Honors College

New UHC Colloquia Course

The Honors College is pleased to introduce Dr. Stan Leasure’s new UHC Colloquia course for the Spring 2014 semester, UHC 397-999: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration. Everyone encounters dispute and will need the skills to resolve it in a variety of situations. This course not only teaches students the theory of dispute resolution, but also has them apply these theories in role-playing scenarios.

“This class is designed to teach students how to have more productive and more peaceful lives in business by teaching them ways of resolving the inevitable business disputes they’re going to run into in the course of their careers.”

                Dr. Stan Leasure

The course focuses on three different methods for conflict resolution: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Students will focus on “principled negotiation,” in which issues are decided on merits and there is a search for mutual gains. The study of mediation will have students search for a way to guide parties to an agreement that is most beneficial for everyone. In the discussion of arbitration, students will discuss the role of arbitrator as a neutral entity that decides the resolution after hearing evidence from each party. Each method of resolution presents its own challenges, as students will learn how to apply them to a variety of situations.

Stan LeasureDr. Leasure is an Associate Professor in the Finance and General Business Department whose research and interests focus on alternative dispute resolution, eminent domain, distance learning, and study abroad. He recently received the Missouri Distance Learning Educator Award for Higher Education in 2012.

Take a look at Dr. Leasure’s interview with KSMU where he discusses his reasons for using alternative forms of dispute resolution and creating the course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=saA1A_gzI9s