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Meet the APSA Meetings Ombuds

The APSA Ombuds will be available virtually during the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting, to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultation with those 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 participating in the meeting. More information about the APSA Ombuds is located www.apsanet.org/ombuds. Email the Ombuds at [email protected] to schedule a virtual consultation or phone call during the 2021 Annual Meeting.  

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David Rasch, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara  

David Rasch is the Associate Ombuds at the University of California, Santa Barbara. David received his BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, and a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He recently retired from Stanford University where he served as University Ombuds for 14 years, and now lives in Ojai. Prior to his work as Ombuds, he was director of Stanford’s faculty/staff Counseling Center. David served for six years on the board of directors for Co-op, which oversees the testing and certification process for the organizational Ombuds Profession. In addition to his Ombuds work, David also consults and teaches on topics related to writing productivity. He served as the Ombuds since the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting (where he was the Co-Ombuds). He also served as the 2020 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Ombuds. Dr. Rasch will be available for virtual ombuds appointments during the 2021 Annual Meeting. 

 

 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Ombuds  

The APSA Ombuds was available during the 2020 TLC at APSA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak with meeting attendees 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 2020 TLC Meeting. More information about the APSA Ombuds is located www.apsanet.org/ombuds.

  

 


Previous 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. She served as the 2017, 2018, and 2019 APSA Annual Meeting Co-Ombuds and the 2018 APSA TLC Ombuds.