Meet Amherst’s Ombudsperson

October 21, 2016

Michael Stephens talks about the his role as Ombudsperson, including examples of the type of assistance and support that the Office of the Ombudsperson can provide for Amherst College staff.


Need to talk about a workplace issue? Not sure what to do?

Welcome to the Office of the Ombudsperson

Are you having challenges or difficulties in your Amherst College staff or faculty position?  The College has an ombudsperson—a neutral, independent and confidential resource who can help you with challenges such as:

  • Conflict with a colleague or supervisor
  • The need to have a “difficult conversation”
  • Any situation that you are unsure how to handle

Our ombudsperson, Michael Stephens, is on staff specifically to provide completely confidential workplace counseling to staff and faculty on many different issues and situations.

Michael Stephens Michael is an experienced ombudsperson with a long career in areas including conflict resolution, employee relations and employee counseling. He is generally on campus in Valentine 117 from 8:30-5:00 on Thursdays, and he can also be available at other times by appointment. To schedule time to speak with him, call 413-542-5156 or write to

Read more about Michael Stephens.