The Role of the Faculty Advocate

The Faculty Advocate listens to the concerns of faculty, facilitates constructive dialogue, and assists in evaluating available options. 

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • offering confidential (with the exceptions of harassment and discrimination and Clery Act crimes) assistance to Ithaca College faculty with informally resolving conflict or other concerns and issues and to improve the campus environment;
  • offering guidance to chairs, deans, and the Provost in addressing individual and collective faculty concerns;
  •  providing counsel and information to faculty engaged in the tenure and/or promotion process, that can include information about preparation for appeals or responses and more general questions about processes and policies as a neutral resource, and to the various evaluative bodies associated with the tenure and promotion process; 
  • providing feedback and mediation regarding employment-related concerns of faculty at all ranks; and
  • providing annual independent reports to the Provost, President and Faculty Council regarding all concerns that faculty have (i.e., reports are limited to trends, no identifying information or confidential information is relayed in the reports) and soliciting additional information to address structural concerns if patterns are found and recommendations need to be made institutionally. 
  • and regularly attending Faculty Council meetings as an ex officio member of Faculty Council.

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/).