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Preventing Conflict & Setting Expectations:How to Get Your Message Across

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


Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Illini Union Rooms A, B, & C
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free to all Urbana campus graduate faculty, and lunch will be provided.

9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 - 9:40


Ruth Watkins, Office of the Provost

9:40 - 10:00

The Importance of Mentoring in Completion

Richard Wheeler, Dean of the Graduate College

10:00 - 12:00

Faculty Communication & Expectation Setting: How to Get Your Message Across.

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

Karen Klomparens, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate School, Michigan State University

12:00 - 1:00

Buffet Lunch

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.

Karen Klomparens

Karen Klomparens has served as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of Graduate Education at Michigan State University since 1997. She is a Professor of Plant Biology and is on leave as Director of MSU's Center for Advanced Microscopy. Prior to becoming Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Welfare in 1994, Dr. Klomparens was on a Fulbright-supported sabbatical at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Klomparens' passions as a Graduate Dean focus on completion issues for doctoral students, responsible conduct of research, interdisciplinary graduate education, and career and professional development opportunities for graduate students. Klomparens and her colleagues developed a FIPSE (U.S. Department of Education) and Hewlett Foundation supported program on Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts between Graduate Students and Faculty. The program uses interest-based approaches to resolving conflicts and has been used in a variety of settings inside and outside of academe for the past 7 years. Klomparens recently completed a 2-year term as the Chair of the Big Ten (CIC) graduate deans group and has just begun a 3-year term on the Council of Graduate Schools National Board of Directors.