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FGCU Names Professor Part-Time Assistant to Campus Ombuds

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Ombudsman Office announces the appointment of Katherine Hale, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, to the position of part-time assistant to the Campus Ombuds to address faculty issues effective Feb. 15.

Hale earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Abilene Christian University. She currently serves as faculty at FGCU in the Department of Communication and Philosophy. During the fall/spring session, she will be given a three semester hour release time for this part-time assignment.

Hale has over 300 hours of additional specialized education and training in conflict intervention, including facilitation, multi-lateral negotiation, mediation, training, intercultural conflict and negotiation, dispute resolution system design, and a number of specific conflict content areas.

The Ombuds Office provides confidential, informal, independent, and neutral dispute resolution services for all members of the University community. The office assists students, faculty and staff in identifying and evaluating options for resolving and managing conflicts, provides mediation services, conducts workshops on conflict management, and makes referrals to other appropriate University and community resources.

The faculty assistant will help develop and facilitate training in specific areas, such as sexual harassment prevention, diversity awareness, mediation and facilitation training. In addition, the faculty assistant will work very closely with the Conflict Management Advisory Committee.

For more information, media representatives should contact University Ombuds and Assistant to the President Charles McKinney at (239) 590-1022.

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