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Hall named interim university ombudsperson

February 4th, 2009

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Dennis Hall

The University of Louisville has appointed a longtime faculty member to provide ombuds services to faculty and staff.

Dennis Hall, professor of English, will serve as interim ombudsperson. He will hold the post until the appointment of a university ombudsperson, who will be selected by the provost from a slate recommended by the Faculty and Staff senates.

Hall has been on the UofL faculty for 39 years. He has served as associate dean of Arts and Sciences and as chair of the Faculty Senate and consequently a member of the Board of Trustees. He also has served as acting chair of the English Department on three different occasions and on numerous college and university committees.

“Dennis has been an outspoken advocate for students, faculty and staff for many years,” said Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “He brings integrity and a passion for fairness to this position. We are pleased he has agreed to help us lay the groundwork for this office as we address the concerns of our faculty and staff.”

Hall has been recognized for his advocacy on behalf of faculty and students. He received the Trustees Award, the university’s highest honor for contributions to student life, in 1996. His nominators for that award noted his efforts in restructuring the composition program, creating an atmosphere in which “fairness in every facet of the program is realized; and morale is higher than it’s ever been.”

The Ombuds Office space will be dedicated soon, and a website has been launched. UofL faculty and staff can call Hall at 852-1720.

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