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Lisa Yamagata-Lynch Appointed UT Ombudsperson

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

I’m pleased to announced that I have appointed Lisa Yamagata-Lynch UT’s next ombudsperson. She will begin in this role May 1.

Lisa is the associate head in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She is also a professor and director of graduate studies. She will remain a tenured professor but will not continue serving in her other roles.

Before coming to UT, Lisa served as an associate professor at Northern Illinois University and assistant professor at the University of Utah.

She has a doctorate in educational psychology and instructional systems technology and a master’s in instructional systems technology, both from Indiana University. She received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo.

While at UT, Lisa has served on numerous task forces and committees, including STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence), a faculty-led committee that seeks to retain and attract a diverse faculty. She has also served as co-chair of UT’s Commission for Women.

As you may recall, staff ombudsperson Elaine Wynn announced plans to retire last December. Since that time, faculty ombudsperson Bill Nugent has filled both roles on an interim basis. The two part-time positions were combined into one full-time position, and graduate students will now fall under the position as well.

Elaine and Bill have filled critical roles within the university since 2009, and I greatly appreciate their service. I am looking forward to working with Lisa. Her range of experiences throughout her career will no doubt serve her well in this new role.

An ombudsperson is a designated neutral and impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide confidential and informal conflict resolution assistance to faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Finally, I’d like to thank members of the ombudsperson search committee—chair Bill Nugent, associate dean of research in the College of Social Work; Bill Lee, associate professor of English and UT president for the American Association of University Professors; Nathalie Hristov, associate professor and music librarian for technical services, University Libraries; Jill Malolepszy, assistant director, Office of Equity and Diversity; Izetta Slade, senior director, Human Resources; and John Zomchick, vice provost for faculty affairs.

Bill will return full-time to serving as associate dean of research in the College of Social Work.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa into this new role.