About the Faculty Ombuds

Meet the Faculty Ombuds

Caroline Bartel

Dr. Caroline Bartel

Dr. Caroline Bartel is a professor in the McCombs School of Business. Her research and teaching focus on sustaining employee engagement in the workplace, particularly in organizations and professions undergoing change. Dr. Bartel has studied how organizations in various industries can maintain the motivation, performance and commitment of employees during times of organizational growth as well as decline. She has examined an array of change initiatives, such as corporate citizenship and community outreach, virtual work and telecommuting, and organizational restructuring. A main theme in her work is how organizational cultures and systems affect the degree to which employees feel respected and valued at work.

Chris McCarthy

Dr. Chris McCarthy

Dr. Chris McCarthy is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. McCarthy’s specialization is in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and he teaches courses in career development, counseling skills, and group counseling. His research interests include stress and coping in educational contexts, career development, and group counseling. Dr. McCarthy’s current scholarly focus is on researching factors that cause stress for K – 12 teachers and developing interventions to help teachers thrive. Dr. McCarthy is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the American Educational Research Association.

The University Faculty Ombuds is a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). The office operations are consistent with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association. 


Office Standards of Practice


  • Provides a safe place to voice concerns, evaluate issues, and identify options.
  • Maintains confidentiality to the extent permitted by law and university policy.
  • Does not keep records.


  • Does not advocate for any party or the University.
  • Promotes fairness and equity.


  • Facilitates communication when appropriate.
  • Does not participate in any formal process.
  • Does not make judgments or decisions.


  • Operates within University policy and reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost for administrative and budgetary purposes.
  • Does not represent the University.
  • Advises and makes recommendations on University policies and processes.