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Bill Warters

Assistant Professor (Research) at Wayne State University

About Me

Bill Warters (Ph.D., Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs) is the Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (MADR) Program at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Warters teaches courses such as the Roots of Social Conflict; Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice; and Ethnography; as well as a fully-online course in Communication Technology and Conflict. Bill's symbolic intereactionist research approach favors qualitative methods used to explore the lived experiences of participants. Demonstrating a strong interest (and hopefully an aptitude) in pedagogical best practices, Bill was chosen to be an WSU Office for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow from 2006 to 2008.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Warters' work includes developing innovative conflict resolution knowledge dissemination and skill building platforms and tools.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Education

Honors

  • William J. Kreidler Award

    2008 Association for Conflict Resolution - for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution Education

  • Distinguished Service Award

    2010 State Bar Association of Michigan ADR Section

  • Faculty Fellow

    2006 Wayne State University Office for Teaching and Learning

  • Guggenheim Fellowship

    1991 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Publications

Experience

  • Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

    • 2013 - Present Academic Director, Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution
    • 2006 - Present Assistant Professor (Research)
  • Wayne State University, College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan Affairs

    • 1/2003 - 2005 Assistant Professor (Research)
  • Wayne State University, College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, Dean's Office

    • 1/1997 - 2003 Research Associate
  • Nova Southeastern University, School of Social and Systemic Studies

    • 1/1994 - 1996 Director, Ph.D. Program in Dispute Resolution
  • Wayne State University

    • 1/2000 - 2004 Project Director - Conflict Management in Higher Education Resource Center grant

Service

  • International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution

    2013 - Present Editorial Board Member

  • Conflict Resolution Quarterly journal

    2001 - Present Editorial Board Member

  • Association for Conflict Resolution - SE Michigan Chapter

    2004 - 2006 President

  • Association for Conflict Resolution

    2008 - 2012 Member - Conflict Resolution Day National Planning Committee

  • Committee on Higher Education - National Association for Mediation in Education

    7/1994 - 9/1996 Chair

Courses Taught

  • COM 6220 – Communication Technology and Conflict

    Graduate

    Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

  • DR 7100 - Roots of Social Conflict

    Graduate

    Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

  • DR 7220 - Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice

    Graduate

    Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

  • COM 8230 - Ethnographic Research Methods

    Doctoral

    Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

  • DR 7890 – Final Seminar in Dispute Resolution

    Graduate

    Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

Grants

  • Dissertation Fellowship for

    1991 - 1992 $10,000 (USD), Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

  • The Influence of Local Culture on Dispute Processing

    1998 - 2000 $21,000 (USD), The Benjamin Barber Fund for Interdisciplinary Legal Research

  • Higher Education Focus Project

    1999 - 2001 $35,000 (USD), Conflict Resolution Information Infrastructure Initiative

  • Conflict Management in Higher Education Resource Center

    2000 - 2003 $364,500 (USD), Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education - US Dept of Education

  • Conflict Resolution in Teacher Education Dissemination Project

    2007 - 2010 $150,000 (USD), Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education - US Department of Education

Presentations