GSBS Ombuds Office
The GSBS Deans office is always available to counsel and advise students and faculty on academic and research-related issues. However, there may be times when a student or faculty member needs input from an “impartial third party” – someone who is knowledgeable about GSBS, but who is outside of the purview and influence of the GSBS Deans Office. To meet this need, we have created the GSBS Ombuds Office. This office serves all GSBS students and faculty. This office can provide assistance with resolving conflicts, whether related to research issues, authorship, harassment, alleged unfairness, or other issues. All discussions through the Ombuds Office are strictly confidential: no records are maintained or forwarded to others at GSBS, UTHealth or MD Anderson Cancer Center. We are pleased to announce that the GSBS Ombuds person is Dr. Henry Strobel. Dr. Strobel is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical School at UTHealth. He has been a member of the GSBS faculty since 1972. During that time he has acted as the primary advisor of 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students, and has served on the Advisory or Examining Committees of 176 students. Dr. Strobel’s background in conflict resolution also includes his seminary training as an Episcopal Priest and his experience with faculty as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Medical School. Dr. Strobel definitely understands the issues that confront students and faculty members! Dr. Strobel will listen to your concerns and ask questions so he can fully understand your situation. He can provide you with information about relevant GSBS policies and procedures, and advise you on your options for how to proceed. He may provide counsel on how you, yourself, can proceed, and coach you on approaches you may take to resolve your situation. He may also act as the go-between, speaking with both you and the other person(s) to help resolve the issues. He may also act as a mediator at a face-to-face meeting between you and other involved individuals. Dr. Strobel may also advise you on other resources at UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center that are available to you.Dr. Strobel can be reached at Henry.W.Strobel@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-5188. His administrative assistant, Ms. Roxanne Garza, can be reached at 713-500-5104.