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Meet the Faculty Ombuds

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Charmaine Tomczyk serves as the University's Faculty Ombuds. Following an internal search, she was elected by the Faculty Senate and confirmed by the University Provost to serve a temporary term from August 2008 through December 2009. In December, following reviews and interviews, a faculty committee appointed by the Provost and Senate recommended continuation of the position for three years through December 2012 and endorsed Tomczyk to serve as Faculty Ombuds. The Faculty Senate and Provost approved the extension.  In May 2012, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate with the endorsement of the Provost, made a motion to convert the Ombuds position to a permanent status, yet remaining on a part-time basis.

In 2009, Tomczyk completed introductory and advanced training through the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) (www.ombudsassociation.org). Following the eligibility requirements (experience, 2-hour test and phone interviews), Tomczyk earned certification in January 2012 from the IOA;  CO-OPR Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner designation. She adheres to the IOA's standards and ethics.

A Connecticut native, Tomczyk moved to South Carolina in 1978 to accept the postion of the first Technical Services Librarian at Kimbel Library when CCU was the University of South Carolina (USC) - Coastal Carolina College. Active in campus shared governance, she served as Faculty Senate Chair (also representing the four-year campuses of USC) and during the years of Coastal's separation from USC and its independence in 1993. She was appointed as the first Associate Provost / Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and served for seven years, before returning to Kimbel Library as Associate Dean. Later she was the first Director for Undergraduate Research and served as Chair of the Celebration of Inquiry Conference for several years.  Her strong interest in faculty rights and responsibilities involved her in a variety of committees, including Promotion & Tenure, Grievance, Faculty Welfare and Development and Faculty Manual revisions. Following her retirement in December 2012, she continues to serve as the CCU Faculty Ombuds on a part-time basis.

Her Faculty Ombuds office is located at 107 Founders Drive in SANDS HALL (post office bldg.) Room 111.  Please call 843-349-2403 if you wish to meet with her or discuss a question or concern.  Email is not a confidential form of communication.  If you do email charmain@coastal.edu, then please only leave your name, phone number and a convenient time for a return call.  Your call will be returned to discuss your issue or to arrange for a meeting time.