A word from the Provost

Sent on behalf of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Karan L. Watson.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Clare A. Gill, professor in the Department of Animal Science, has accepted the position of faculty ombuds officer effective today, September 10, 2013.  Dr. Gill was selected for the position after a campus-wide search, filling the position vacated when Dr. Michael Benedik became dean of faculties.

The faculty ombuds officer, a part-time appointment reporting directly to the provost, will serve as an independent, confidential, and impartial resource for faculty at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gill’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, she will counsel faculty of their options for formal action and will direct them to the appropriate university rules, resources, and offices.

Dr. Gill joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2001.  She is a member of the Graduate Faculty, the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Genetics, and the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Biotechnology.  She was co-leader of the Whole Systems Genomics for Improved Human, Animal, and Environmental Wellbeing multidisciplinary research initiative and serves as associate vice president for diversity in the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.  In this role she assisted with the implementation of the Difficult Dialogues Program, providing leadership for and coordination of the mediation training program and mediation services for faculty and administrators.

Dr. Gill earned a bachelor of biotechnology honours (class I) from Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. in animal molecular genetics from the University of Adelaide, Australia.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses and serves as a mentor to professional science master’s students in the biotechnology program who are undertaking industry internships.  Her research focuses on animal genomics with significant emphasis on beef cattle genomics.

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