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William Warters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Research), Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Research field: Social Sciences - Communication
conflict studies, violence prevention, higher education, teaching and learning, ethnography, qualitative research, internet, open source, mediation, dispute resolution


Awards and Grants

  •  Oct 2008 
    William J. Kreidler Award, Association for Conflict Resolution Education Section
  •  Oct 2007 
    Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education - 3 Year Sub-Award to build Res View website
  •  Oct 2000 
    Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) - 3 Year Grant for Conflict Management View website
  •  Feb 1991 
    Guggenheim Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Biographical Information

My primary work explores innnovative ways to support conflict resolution knowledge and skill development, with recent efforts focused on the use of technology and the web for instruction and professional development. In addition to my faculty position I also have served as a Faculty Fellow at the Office for Teaching and Learning two days per week where I specialized in emerging technologies for scholars.

My research training and experience leans heavily on qualitative methods for exploring the lived experience of project participants. Back in graduate school I received a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct my dissertation research on abusive men who had been pushed to change their behavior. The dissertation passed with distinction and received the distinguished Syracuse University Dissertation Prize. A paper from the project received the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Dean's Award. Continuing this line of work, I have been working sporadically on a book on a symbolic interactionist view of men's violence prevention.

In addition to my long-standing focus on violence and masculinity (including 3 years editing the Ending Men's Violence News), I have been very active in the area of dispute resolution and mediation in higher education, exploring it in terms of teaching, research and practice. In 1990 I co-chaired the First National Conference on Campus Mediation. In 1996 I conducted a delphi study on the rapid emergence of graduate-level degree-granting programs in dispute resolution across North America. This research was followed by a symposium I hosted at Nova Southeastern University that brought together representatives from 15 different programs to discuss the future of the field. An article reporting the results of this study was published in the Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution. I served two terms as Chair of the Higher Education Committee of the National Association for Mediation in Education and later as Co-chair of the Education Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Work in this area has continued.

My current research agenda includes continuing my work on dispute resolution in higher education, building up the toolset and information available at the Campus Conflict Resolution Resources Web site, as well as establishing new information portals, looking at various "sub-cultures" of disputing on campuses (as outlined in my 1995 ombuds journal article), and at the growth and spread of dispute resolution as a field of study.

I have also had administrative experience in number of different settings. Significantly, I served as Director of Nova Southeastern University's doctoral program in Dispute Resolution during it's first year and a half. I also served as Faculty Supervisor of the Conflict Resolution Resource Service (CRRS) at NSU beginning February of 1994. The CRRS was/is a campus and community mediation and conflict resolution program that I initiated that provided students with practical experience offering mediation, conflict resolution, and group facilitation services to the local community. Previously I developed and directed a similar program called the Campus Mediation Center at Syracuse University, serving as coordinator for 2 and a half years.

My book, ''Mediation in the Campus Community: Designing and Managing Effective Programs'' was published in late 1999 by Jossey-Bass press, in affiliation with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Conflict Resolution in Education Network. The book provides a theoretical grounding for campus dispute resolution efforts, while serving as a technical assistance manual for developing campus dispute resolution systems, published in conjunction with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution.


Professional Experience

2003 - Present
Assistant Professor (Research) at Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Oct 1997 - Jul 2003
Research Associate at Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Aug 1994 - Aug 1997
Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Dec 1987 - Dec 1992
Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, United States
Ph.D., Social Science
Dec 1985 - Dec 1987
Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, United States
M.A. Social Science
Dec 1979 - Dec 1983
University of California, Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California, United States
Jun 1977 - Aug 1977
Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, United States

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