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Note: Each issue of our Conflict Management in Higher Education Report includes some reviews of books and resources. See our table of contents to past resource reviews for quick access.

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Title: Anatomy of a Mediation: Mock Mediation Vignettes - Plus Analysis, Practice Tips, and Discussion

By: Grumbach, James E. Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. (1982- )
Date: 1997
Boston, MA (Ten Winter Pl., Boston 02108-4751): Mcle
Publisher: xii, 120

Title: New Ways of Managing Conflict

By: Likert, Rensis; Likert, Jane G.
Date: 1976
This book applies a systems theory of conflict to a variety of settings. It is applied to the university environment in the chapter "System 4 Structure Applied to Conflicts in Universities"
Publisher: New York: McGraw-Hill
Pages: 370
Obtain From: McGraw Hill

Title: Mastering Mediation: A Guide for Training Mediators in a College and University Setting

By: Olshak, Rick
Date: 2001
This mediation skill training manual, written by a former president of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, is presented as a binder with removable pages. It is designed to give you all the elements you need to construct 4 training tracks focused on the campus environment: basic, advanced, combined and an isolated in-service training. Participants gain an understanding of the mediation process and the skills involved. (540 pp.)
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: LRP Publications
Obtain From: http://www.lrp.com

Title: Conflict Management in Higher Education

By: Holton, Susan; Kramer, Martin
Date: 1995
This special issue of the journal New Directions for Higher Education focused specifically on conflict management in higher education. It provides a well-rounded collection of articles that should be of interest to people working in various higher education domains.
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Obtain From: Jossey-Bass

Title: Tenure, Discrimination, and the Courts (2nd Edition)

By: Leap, Terry L.
Date: 1995
This book examines issues related to faculty tenure, discrimination, and court litigation at American colleges and universities. It also analyzes legal cases, court rulings, personnel practices, and specific types of discrimination germane to reappointment, promotion, or denial of tenure in higher education. Individual chapters concentrate on the potential effects of discrimination legislation; employment discrimination and relevant legislation; the reappointment, promotion, and tenure process; judicial intervention in promotion and tenure disputes; criteria for making promotion and tenure decisions; the burden of proof in college and university discrimination cases; the confidentiality of the peer review process; remedies for employment discrimination in academia; and preventing employment suits. An appendix provides an overview of selected cases. (MDM)
Publisher: St. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
Pages: 247
Obtain From: Cornell University Press

Title: Academic Supermarkets: A Critical Case Study of a Multiversity

By: Altbac, Philip; Laufer, R.; et al.
Date: 1971
This edited volume chronicles some of the student upheaval evident in the late 1960s in the United States. Includes articles on topics such as the "Anatomy of Faculty Conflict", "Departmental Clashes", "Four Decades of Activism" (charting student initiated conflicts from 1930-1968) and "Generational Conflict."
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Pages: 369

Title: Managing Faculty Disputes

By: McCarthy, Jane; Ladimer, Irving; Sirefman, Josef
Date: 1984
This highly focused book (developed by staff from the now defunct Center for Mediation in Higher Education) explores sources of conflict with and among faculty and reviews various sample grievance procedures, advocating for the increased use of informal mediation options. The book is out of print, so check your library or used book sources. -Conflict Management in Higher Education Report
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Pages: 257
ISBN/ISSN: out of print, obtain from used bookstores, libraries
Obtain From: 1

Title: Mediation in the Academy: A Workbook for Student Affairs Administrators

By: Kegelman, T.
Date: 1985
Amherst, MA: The Mediation Project
Publisher:
ISBN/ISSN: Mediation Project

Title: Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration, The

By: Abrams, Rger I.
Date: 2000
In this insightful book, legal scholar and salary arbitrator Roger Abrams tells the story of how a few thousand very talented young men obtain their extraordinary riches. Juggling personal experience and business economics, game theory and baseball history, he explains how agents negotiate compensation, how salary arbitration works, and how the free agency auction" operates. In addition, he looks at the context in which these systems operate: the players' collective bargaining agreement, the distribution of quality players among the clubs, even the costs of other forms of entertainment with which baseball competes." -Temple University review
Publisher: Temple University Press
Pages: 224
Obtain From: Major booksellers and libraries.

Title: Teaching Democracy by Being Democratic

By: Becker, Theodore L., ed.; Couto, Richard A., ed.
Date: 1996
This volume links theory to practice by featuring tested techniques in teaching democracy by being democratic in the classroom. The book is divided into three parts and six chapters with an introduction presenting a theoretical and analytical framework of democracy and democratic pedagogy. Part 1 features "The Democratic Classroom" and includes (1) "Students in Charge" (William R. Caspary) and (2) "Personal Empowerment" (Louis Herman). Part 2, "Beyond Classrooms and Internships," contains (3) "Service Learning: Integrating Community Issues and the Curriculum" (Richard A. Couto) and (4) "Applying Democratic Theory in Community Organizations (Richard Guarasci; Craig A. Rimmerman). Part 3, "Innovative Democratic Institutions within the University," discusses (5) "The Community Mediation Service: A Model for Teaching Democracy and Conflict Resolution" (Christa Daryl Slaton) and (6) "Televote: Interactive, Participatory Polling" (Theodore L. Becker). The volume concludes with an afterword, a bibliography, and an index. (CB)
Publisher: Westport, CT: Praeger
Pages: 184

Title: Leadership Skills for Department Chairs

By: Gmelch, Walter H; Miskin, Val D
Date: 1993
This book discusses The Call for Leadership, Developing an Academic Team, Department Planning: Analysis and Direction, Department Results: Goal Setting, Managing Time: For Department Chairs Only, Managing Conflict Creatively: Valuing Diverse Perspectives, Coping with Stress: Maintaining Your Enthusiasm, and Leadership Trade-Offs and Pay-Offs. -Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Publisher: Bolton, MA: Anker Pub. Co.

Title: Power and Conflict in the University: Research in the Sociology of Complex Organizations

By: Baldridge, Victor
Date: 1971
This classic book, based on Baldridge's experiences working at NYU during a time of great changes, argues in favor of viewing universities as political organizations as opposed to collegial, bureaucratic or purely rational systems. Baldridge explains Rather than a holistic enterprise, the university is a pluralistic system, often fractured by conflicts along the lines of disciplines, faculty subgroups, student subcultures, splits between administrators and faculties, and rifts between professional schools. (p. 107)" -Conflict Management in Higher Education Report
Publisher: New York: John Wiley & Sons
Obtain From: 2

Title: Parable of a President

By: Haak, Harold H.
Date: 1982
A fictional account of 1 school year in the life of a university president is presented to illustrate the conflicts within the university. A meeting with state officials regarding the university's 1979-1980 budget request is described, including the president's pre-meeting anticipation and his thoughts about the dynamics of interactions. Diverse phone calls received by the president are interspersed with his serious reflections regarding the budget request document and the political influences to the state decision-making process. After the legislative budget committee meeting, the president's responsibilities included: an all-day planning retreat on general education; a meeting with the State Education Commission regarding the university's academic master plan; meeting with the campus attorney regarding employee and student litigation and grievances; and a session with the faculty executive committee. The concept of "up-tight management," which emphasizes the simultaneous, or mixed, presence of conflict-oriented models along with various models that de-emphasize conflict, is discussed in an afterward. The president placed a high priority on building a consensus on institutional purposes and priorities. The college was stressful because of disagreements about the university's goals as well as conflicting process or procedural models. The school was in transition from a teachers college to a liberal arts college, and then to a regional university. (SW)
Publisher: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
Pages: 75

Title: Conflict and Change on Campus: The Response to Student Hyper-Activism

By: Brickman, William; Lehrer, Stanley
Date: 1970
Publisher: New York: School and Society Books

Title: Managing Campus Conflict Through Alternative Dispute Resolution

By: Weeks, Kent
Date: 1999
This 1999 technical assistance manual is from the publisher of Lex Collegii, a quarterly legal newsletter for independent higher education. As explained by the book's publisher, this manual "analyzes and assesses alternative dispute resolution systems available to the college campus. It focuses on widely accepted forms of alternative dispute resolution, how they work, and their application to the collegiate environment. The manual includes data to evaluate options and determine how processes can be adapted to a particular institution and environment. Appendices of policies and forms that can be used for arbitration, mediation, grievance processing, and ombudsman systems is provided."
Publisher: Nashville, TN: College Legal Information, Inc.
Pages: 180
ISBN/ISSN: 1-881434-18-4