A word from the provost's office

Sent on behalf of Vice Provost Michael Benedik

I am pleased to announce that Dr. George R. Welch, professor of physics, has accepted the position of faculty ombuds officer effective immediately.  Dr. Welch was selected for the position after a campus-wide search.

The faculty ombuds officer, a part-time appointment reporting directly to the vice provost, will serve as an independent, confidential, and impartial resource for faculty at Texas A&M University. Dr. Welch’s primary responsibilities will be to raise and clarify issues and concerns, identify options and request assistance to informally resolve workplace conflicts.  In cases where informal resolution efforts fail or are not advisable, he will counsel faculty of their options for formal action and will direct them to the appropriate university rules, resources, and offices. Dr. Welch has significant and diverse experience with faculty issues having served as department head in physics and has been an ACRIC investigator for the Dean of Faculties. 

Dr. Welch received his B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M and his Ph.D. from MIT. He returned to Texas A&M in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and has been with us since. Dr. Welch was elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2003 and received The Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching in 1998. 

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Welch's ability to provide the leadership to guide and assist our faculty regarding workplace concerns.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Welch on his appointment.