Gloria V. Hawkins, assistant vice provost emerita, has been appointed as a UW Ombuds, announced Beth Meyerand, vice provost for faculty and staff affairs. Dr. Hawkins begins her three-year term on June 1.
Dr. Hawkins offers a wealth of experience acquired from 34 years of continuous service on the UW–Madison campus. In her career, she held administrative and advising positions in the School of Education, School of Human Ecology, College of Letters & Science, and the School of Medicine and Public Health. The last position she held prior to her retirement was assistant vice provost and director of the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement.
Dr. Hawkins’ extensive experience gives her a broad campuswide perspective and an understanding of the characteristics, structure, and complexities inherent in a decentralized campus. Selection committee members are confident that her broad experience will help her work effectively with faculty and staff all across the campus.
The Ombuds Office is a safe place where UW–Madison employees can seek guidance regarding workplace concerns at any time, without fear of reprisal, and at no cost to them. Ombuds provide faculty and staff, including graduate student employees, with a confidential place to collaboratively explore complaints, clarify issues, and consider options and resources to address their concerns. Ombuds are impartial and non-aligned, working to promote fairness in the workplace.