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Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2002

SPEA professor honored for work in dispute resolution

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Lisa B. Bingham, associate professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named the 2002 recipient of the Willoughby Abner Award of the Association for Conflict Resolution.

The honor is given in recognition of Bingham's contribution to knowledge about labor and employment dispute resolution in the public sector. She will receive the award at the association's annual conference in San Diego in August.

The Abner Award recognizes individual and organizational work in public sector dispute resolution and is named to honor Abner, the former director of the National Center for Dispute Settlement of the American Arbitration Association.

The Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service in SPEA, Bingham serves as the director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute, which she founded in 1997. The institute, supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, conducts applied research and program evaluation on mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. She is director of the National REDRESS Evaluation Project for the United States Postal Service, a research project on transformative mediation of employment discrimination disputes.

Bingham has served as a consultant on evaluating conflict resolution systems for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Air Force, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. She is a member of the labor arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Bingham has won three IU teaching awards and four peer-reviewed awards for her research. Her work appears in the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Industrial Relations, McGeorge Law Review, Labor Law Journal, Arbitration Journal, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and International Journal of Conflict Management.

A graduate of Smith College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Bingham practiced labor and employment law for 10 years before joining IU's faculty in 1989 as a lecturer at the School of Law. In 1992, she joined the faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.