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Meet the APSA Meetings Ombuds

APSA Annual Meeting Ombuds

The APSA Ombuds was available during the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultation with any meeting attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the 2017 annual meeting. More information about the APSA Ombuds is located www.apsanet.org/ombuds.


Meet the Ombuds

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Carol Mershon, University of Virginia

Carol Mershon, Ph.D., is the Hugh S. and Winifred Cumming Chair in Politics at the University of Virginia. Mershon has served as Interim Co-PI / Program Director for UVa CHARGE, the NSF ADVANCE program at UVa, and continues to serve on the UVa CHARGE Internal Advisory Board. A member of the Steering Committee of the Directors of Diversity and Inclusion in UVa Arts & Sciences, Mershon helped spearhead the creation of the pilot UVa Arts & Sciences Faculty Guides program, designed to handle concerns about, e.g., harassment, conflicts of interest, and equity. In her most recent NSF-funded project, with Denise Walsh, Mershon has developed strategies for diversifying leadership and addressing bias in political science and academe more broadly.

David Rasch, Stanford University

David Rasch, PhD, is a psychologist and has been the Stanford University Ombuds since 2004. Prior to serving as Ombuds he was Director of the Stanford Faculty/Staff Help Center, a counseling service for faculty and staff. Dr. Rasch has consulted, written and lectured on a variety of issues related to organizational and interpersonal dynamics within academic institutions. He is a past President and a current Director on the Board of Certification for Certified Organizational Ombudsman Professionals, and is a member of the International Ombudsman Association.


APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Ombuds

The APSA Ombuds will be available during the 2018 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultation with any meeting attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the 2018 teaching and learning conference. More information about the APSA Ombuds is located www.apsanet.org/ombuds.

Carol Mershon will serve at the APSA TLC Ombuds.


The APSA Meetings Ombuds will follow the The International Ombudsman Association Code of Ethics.

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Stay tuned. Additional Information on the APSA Annual Meeting Ombuds is forthcoming.

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