential skills routinely used by an ombuds include engaged listening, reframing issues and developing options, and helping people help themselves.

Ombuds are selected from among interested retired faculty, academic staff, and university staff to achieve the greatest breadth and depth for the program, and a balance among these three categories is desired. Ombuds generally serve a term of three years; however, the appointment length is negotiable.

How To Apply

Interested individuals should submit the following application materials by January 20, 2020, preferably via email to ombudssearch@provost.wisc.edu or by mail to:

Office of the Provost UW–Madison
Room 150 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive; Madison, WI 53706

Application materials

  1. A letter of no more than two pages in which you state your qualifications for and interest in the position.
  2. A brief curriculum vitae (no more than four pages)

If you have questions about the position, please call us at (608) 265-9992, or contact one of the current ombuds:




223-225 Lowell Center
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703