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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: Complexities of Higher Education Administration

By: Higgerson, Mary Lou; Rehwaldt, Susan S.
Date: 1993
Based on extensive experience in administration, in teaching, and in running workshops for administrators, the authors have assembled a collection of cases focused on topics common to academic administrators. (Anker Publishing)
Publisher: Bolton, MA: Anker

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: Fairweather's Practice and Procedure in Labor Arbitration, 4th Edition

By: Schoonhoven, Ray J., ed.
Date: 1999
You get complete, updated coverage of: -Labor Arbitration and Enforcement of Statutory Rights In-depth discussion of Gilmer v. Industrial Johnson Corp.--and the line of cases following that case--with regard to compulsory arbitration of statutory claims of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements -Employment Arbitration and Enforcement of Statutory Rights Use of Gilmer by lower courts in requiring arbitration of statutory claims of employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements -Vacation, Enforcement, or Correction Listing of the application by various U.S. Circuit Courts of the Misco decision involving vacation of awards based on public policy" -Posthearing Procedures New standards for newly discovered evidence and the use of posthearing briefs." -BNA Books
Publisher: Edison, NJ: BNA Books
Pages: 825
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1570181713
Obtain From: Major booksellers and libraries.

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: 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: 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: 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: Ombudsman Handbook

By: Hendry, James B.
Date: 1987
This handbook explains the process of settling short-term insurance claims through memoranda and other documents used in the office of the Short-term Insurance Ombudsman.
Publisher: Corporate Ombudsman Assoc., Inc.
Pages: 60+

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: Discrimination, Harassment, and the Failure of Diversity Training - What to do Now

By: Hemphill, Helen; Haines, Ray
Date: 1997
The focus of diversity trainers on awareness, understanding and appreciating differences has not resulted in effective training. Hemphil and Haines suggest that diversity training should focus on eliciting change in workplace behaviors.
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN/ISSN: 1567201091
Obtain From: Major booksellers, Libraries

Title: Conflict in Personal Relationships

By: Cahn, Dudley
Date: 1994
This book is organized into two parts. The first focuses on conflict on different types of couple relationships -- homosexual, cross cultural, dating but violent, engaged, and married -- and group relationships -- student peers, parents and their young children, and adult children and their aging parents. The chapters not only review past research on conflict in some relationships, but also take a significant step forward in introducing a variety of other relationship types for future research on conflict. These chapters also offer evidence that conflict is experienced differently in different types of interpersonal relationships. The second part of this book describes basic underlying principles and programs for dealing with interpersonal conflicts. Chapters in this section discuss patterns of argument in everyday life, issues associated with competence in interpersonal conflict, and mediation as a form of intervention for resolution. -Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Publisher: Hillsdale NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates

Title: Mediation in the Campus Community: Designing and Managing Effective Programs

By: Warters, William C.
Date: 1999
This practical and comprehensive book offers administrators, faculty, student services professionals, and student groups step-by-step advice on mediation program development. The author draws on case examples and ideas from campuses across the country to illustrate strategies for developing creative and effective responses to conflict. Readers will find a ten-step guide for creating new programs, plus advice on staff training, program promotion, results evaluation, general conflict resolution skills training strategies and more. Sample forms, policy language, promotional materials, mission statements, assessment questions, and a case management script are among the many resources provided.
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers
Pages: 176
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 078794789X
Obtain From: Libraries and major booksellers.

Title: Campus Life: In Search of Community

By: Boyer, Earnest
Date: 1990
In this book, Boyer offers six principles of community that when combined together lead to a successful and friendly learning environment. They include: a purposeful community, an open community, a just community, a disciplined community, a caring community, and a celebrative community.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Title: Power and Conflict in Continuing Education: Survival and Prosperity for All?

By: Alford, Harold J.
Date: 1980
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co.
Publisher: xi, 247
Pages: 534008496

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
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