IC Faculty Advocate

What is a Faculty Advocate?

The Faculty Advocate position is a new 3-year position created by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with Faculty Council, as of Fall 2019. This position is served by a tenured faculty person who continues to teach in their departments with a reduced teaching load. Dr. Sue-Je Gage was nominated to serve the first term in this inaugural position. The Faculty Advocate offers a space where faculty members may discuss problems or issues. The Faculty Advocate serves as a confidential, approachable, impartial and neutral listener and resource for faculty members, helping to mediate conflicts, provide feedback, suggest referrals to other resources as needed and foster respectful, inclusive, and ethical behavior and fair process.  

How it Works

The Faculty Advocate role follows an Alternative Dispute Resolution structure. The process is non-binding and voluntary. It is a confidential process intended to be accessible to all faculty at Ithaca College. 

The Faculty Advocate does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedure related to concerns brought to their attention. The Faculty Advocate is an informal resource and therefore is not authorized to accept notice or formal complaints nor do they make binding decisions, mandate policies, offer legal advice or formally adjudicate issues for the College. The Faculty Advocate is not authorized to speak on behalf of the College. The Faculty Advocate will not keep any records with the exception of the annual reports. 

The Faculty Advocate offers informal services and does not replace formal processes available to the Ithaca College community.

Confidentiality is Important

All communication to the Faculty Advocate regarding issues brought to the Faculty Advocate are “off the record” and confidential unless the information shared falls within a requirement where the Faculty Advocate is a mandatory reporter under law or policy (e.g. unlawful discrimination and/or harassment, Title IX and Clery Act crimes – see https://www.ithaca.edu/ogc/harassment/ and https://www.ithaca.edu/sacl/safety/clerycompliance/crimes/).

How to Contact the Faculty Advocate

During Spring 2020, the Faculty Advocate will host open office hours three times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm in Gannett 121 or faculty can email the Faculty Advocate to schedule a meeting at other times on or off campus. 

Please note: Sending confidential information by email is discouraged as privacy cannot be assured in email communications.