Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office

Executive Director of the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office

 
Bonnie L. Blankmeyer, Ph.D.

Bonnie L. Blankmeyer, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson
and ADA Compliance Office

The Executive Director is the designated ombudsperson reporting directly to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Faculty and Student Affairs, the incumbent is a designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to constituents of UTHSCSA faculty, residents and student communities. Additionally, incumbent coordinates and collaborates with the various schools in the recruitment, selection and hiring of faculty and non-employee post doctoral staff, ensuring compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity policies and regulations. Identifies and coordinates resolution of student, faculty and staff issues, requests and concerns related to Americans with Disabilities Act. Participates in the development, implementation and administration of applicable policies and practices. Responsible for the design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that department operations are effective and efficient, department assets are safeguarded, departmental financial information is reliable, and the department complies with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

 
I. Insures the development of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs for the Health Science Center.
  1. Serves in a neutral dispute resolution practitioner for faculty, residents, students and non-employee post-docs. This role is an advocate for fairness – providing faculty, residents, students, and non-employee post-docs with an understanding of their rights, responsibilities and options so that they can better and more quickly resolve problems or concerns.
  2. Provides a safe, comfortable and confidential environment for faculty, residents, students, non-employee post-docs and campus visitors to discuss concerns.
  3. Responds to formal complaints of discrimination and/or sexual harassment from faculty, residents, students and non-employee post-docs. As appropriate, enlists the investigative services of the Office of Human Resources’ Senior HR Consultant and EO/AA Officer.
  4. Oversees search and recruitment process of faculty and non-employee post doctoral staff including assistance in the advertisement of faculty openings and coordination with the Office of International Services.
  5. Serves as ex-officio member of all faculty and Executive Committee leadership search committees.
  6. Develop guidelines for non-discriminatory faculty employment practices and monitors implementation and impact; reviews faculty offer letters and appointment packets for compliance and data gathering.
  7. Maintains Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action records and support documentation for faculty, non-employee post-doc and Executive Committee leadership recruitments.
  8. Participates with the Office of Human Resources in the dissemination of faculty affirmative action goals, compensation metrics, and assists academic departments with achieving goals through appropriate search and recruitment strategies.
  9. Serves as the Health Science Center’s American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for faculty, residents, students and non-employee post doctoral staff and co-chairs the ADA Coordinating Committee with the Vice President for Human Resources.
  10. Investigates and resolves issues related to students, residents, faculty and staff reporting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requests and concerns through collaboration with the various schools, faculty and Health Science Center leadership.
  11. Prepares faculty grievance, complaints and concerns reporting based on anonymous aggregate data, identifying trends and patterns or problem areas in HSC policies and practices. May recommend revisions and improvements, and may assess the faculty climate of the campus.
  12. Serves as liaison between the University and federal enforcement agencies and outside
    organizations concerned with ADA/EO/AA regulatory compliance.