Oregon Law welcomes new director of Conflict and Dispute Resolution master’s degree program

Jul 12, 2016

The University of Oregon School of Law welcomes the new program director for the Conflict and Dispute Resolution master's degree program, John Inglish.

Michael Moffitt, dean of the School of Law expressed that, “John combines the kind of professional experience and enduring curiosity that make his addition to our world-class university a wonderful fit. He has spent time in the world of practice, helping to improve people’s lives through the wise application of conflict resolution skills. And he is poised to provide mentorship and leadership to our students as they launch their research and careers. We are excited to have him join us.”

John Inglish, conflict and dispute resolution program directorAs the lead administrator of this interdisciplinary master’s degree program at Oregon Law, Inglish will be responsible for the growth and management of the program. This includes recruitment and admissions, student experience, alumni and career services, community outreach, and conferences and activities that serve Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation. 

“Conflict resolution is a critical field that touches virtually every discipline, industry, and profession, which is what makes leading this program at a top research institution so exciting,” said Inglish. “There are abundant opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration both within the university and with the larger community, and I'm humbled and excited to take part in this important work." 

From 2011-2014, Inglish directed Technical Assistance and Consulting Services, an outreach unit housed in the University of Oregon’s College of Education. Following that, he served as the Mediation Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Education, where he trained mediators and helped to manage the dispute resolution process for all 197 school districts in Oregon. Inglish also led “Engaging Challenging Conversations,” an agency initiative to build local capacity for dispute resolution statewide. 

“John’s unique background aligns very well to the dynamic position he is assuming with the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program,” said Jennifer Espinola, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. “I believe we have great things to look forward to because of the leadership John is bringing to our school.”

Inglish is also a researcher in the area of conflict and dispute resolution. As part of a partnership with the Center for Dialogue and Resolution, Lane County's community dispute resolution center, Inglish has worked together with Professor Erik Girvan, faculty director of the conflict and dispute resolution program at the School of Law, and Professors Claudia Vincent, Heather McClure, and Jeff Sprague of the College of Education to develop a model for school-wide positive restorative discipline for Oregon’s schools. The project seeks to provide educators with alternatives to exclusionary discipline, (i.e., suspension, expulsion), by strengthening relationships with students and increasing conflict resolution skills for both students and staff. Initial support for this research came from seed money from the UO’s Office of Research under the Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives grant.  The team is currently seeking additional external funding to expand the scope and reach of the project.

“Over the past year, we have provided trainings, coaching, and consultation to Fern Ridge Middle School as a pilot program. We've also had several conflict and dispute resolution graduate students involved in the project, with a likely need for more in the future,” Inglish said of the project.

Inglish began his career as an occupational therapist working for rehabilitation centers and various school districts.  He holds both a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and psychology from National University, and an associate’s degree in occupational therapy from Salt Lake City Community College.

Inglish lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife Laurie, sons Cameron (18) and Gavin (9), and golden retriever Sara (7). When not resolving conflict, he enjoys coaching youth soccer and basketball and playing music.  An avid guitarist, keyboardist, and singer, you can often find him at one of the local blues jams, (Macs on Tuesdays, Happy Hours on Wednesdays), or playing around town with his new band, IMPULSE.