Staff

Charles Walcott, University Ombudsman
Charles Walcott, University Ombudsman and professor emeritus of neurobiology and behavior (NBB). ©️Cornell University Marketing Group.Charles Walcott was named the university’s twelfth ombudsman in 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Cornell. He served on the faculties of Harvard University, Tufts University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook before coming to Cornell in 1981 as a full professor and Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Walcott was named the Lab’s first Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director in 1992. He left that position in 1995 to resume teaching and research and went on to lead the Division of Biological Sciences (1998-99) and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (1999-2001) before serving for three years as Associate Dean and Secretary of the University Faculty. He also served as Dean of the University Faculty (2003-08) and the Chair of the University Assembly (fall 2009 – spring 2011). Walcott is an expert on the territorial vocalizations of birds and animal navigation. Since his appointment in 2011 as Cornell’s Ombudsman, he has been an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).

 

Linda B. Falkson, Director, Ombudsman Office
Linda Falkson, Assistant Ombudsman. ©️Cornell University Marketing Group.Linda Falkson joined the Cornell Ombudsman’s Office in 2008. Prior to receiving this appointment, she served as Cornell’s Associate Judicial Administrator and then as Deputy Judicial Administrator for ten years. In this capacity, she adjudicated alleged Code of Conduct violations and she collaborated with community partners regarding the living and learning environment for students. Falkson sought to further serve the Cornell community by helping individuals in the Ombudsman Office. Before her employment at Cornell, she engaged in general legal practice, including criminal defense, and in prosecution. Falkson received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since joining the Cornell Ombudsman Office in 2008, she has been an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA), and is currently co-chairing the ad hoc Title IX task force. Falkson is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner®.

 

Helen Lang, Ombudsman Office Coordinator
Helen Lang, Ombudsman Office Coordinator. ©️Cornell University Marketing Group.Helen Lang joined the Cornell Ombudsman’s Office in 2014. Lang initially came to Cornell to pursue graduate studies, and she received an M.S. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Policy and Planning. She also holds a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University and an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). Lang is a trained mediator and volunteered for seven years at Ithaca’s Community Dispute Resolution Center. She brings a diverse employment background to the Ombudsman’s Office and has previously worked in several fields, including as a writer and an editor, a research paralegal, an administrative assistant at the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, and most recently assisting college students in the field of student services at TC3.

 

University Ombudsman (1969 – present)
Professor Alice H. Cook
NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations
1969 – 1971
Professor Byron Yaffe
NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations
1971 – 1973
Professor David Danelski
Department of Government
College of Arts and Sciences
1973 – 1975
Professor Kenneth I. Greisen
Departments of Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences
1975 – 1977
Professor Eugene Erickson
Department of Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1977 – 1979
Professor Herbert Everett
Department of Plant Breeding
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1979 – 1983
Professor John DeWire
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences
1983 – 1988
Professor Joseph Calvo
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1988 – 1991
Professor Thomas Scott
Department of Soil, Crop and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1991 – 1994
Professor Emeritus Richard G. Warner
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1994 – 1998
Professor Emeritus Walter R. Lynn
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Colleges of Engineering/Arts and Sciences
1998 – 2011
Professor Emeritus Charles Walcott
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
2011 – present