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MOMENTUM
A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - August 2020

By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

New faculty ombudsperson named

Ryan Cabot, Professor, Animal Sciences, will be stepping into the role of Faculty Ombudsperson beginning this academic year. Ryan joined the College of Agriculture in 2004 as an assistant professor and was named professor in 2015. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Ryan’s research program is focused on addressing challenges associated with mammalian reproductive performance, with impacts in the fields of both production agriculture and human reproductive health.

He has received several prestigious awards including the New Investigator Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction, as well as the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Early Career Award and the Teaching for Tomorrow Award from Purdue University.

“I’m honored to serve my fellow faculty in this role,” said Cabot. “This year, especially, will be challenging for the entire campus community. I look forward to helping any way I can.”

Ryan replaces Liberal Arts Professor Ralph Webb who had served as Ombudsperson since 2014. Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, acknowledged Webb’s service to the faculty.

“Professor Webb served with distinction as Ombudsperson and made a real difference for our University in the role,” said Akridge. “I know I speak for Senate Chair Deb Nichols in welcoming Professor Cabot to this important position,” he added.

The faculty ombudsperson listens to concerns and offers guidance to all faculty and will serve as a neutral party and an advocate for fairness and equity.

The ombudsperson is an appointment made by the president who selects from faculty members nominated by the University Senate and recommended by the provost. The position is independent from the University's formal administrative structure and reports directly to the University Senate chair and the provost.





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