Timothy Williams, an arbitrator, educator and speaker, is a practicing dispute resolver with 41 years of experience as a mediator, ombudsperson, facilitator, fact-finder and arbitrator. During that time, he has worked to resolve more than 1,500 labor disputes, including discipline cases involving gossip. He has provided services in both public and private organizations designing and implementing dispute prevention/resolution systems.
He has taught courses in conflict management, organizational communications, negotiations, and interpersonal communications at Hamline University, the University of Minnesota, Southern Oregon State College and Portland State University. At Portland State University, he teaches courses in human resource management, labor relations, labor negotiations and contract administration for the Division of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.
Tim is an experienced keynote speaker and seminarist. He has presented more than 2,000 one- and two-day training programs on such topics as leadership, employee discipline, supervision, labor relations, performance management and other HR topics. His interest in writing about gossip evolved out of his experience resolving disputes that originated with gossip and his background studying the importance of communication in organizations.
Tim received his B.A. from Bethel College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Labor Education Research Association (LERA) and the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA).
His primary residence is in Portland, OR, and he is blessed with a large, active family and numerous friends, who keep him busy with golf, walking, skiing, travel, and other similar pursuits.