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Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.
Conflict Resolution Practices for Addressing Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Highed Ed
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Adult Education, UTK

Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Adult Learning (Ph.D.) and Adult Education (MS) programs in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Misawa received his Ph.D. in Adult Education with an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate from the University of Georgia. He also received his M.Ed. in Adult Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and his B.A. in Economics (International Business and Trade) from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Misawa’s major areas of research encompass social justice oriented research including the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexual orientation, academic and workplace bullying, policy and leadership studies, program evaluation, human resource and organizational development, and social sciences research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods). His scholarship has been published in and recognized by national and international scholarly communities.

Conflict Resolution Practices for Addressing Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Higher Education

 Each person has various sociocultural and socioeconomic positions in society. When people come together in a context like higher education, they bring their own positionality into that context. When power is unevenly, in drastic proportions, distributed among populations, bullying, incivility, and violence occur. In contemporary higher education, bullying, incivility, and violence occur frequently due to the increasing number of diverse populations compared with the traditional higher educational context where only certain populations enjoyed the educational and contextual privileges. Although higher educational contexts are becoming rapidly and increasingly diverse, populations in higher education such as faculty, staff, and administrators are not equipped with the means and strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate conflicts based on bullying, incivility, and violence among higher education populations. Bullying, incivility, and violence are serious critical contemporary issues in higher education, and these malbehaviors should be managed and resolved through appropriate methods and strategies. Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to provide some strategies for faculty, staff, and administrators to be able to manage and resolve conflicts among higher education populations.