To the University of Iowa Community:
Effective conflict management is crucial to the success of our institution. Our large and diverse university includes thousands of students, faculty and staff who work, study and live closely together, which inevitably leads to conflicts. In addition, academic environments often involve strongly-felt differences of opinion, critiques, and evaluations. When we don’t address such conflicts, they reduce the productivity of faculty, staff and students, taking time and energy away from research, teaching, learning and other important aspects of our mission. Managing conflicts well is an important part of a vital, thriving university and is essential to effective collaboration and teamwork and the development of trust. I hope that the resources provided on this website will help everyone on campus take responsibility to manage conflict early, respectfully, and appropriately.
Barbara J. Wilson
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This website is intended to serve as a resource on effective conflict management for all members of the University of Iowa community. It is a work in progress; please provide any feedback to the Office of the Ombudsperson.
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