OVERVIEW

WELCOME to Faculty Relations. Under the umbrella of Academic Affairs, Faculty Relations is available to assist and guide all faculty members in their University interactions and experiences.

OUR SERVICES

Services offered by Faculty Relations focus around:

  • Conflict-Prevention
    • Faculty Relations offers conflict-prevention services to help participants develop skills that prevent conflicts before they occur.
  • Conflict Resolution
    • Faculty Relations also provides informal conflict resolution services, training, and coaching to faculty members in place of, or in addition to, formal processes and procedures while a conflict is ongoing.
    • Note: *This informal conflict resolution supplements, but does not replace, the University’s existing resources for formal conflict resolution.

Our three types of service:

  • Consultations and Coaching
    • Faculty Relations is eager to assist faculty members dealing with conflicts. If you are stuck in a dispute and could use some help, please feel free to reach out for advice and guidance. Our staff is trained in mediation and conflict resolution and we are happy to assist in whatever way we can.
  • Mediations & Facilitated Discussions
    • Serving as an impartial third-party, mediations and facilitated discussions are processes that help you try to resolve a conflict or dispute with a fellow faculty member or supervisor. The responsibility and authority for reaching an agreement remain with you and the other person. If you have any questions about your situation, please feel free to contact our office.
  • Presentations & Trainings on Conflict Resolution
    • Successful Conflict Conversations Workshop: Deans and department chairs can choose to participate in two four-hour workshops on learning about conflict resolution and successful conflict conversations. 
    • Mediation Workshop: Department chairs can choose to participate in two four-hour workshops focused on becoming a third-party neutral to address conflicts within their school/college or department.
    • Conflict Resolution General Tips and Strategies: This 45-60 minute presentation is geared for any audience featuring practical tips and strategies. 

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Confidential  - Conversations with and services provided by Faculty Relations will be kept confidential unless disclosure is required by applicable law or UVU policy. Regardless, clients will always be notified prior to any required disclosure.
  • Informal - Services will be conducted informally
  • Impartial - The role of a mediator or facilitator is to remain a third-party neutral. 

What we do:

  • Consultations
  • Educate about Process and Communication strategies
  • Coach conflict management strategies
  • Conduct mediations
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Facilitate discourse among various individuals or groups
  • Assist in interpretation of policy/procedures
  • Direct to appropriate resources
  • Conduct departmental trainings on conflict resolution

What we do not Do:

  • Provide legal advice
  • Take sides or be an advocate
  • Take official notice or be on the record
  • Deliver judgment or disciplinary action of any kind

ISSUES WE ASSIST WITH:

  • Workplace Relationships
    • Colleague conflict
    • Bullying/abuse of power
    • Scheduling conflict (course or workload)
    • Miscommunication surrounding performance/annual review
    • Cultural awareness
    • Departmental conflict
  • Management of Workplace
    • Department decision-making
    • Compensation complaints
    • Work environment
    • Academic freedome
    • Transition and change in management

ISSUES we do not ASSIST WITH:

  • Workplace Violence
  • Title IX/Title VII Complaints
  • Discrimination Complaints (UVU Policy 165)
  • Sexual misconduct and harassment complaints
  • Retaliation Complaints (UVU Policies 162 & 165)
  • Tenure or Promotion (UVU Policy 637)
  • Termination or other disciplinary action (UVU Policy 637)
  • Policy or other university violations
  • Student or employee accommodations under ADA or other applicable disability law
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  •  Workers' Coompensation

 

 

 

REQUESTS (Consultations, Mediations, Trainings)

Initiate a consultation or mediation by completing the form below, by contacting Faculty Relations at 801-863-5268, by email at facultyrelations@uvu.edu,  or by visiting us in the Browning Administration Building Room 216.

 

Note: Initial contact can be made by email, but specific details will not be given or requested over email due to the nature of email being an unsecured form of communication.

 

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