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Conflict

This interest area focuses on how people engage in conflict and cooperation communication as social movements, organizing structures and personal interactions. We have close ties to the Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution, which includes faculty and students from most of the colleges and schools at the University: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/cppdr/portfolio/.

Other activities and the services of the Conflict Resolution Center are described here: http://www.utpcr.org.

Courses | Publications by faculty members | Dissertations and theses

Courses

CMS 354 Conflict Mediation

CMS 371K Practicum in Conflict Mediation

Publications by faculty members

Browning, L. D., Beyer, J.  M., & Shetler, J. C. (1995).  Building cooperation in a competitive industry:  SEMATECH and the semiconductor industry.  Academy of Management Journal, 38, (1), 113-151.

Browning, L. D., & Shetler, J. C. (2000).  Sematech:  Saving the U.S. Semiconductor Industry. College Station, TX:  Texas A & M University Press.

Caughlin, J. P., & Vangelisti, A. L.  (1999).  Desire for change in one's partner as a predictor of the demand/withdraw pattern of marital communication.  Communication Monographs, 66, 66-89.

Caughlin, J. P., & Vangelisti, A. L.  (2000).  An individual difference explanation of why married couples engage in the demand/withdraw pattern of conflict.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 523-551.

Caughlin, J. P., & Vangelisti, A. L.  (2006).  Conflict in dating and romantic relationships.  In J. Oetzel & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds.), The Sage handbook of conflict communication (pp. 129-157).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Caughlin, J. P., Vangelisti, A. L., & Mikucki-Enyart, S. L.  (in press).  Conflict in dating and marital relationships.  In J. Oetzel & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds.), The Sage handbook of conflict communication (2nd ed.).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Dillard, C., Browning, L. D., Sitkin, S., & Sutcliffe, K. (2000).  Impression management and the use of procedures at the Ritz-Carlton:  Moral standards and dramaturgical discipline.  Communication Studies, 51, 404-414.

Duchan, J., D. Kovarsky, and Maxwell, M. (Eds.) (1999). Constructing (In)Competence: Disabling Evaluations In Clinical And Social Interaction. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Duchan, J., Maxwell, M. & Kovarsky, D. (1999). Evaluating Competence in the Course of Everyday Interaction, in Kovarsky et al. Duchan, J., D. Kovarsky, and Maxwell, M. (Eds.) (1999). Constructing (In)Competence: Disabling Evaluations In Clinical And Social Interaction. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Maxwell, M. (2006). Misunderstanding and Mal-understanding in Mediation. Selected Papers of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis, Rome, IT.

Maxwell, M. & Kovarsky, D. (1994). Values Conflict in a Diagnostic Team, in D. Kovarsky, J. Duchan & M. Maxwell (eds.), Language Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Silver Spring, MD: American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, pp. 68-91.

Maxwell, M. (1994). Conflict Talk in a Professional Meeting, in D. Kovarsky, J. Duchan & M. Maxwell (eds.), Language Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Silver Spring, MD: American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, pp. 60-67.

Maxwell M., Anderson, S., Parekh, K., Nambiar, E., & Capece, R. (in press). Metaphors of Hostile Communication, Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

Smith-Todd, S. & Maxwell M. (2003). Black Sign Language and School Integration in Texas, Language in Society, 15 (1986): 81-93. Also reprinted in John Lewis (Ed.). The Black Deaf. Gallaudet University. Also reprinted in Hollrah, B. (Ed.) (2002). Black Perspectives: Essays on the Deaf Community. Gallaudet University Press. Originally published in Language in Society, 15 (1986): 81-93.

Sørnes, J-O., & Browning, L.D. (2007). What if High North energy exploitation fails? An analysis of what can go wrong.  In Bourmistrov. A., & Mellemvik, F. (2007) (Eds.), Norwegian-Russian Cooperation in Education and Business - Visions and Challenges in Perspectives of the High North. Cappelen, Norway.

Vangelisti, A. L., Middleton, A. V., & Ebersole, D. S.  (in press).  Couples’ cognitions during conflict: Differences between what partners say and what they think.  Human  Communication Research.

Yildirim, Y. & Maxwell M. (2006). Tolerance and Dialogue in Fethullah Gulen's Writings, The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice. Houston, TX: Institute for Interfaith Dialogue.

Ph.D. Dissertations and M.A. theses

Cherry, S. M. (M. A., 2008). Rule-breakers and peace-makers: A study of conflict communication between adolescents and parent in single-parent homes.

Davis, Amanda J. (Ph.D., 2008). Dissertation: Unveiling the Rhetoric of Torture: Abu Ghraib and American National Identity.

Duong, Sue Lynn. (M.A., 2004). Mediator questions: a test of McGee's framework in mediation.

Griffin, D.J. (2007). Naïve realism in the pediatric cochlear implantation debate.

Ho, Shin-jung (M.A., 2002). Kan dashan argument as a collaborative and social activity in a Chinese community : sequential organization, social-interactional functions, and communicative practices of "Ethnification".

Kosenko, Kama. (M.A., 2002). Identity politics in (inter-) action : the case of the 2002 symposium for the deaf and hard of hearing .

Mark, Meredith. (M.A., 2004). Victim Impact Statements: Mother-Father Contrast.

McCafferty, James (Ph.D., 1997). The essence of consortia: a comparative analysis of modernist and postmodernist thinking in an R&D consortia, the case of Sematech.

Miller, Shane. (Ph.D., 1997). Watching Crime in America: How Discourses about Crime Demonize, Divert, and Control.

Sakai, Shinobu. (M.A., 2007). The effects of rephrasing on disputants' conflict frames.

Sicola, Mary Kay. (M.A., 2002). A Life on Death Row.

Stewart, Katherine. (Ph.D., 2008). Interactive construction of dispute narratives in mediated conflict talk.

Szmania, Susan. (Ph.D., 2004) Beginning difficult conversations : an analysis of opening statements in Victim Offender Mediation/Dialogue.

Tsutsui, Kumiko (Ph.D., 2002) Communication practices in a Japanese subsidiary in the U.S.: globalization in process.

Van Camp, Camilia. (M.A., 2006). Frame convergence during conflict mediation.