In 2002, Sullivan University began offering a Master’s of Science in Conflict Management degree. Then in 2010, we extended our degree programs and started a Ph.D. in Management program with an option in Conflict Management. This year, the university is continuing its commitment to help organizational leaders, conflict management practitioners and conflict management scholars learn, research and make contributions to this emerging field.
I am excited to announce that Sullivan University is publishing a new scholarly, multi-disciplinary journal that will fill a void in conflict management literature. The Journal of Conflict Management (JOCM) will be published quarterly, and it will include peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics, including conflict coaching, workplace bullying, organizational conflict management, facilitation, negotiation, organizational ombudspersons, communication and conflict, change and conflict, and other contemporary conflict management subjects. Each issue will be available online as a PDF file.
The JOCM has the full sponsorship of Sullivan University, so we will not be tasked with generating a profit. Not only will this make the journal widely available without issue or subscription fees, but it also gives authors broad exposure. The JOCM is published by a team of volunteer editors and professionals who are dedicated to the scholarly advancement of conflict management.
Are you interested in learning more about conflict management?
The Graduate School at Sullivan University is sponsoring From Discord to Harmony: Managing Conflict in Your Workplace, presented by Dr. LaVena Wilkin, Ph.D., dean of the Conflict Management programs at Sullivan.
How conflict is managed in the workplace makes the difference between an energized and productive environment and a contentious and unproductive one. In this fast-paced presentation, Dr. Wilkin will offer practical ideas for leaders who must manage conflict to keep team members working harmoniously together.
After the presentation, there will be refreshments at the Graduate School Open House, where attendees can meet graduates, current students and faculty including Dr. Wilkin, and find out why Sullivan’s graduate school program has been ranked #1 in the region by Business First for six years running — a reflection of our deep commitment to making graduate school a success.
The presentations will be offered at both Sullivan’s Louisville and Lexington campuses:
Louisville – Tuesday, August 20th at 6pm, 3101 Bardstown Road
Lexington – Tuesday, August 27th at 6pm, 355 Harrodsburg Road
About the author:
Dr. LaVena Wilkin is the director of the Ph.D. program, the dean of Conflict Management programs, and the editor of the Journal of Conflict Management. She spent the first 26 years of her professional life in the construction industry, and she became interested in conflict management when she bought the company she worked for and realized her conflict management skills needed honing.
In addition to overseeing the academic programs, editing the journal and teaching, she facilitates workshops on communication and conflict, emotional intelligence, forgiveness, organizational conflict, conflict and change, interpersonal conflict management and workplace bullying for organizations.
Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Prevention and Aggression Among Adolescence (SPAVA), and she is currently working with the director of Safe Neighborhoods through the Office of Mayor Greg Fisher on initiatives to reduce violence in Louisville.
In her spare time, Dr. Wilkin enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to plays and eating dinner at the wonderful Louisville Originals restaurants.