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Conflict Resolution For Department Chairs

Friday March 15, 3:00-4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Presenter - Tracy E. Ore, PhD - St. Cloud University

Moderator - Margaret Weigers Vitullo, PhD – American Sociological Association

Recommended for new and seasoned Department Chairs and other department leaders, as well as anyone concerned about how to manage conflicts and create a more positive department climate.

In this webinar the presenter will draw on her experience in assisting departments and programs in addressing issues of conflict. Some of the topics that will be addressed include: understanding the sources of department conflict; the importance of considering personal style, strategy, and personality in negotiating conflict; and the identification of key tools for addressing departmental conflict.


Tracy E. Ore Portrait Tracy E. Ore has extensive training in conflict resolution, most recently as a component of the 2012 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.  She has consulted extensively with programs and departments locally and nationally on strategies for working through conflict.  She also served as an Associate Provost to oversee seven units to develop effective and sustainable ways to serve undergraduate student success, and is currently serving as an external Chair for a department tasked with developing ways to address internal conflict and establish policies and procedures for creating a positive professional climate.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, is an active member of the American Sociological Association, and is Past-President of the Sociologists for Women in Society. Her teaching areas include race and ethnicity, social inequality, democracy and citizenship, the ethics of sociological practice, social movements, and the global politics of food. Her most recent text is The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (fifth edition), published by McGraw-Hill. In addition to this work, Ore does research in the areas of sustainable agriculture, technology and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the development of effective teaching pedagogy. She serves as a consultant for multicultural education and curriculum to a variety of organizations and agencies and conducts workshops and training related to issues of inequality.

 Margaret Weigers Vitullo is the ASA Director of Academic and Professional Affairs.