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Setting Expectations, Resolving Conflicts, & Identifying Your Own Advising Style

A Professional Development Opportunity for Graduate Faculty Sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of the Provost

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Illini Union Rooms A, B, & C
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty. Please reserve a seat by calling 333-0035 or e-mailing

It is estimated that nationwide only 50% of entering doctoral students actually obtain their degree after 10 years, and that proactive mentoring is a significant factor in student persistence. This workshop will explore different faculty advising styles and discuss how conflict can arise because of conflicting student and faculty expectations. Faculty will discuss how to set clear, reasonable expectations for students in order to avoid miscommunication and conflicts. Training will include both lecture and small group discussion.

All UIUC faculty are welcome, but seating is limited. Please contact the Graduate College to reserve your space today.

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee Illini Room C & Lobby
9:00 - 9:15


Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Illini Rooms A & B
9:15 - 10:30

Advisor Styles/Management Styles

Greg Lambeth, Counseling Center

Illini Rooms A & B
10:30 - 12:30

Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts Between Faculty and Graduate Students

John P. Beck, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University

Julie Brockman, Assistant Professor, Labor & Industrial Relations, Michigan State University

Illini Rooms A & B
12:30 - 1:00

Buffet Lunch and Closing Remarks

Richard Wheeler, Dean, Graduate College

Illini Rooms A & B

Event Facilitators

John P. Beck

John P. Beck

John P. Beck is an Associate Professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University. He co-directs a project (with Karen Klomparens, the Dean of the MSU Graduate School), "Building Mutual Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education," on the use of interest-based conflict resolution approaches for graduate students and their faculty mentors. He also currently serves as associate director of SLIR, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and the Project on Innovative Employee Relations Systems (PIERS). Under the PIERS rubric, he has taught various courses on workplace innovation and worked with a number of joint labor/management efforts at workplace transformation. These joint efforts have fostered a wide range of workplace changes including improved communications and relationships, the implementation of team work systems and/or alternative compensation strategies, and the design of flattened input and decision making models. Prior to joining the staff of the School, Prof. Beck spent five years as the Education and Research Director of the United Paperworkers International Union where he devoted much of his time to the Union's efforts in the areas of joint labor/management cooperation and workplace innovation. Prof. Beck holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Julie Brockman

Julie Brockman

Julie L. Brockman, PhD, is an expert in the areas of conflict resolution and workplace learning. She currently splits her time between the Michigan State University Graduate School as coordinator of the Conflict Resolution Program and the School of Labor and Industrial Relations where she teaches for both academic and outreach programs. Dr. Brockman received her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from MSU in 2004, her M.L.I.R. from the School Of Labor and Industrial Relations, MSU, in 1998, and an M.A. in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University in 1986. Dr. Brockman's teaching and research interests include workplace education, adult learning, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Prior to joining the MSU community, Dr. Brockman spent ten years working in HR/LR for TRW Aircraft Components Group in Euclid, Ohio and the Nestle Chocolate and Confections facility in Fulton, NY. While earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Brockman worked for the School of Labor and Industrial Relations as an independent consultant and adjunct professor for outreach and academic programs.

Gregory Lambeth

Greg Lambeth, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Therapeutic Services Coordinator at the University of Illinois Counseling Center. Dr. Lambeth established a liaison between the Counseling Center and the Graduate College in 1996 to help create programming for the university's diverse graduate student population. He developed a dissertation writing workshop which assists students in developing the organizational and management skills necessary to be successful on this project. This all-day workshop has been offered on this campus nearly every semester since 1997 and more than 2,000 graduate students have participated in it. Dr. Lambeth has also counseled graduate students at the University of Texas, the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois on topics such as dissertation completion, time-to-degree extensions, advisor conflicts, psychological disorders and disability accommodations. Dr. Lambeth's primary area of specialization with graduate students is working with procrastination and avoidant coping strategies.