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Dr  Lavena Wilkin Dean Phd Programs Graduate School College Of Business

LaVena Wilkin, Ph.D.


Sullivan University (MBA)

Nova Southeastern University (Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution)

Fields of Interest:

Conflict management, workplace bullying, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, forgiveness

Dr. LaVena Wilkin is the Director of the Ph.D. and Graduate Management programs at Sullivan University, a position she has held since June 2013. Before joining Sullivan University, she spent twenty-six years in the construction industry, and three of those years she co-owned a commercial masonry sub-contracting company. After selling the construction company in 2001, she came to work full-time at Sullivan serving as the Associate Director of the Evening and Weekend Division. She was also the Dean of the College of Business for Sullivan University for three years and the Dean of Conflict Management programs for five years. 

Dr. Wilkin has facilitated workshops on conflict styles, workplace bullying, forgiveness, emotional intelligence, organizational conflict, conflict and change, employee engagement, dealing with difficult people, and the P.E.A.C.E. © Model of Conflict Management. She is also co-editor of a book entitled Organizational Conflicts: Challenges and Solutions. She contributed a chapter in the book, The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice. Her co-edited book, From Discord to Harmony: Making Your Workplace Hum, was published in March 2020. Finally, she is the Editor for the Journal of Conflict Management, a scholarly journal that publishes research in many of the multidisciplinary areas of managing conflicts. 

Dr. Wilkin served three years as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Unity of East Louisville and three years as the Board’s Vice-President. Additionally, she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Prevention and Aggression Among Adolescence (SPAVA).

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