From October, 2006 to April of 2014, Tim Hicks was the Director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Masters Program at the University of Oregon. Tim was a mediator in private practice for 14 years prior to becoming the first director of the Masters degree program. Prior to his mediation career, he and his wife started and managed two successful businesses, one that grew to 150+ employees. As a mediator, Tim has worked in three primary sectors – family and divorce, workplace/organizational, and multi-party, environmental/public policy consensus-building. He has consulted with and provided training for businesses and organizations improving their conflict management systems. He is the co-author the book “The Process of Business/Environmental Collaborations: Partnering for Sustainability” and author of the article “Another Look At Identity-Based Conflict: The Roots of Conflict in the Psychology of Consciousness” (Negotiation Journal, Vol. 17, #1, January 2001). He is currently working on a paper exploring the causes of conflict and the difficulties in resolving conflicts as they are based in the physical reality of our embodied consciousness.