Contact Faculty Ombuds

Faculty members can contact ombud Marjorie Kostelnik and ombud Rodrigo Franco Cruz at In your message, include your name, email address, phone number, the best time you can be reached, and if you have an ombud preference. An ombud will get back to you within two working days to set up a convenient time and place to meet. A personal appointment will give you the chance to discuss your concerns fully and confidentially. To protect your privacy, do NOT include details of your concerns in any message at any stage of working with the ombuds.

Preparing for a Call or Visit

You are not required to prepare anything before you talk with an ombud, but you may find it helpful to gather your thoughts — in writing or otherwise — so you can best express your concerns. Some questions that may help you focus your thoughts:

  • What is the situation you want to address or improve?
  • Who else is impacted by this situation?
  • What do you hope will happen? What do you fear will happen?
  • Is there anything you have already done to address this situation?
  • What internal or external barriers are preventing you from addressing this situation?
  • Which policies regulate your appointment and the functioning of your unit?

Meet the Ombuds

Marjorie Kostelnik
Marjorie Kostelnik
Walk-in office hours: Tuesdays, 2–4 p.m.
Louise Pound Hall, Room 231Q

Marjorie Kostelnik, professor of child, youth and family studies, teaches and conducts research on early childhood education. She joined the university as dean of the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences in 2000. Three years later, the college partnered with Teachers College to become one of the first colleges of education and human sciences in the country. Kostelnik was instrumental in this effort and served as dean of the new college until 2017. Before returning to the faculty, she served as senior associate to the president of the University of Nebraska, leading the implementation of university-wide efforts to find significant cost savings while preserving academic quality and low tuition. Prior to coming to Nebraska, she spent 22 years at Michigan State as a faculty member and chair of the Department of Family and Child Ecology. Kostelnik has written and co-authored numerous articles and books and has served in leadership positions for associations, boards, and commissions within her field. She has been honored with various teaching awards throughout her career, UNL's Pound-Howard Distinguished Career Award, and inducted into the Sally Wysong Early Childhood Hall of Fame. Kostelnik holds a Bachelor of Science in child development from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Master of Science and doctorate in human development and family studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Rodrigo Franco Cruz
Rodrigo Franco Cruz
Walk-in office hours: Fridays, 8:30am-10:30am, except March 6th and March 27th
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Hall, Room 210

Rodrigo Franco Cruz, associate professor of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, teaches and advises students and conducts high impact research. His research interests include the role of redox signaling, protein/organelle quality control mechanisms, and metabolism in neuronal cell death, brain disease and injury. He is affiliated with and contributes to the mission of the university's Redox Biology Center and is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Society of Toxicology. He has received national and international awards and recognition for his work. Franco has served on a number of university committees, including the Research Council, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Academic Integrity, Faculty Rights, and the Graduate Committee of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Franco has published numerous peer-reviewed research manuscripts, reviews, and editorials; edited many special issues and books; and participated as an editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals and grant funding agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.