Research Assistant Professor of PlanningB.S., Oregon State University; M.Sc., University of Auckland, New Zealand; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyProfessor Rumore’s work and research focus on supporting collaborative decision-making and stakeholder engagement in the context of science-intensive environmental, natural resources, and public policy issues. She is the Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner Center, and a faculty member in both the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the City and Metropolitan Planning Department. Prior to joining the University of Utah, she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She teaches courses on negotiation, dispute resolution, collaborative problem solving, facilitation, and leadership.
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Nedra’s favorite work is serving as a bridge and connector between what people are willing and ready to do on their own, and what they can effectively commit to when they have the support of collaborative learning opportunities or other tailored processes that fit the unique needs at hand.
As associate director, and as professional coach and facili-trainer, she is applying principles of adult development, neurobiology, Liberating Structures, and group facilitation to prevent conflict at the source and support adult leaders in their quests. She assists government leaders and teams as developmental partners to one another while they move through inevitable conflict and find ways they want to shift their practices in order to be better, together. Government, industry & nonprofit parties benefit through purposeful and lively learning partnerships designed by the EDR Program.
“Nurturing cultures of collaboration has been the core of our purpose at the EDR Program since we were founded in 2012. I am proud to be part of this quest. I serve as a teacher and development partner/coach to our annual 7-month course participants and graduates, and for innovative government leaders and teams – especially for Department of Interior folks, and also in higher ed and state government.”
Over the last 3 decades, Chandler served as an impartial facilitator or mediator for more than 300 intergovernmental environmental conflicts in the western US and nationally. She has worked on issues related to tribal, federal and state land management, oil and gas, water issues of all kinds, fisheries, Superfund cleanup, possible dam removal, winter use in Yellowstone National Park, wildlife management, various facilitative work in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, tribal-federal pesticides regulation, and many health policy issues.
She has a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Montana. She is on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s National Roster of Conflict Resolution Professionals and Native Network. As an International Coach Federation-credentialed coach, she is a mentor coach for fellow professionals.
Chandler served as a Senior Associate at Triangle Associates from 1990-97 and again from 2013-19. She also served as a court-connected mediator in King County District Court for small claims disputes. Chandler was the principal mediator and professional conflict coach for Cadence Inc. from 2002-2019. Past state government roles include her 7 years at the Montana Consensus Council (a state office of dispute resolution) connected to the Governor’s Office, and then the Department of Administration — she served there as mediator and then co-director until 2004. Chandler mediated discrimination claims for the Montana Department of Labor’s Human Rights Bureau from 2004-2009.
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Founding Director (Retired)
Michele Straube was a practicing lawyer for more than 15 years, representing private and public sector clients. She has extensive experience with administrative agencies in their regulatory and enforcement functions. For the past 20 years, she has focused exclusively on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, facilitation, training, and collaborative problem-solving. Before coming full-time to the law school, Straube maintained a private mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes and offered conflict management training. In addition to being on several national rosters for environmental third-party neutrals, she conducted mediations for the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS program, and was a long-term-care ombudsman for Salt Lake County. From January 2008 to August 2010, Straube directed Salt Lake Solutions, SLC Mayor Ralph Becker's collaborative government initiative. Salt Lake Solutions projects model collaboration by engaging all segments of the community to address difficult public problems.
As an adjunct professor, Straube designed and taught Environmental Conflict Resolution, as well as Conflict Management, a course designed to introduce students to the broad range of conflict prevention, management and resolution options available in addition to litigation. Both courses are now offered spring semester in alternating years. She has also taught Conflict Management and Public Policy Collaboration as an Adjunct for the Masters of Public Administration Program.
Straube joined the law school faculty in February 2012 as Director of the Wallace Stegner Center's Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP). The program promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts. Focusing initially on environmental and natural resource conflicts in Utah, EDRP is building capacity for expanded and improved collaboration and mediation, while also documenting and shedding new light on the extensive collaboration efforts already occurring in Utah and the Mountain West.
The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program is hiring a full-time or part-time Program Manager to oversee program administration and lead our outreach and communication efforts. The EDR Program exists to cultivate a culture of collaboration, particularly around environment and natural resource issues in the Intermountain West. We do so through teaching and training, coaching, collaboration assistance and advising, public education, and thought leadership. The program is based in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. To learn more about the EDR Program, see our website.