Joseph (Joe) Price, Ph.D., administrative coordinator for UNO's Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program, was selected as UNO’s newest Ombuds in the Summer of 2018, joining Tracie Anderson, UNO assistant registrar in athletic certification, and Shereen Bingham, Ph.D., professor in the School of Communication, in the role.
Ombuds Services provides confidential, informal, impartial, independent assistance to all university students and employees who seek help with resolving university-related problems and conflicts. Ombuds are selected from different units of the university to help avoid situations that could jeopardize their impartiality.
While the Ombuds is not mean to replace other UNO channels, formal or informal, for the resolution of problems or conflicts, their services are often a helpful supplement to other resources for members of the UNO community.
In addition to being an Ombuds and administrative coordinator, Price works in the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office where he is a special projects director for the college.
Bingham, who is also director of Ombuds Services at UNO, says one of the many strengths Price brings to the Ombuds role is his historical, multifaceted perspective on UNO, having experienced and served the institution in a range of roles for more than three decades.
“Joe has a combination of knowledge and skills that are key to effective Ombuds work.”
For Price, being an Ombuds is an opportunity to help students, faculty and staff members navigate the university’s terrain, obtain information and referrals they need, and resolve problems and conflicts during tense and difficult times.
“I am deeply committed to UNO and feel a certain amount of responsibility to give back to a place that has given me so much,” he says.
For more information about Ombuds Services, please visit the website at https://www.unomaha.edu/ombuds-services/index.php