The goal of the CUNY Faculty Mediation Training (FMT) and the Faculty Facilitation Training (FFT) workshops is to train interested CUNY faculty in mediation and facilitation techniques in order to manage conflicts that occur in the classroom, effectively manage classroom discussions, and create a more positive, supportive environment for teaching and learning. Over the last three years, the CUNY Faculty Development Program has awarded the CUNY DRC six grants totaling nearly $23,000 in support of the CUNY FMT and FFT. Funds were used to train six separate groups of CUNY faculty during the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 academic years. Since 1996, over 180 participants from each of the twenty CUNY campuses were taught effective conflict resolution and problem solving skills to help enhance the classroom learning environment.
Lela Porter Love, Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and J. Michael Keating, Jr., Director, Mediation Services, Mediation Consultants, Inc. served as the presenters during the interactive one-day workshops for the FMT. Professor Love co-presented the Fall 1998 FFT with James Kornbluh, Mediation Coordinator, Center for Court Innovation and the Spring 1999 FFT with Joseph B. Stulberg, Professor, Ohio State University College of Law. Each presenter is nationally renowned in the field of dispute resolution training, and the workshops focus on basic mediation skills, facilitation skills, principles, and techniques. All the workshops are held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While there will not be faculty mediation or facilitation training for the 1999-2000 academic year, we are hopeful that training sessions will be made available in the near future. For more information contact the CUNY DRC at (212) 237-8692.