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William Warters

  • Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor (Research)
  • Wayne State University
  • 16PublicationsNumber of items in William's My Publications folder on Mendeley.

Recent publications

  • Extending Campus Conflict Resolution Efforts Beyond the Mediation Table

    • Warters B
  • The History of Campus Mediation Systems: Research and Practice

    • Warters W

Professional experience

Assistant Professor (Research)

Wayne State University

August 2003 - Present

Research Associate

Wayne State University

October 1997 - July 2003(6 years)

Assistant Professor

Nova Southeastern University

August 1994 - August 1997(3 years)



Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College

June 1977 - August 1977(2 months)

M.A. Social Science

Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University

Ph.D., Social Science

Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University


University of California, Santa Cruz


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.