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Pappas, Brian

Lecturer
Winter 2020



E-mail bpappas@umich.edu

​Brian Pappas is assistant vice president of academic Affairs at Eastern Michigan University, where he oversees collective bargaining, grievance procedures, tenure and promotion, and all other aspects of academic human resources. Professor Pappas began his academic career at Michigan State University's College of Law, where he worked for 10 years as a clinical professor of law and associate director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Professor Pappas also directed the Conflict Resolution Clinic, coached negotiation and mediation competition teams, and taught mediation, negotiation, and contract negotiation. He next worked at Boise State University as an assistant professor of public policy and administration, where he directed the conflict management department.

Professor Pappas holds JD and LLM degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Missouri, BA and MPP degrees from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in public administration from the University of Kansas. Professor Pappas is a qualified Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator under MCR 2.411 and 3.216. He also is a SCAO-approved civil and domestic relations trainer and has trained thousands of mediators in court, community, business, and government contexts.

Professor Pappas currently serves on the executive committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution and on the Board of the Mindfulness in Law Society. He previously served as a member of the State Bar of Michigan's ADR Section Council, and on the board of the National Association for Community Mediation. Professor Pappas's research interests lie at the intersection of law, dispute resolution, and public administration. He examines the tensions between formal and informal dispute processes, studying Title IX, Med-Arb, and peer mediation in prisons. His writings have been published in the International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, the Journal of Legal Education, the Denver Law Review, and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

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