Faculty Conflicts

March 2, 2012    Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Mediation

As a dean, department chair, Headmaster or Headmistress or faculty member or teacher, you may contact Baltimore Mediation for those conflicts that arise between faculty, between departments or which have been festering for years and have gone unaddressed. Mediation is an alternative that is private, confidential and focused on quality dialogue and informed decision making.

Example: A faculty member is up for tenure and has complained that she is being discriminated against in the selection process.

Example: For years there have been rumors about a faculty member. A student just reported an incident with the faculty member that may confirm the rumors, but the report was made in confidence.

Example: The chair of a department has a clash with the administration over resource allocation and general respect issues. There may be racial concerns as well.

Example: Two teachers who have been asked to work together are not working well together and others are aware of the tension and they have to finish out the semester together at the very least.

Example: An assistant coach believes the methods used by the head coach are inappropriate and out of line; others have quietly commented about it as well.

Whether there are strong conflicting views or topics are only whispered in the halls or behind closed doors, mediation with a Baltimore Mediation mediator provides an ideal forum for addressing the situation in a healthy and responsive way. It is a smart choice for schools and a responsive choice towards faculty. Mediation outcomes may include the working through personal differences or styles between faculty members who still need to work together for the good of the institution and the students whom they influence or may be about serious discussion and decisions about tenure and other policy decisions or may be about making decisions about no longer working in the same department or the same institution and how to part with fairness and integrity for all.

Many deans, department chairs, Board members of academic institutions, faculty and teachers are finding that mediation is not only a cost effective alternative, but is a refreshing and preferred choice. Addressing faculty and administration conflicts directly improves educational quality inside and outside the classroom. Baltimore Mediation mediators provide a strong neutral presence in a supportive setting where various viewpoints are facilitated and explored. Baltimore Mediation mediators also have in depth training and experience in mediating faculty, school and higher education disputes as well as backgrounds in legal transactions, human resources, counseling, education and employment matters. See also workplace disputes.

For those matters which may lead to potential litigation, deans, department chairs, Board members of academic institutions, faculty and teachers may contact Baltimore Mediation to arrange for mediation when they want to avoid the economic and psychological costs of potential and actual litigation. Litigation may include all varieties of faculty, workplace and higher education disputes, all of which have aspects of the claims which are suitable for mediation. Agreements can be partial or total, with present and future terms, as decided by the parties; mediated settlements can be drafted and accompanied by full releases. Agreements and settlements can be public or kept confidential. See also contract disputes.

Baltimore Mediation also provides some of the highest quality conflict resolution training for faculty and staff in how to handle future conflicts in responsive ways that increases the quality of working relationships, thereby lowering employee dissatisfaction and unresolved conflict. See customized trainings.