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Advisory Council

     UND First Lady Marcia Kelley

   UND's First Lady  

Marcia Kelley

Marcia Kelley has been the University of North Dakota's first lady since July 1, 2008.

      She spent her childhood in northern Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado, and received her B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Science from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado. She earned a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of New Mexico.

      Marcia has been a classroom teacher, a speech-language pathologist, and a member of the faculty at the University of Wyoming where she was a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor of Clinical Services in Speech-Language Pathology. She held this position from 1999 to 2008. Marcia's primary clinical and academic interests include preschool-age communication, autism, stuttering, literacy, and voice disorders.

Other areas of service:

      Marcia serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Violence Intervention Center of Grand Forks.Marcia has served on the Healthy UND 2020 steering committee and currently serves on the Healthy UND 2020 Priority Action Group for Alcohol and Other Drugs.Marcia is Chair Elect of the Executive Committee of the Council of Presidents' and Chancellors' Spouses/Partners of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU).Marcia served on the executive board of the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association for 6 years.While living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and raising her children, she worked as a volunteer alpine ski patroller, a Girl Scout leader, a youth soccer coach, and a youth catechist.

Marcia and her husband, Bob Kelley, have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

  Dr. Patrick Carr

Dr. Patrick Carr

School of Medicine & Health Sciences
501 North Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037



      Dr. Patrick Carr is a faculty member of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at UND. He also serves the School as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and as Director of Basic Sciences in the first year of the medical curriculum.

      Originally from Canada, Dr. Carr was educated at Brandon University and the University of Manitoba. Before arriving at UND in 1998, he lived in Washington, D.C. and Dayton, OH. Dr. Carr's interests in issues surrounding humanism and professional development in medical education fit dovetail nicely with the principles of the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies.

 Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower  

Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower

Department of English
Merrifield Hall Room 110
276 Centennial Drive Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202




       Rebecca Weaver-Hightower is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in postcolonial studies. Just released was her book Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals and Fantasies of Conquest (Minnesota 2007), an analysis of how island castaway tales presented fantasies that made the expansion of empire more palatable. Her current work, Sorry Deeds, Guilty Dreams: Writing, Remorse and Reparation in the Post-Settler Colony, is a comparative project analyzing Australian, South African, Canadian and U.S. settler literatures for how certain stories helped those cultures to process the guilt from the displacement and oppression of indigenous peoples during colonial settlement.

      Weaver-Hightower has published on Caribbean, Irish, Australian, African, British and other postcolonial literatures, and she is the Book Reviews editor of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. She is excited about the opportunities the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies offers for collaborative work and for bringing the University of North Dakota's attention and resources to fight for global social justice.

      Kristine Paranica, JD 

Kristine Paranica, JD

314 Cambridge St Stop 8009
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8009
Phone (701) 777-3664


       KRISTINE PARANICA, JD, has been the Director of the Conflict Resolution Center at the University of North Dakota since 1999 and has been providing training and education in transformative mediation, conflict management, and other processes for over 12 years. She is nationally recognized as a Certified Transformative Mediator™.

Kristine has served as Adjunct Professor of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the UND School of Law since 1999. She developed online courses in Leadership and Conflict Resolution through the UND Medical School and Mayo Clinic (CLS 508) and has taught that class several years; a course in Conflict Resolution: Basics of Conflict Management through UND's Continuing Education program; and a newly developed academic Certificate in Conflict Transformation at UND.

        As a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, she served on the Management Team and as Director of Administration for the ISCT from 2005-2008. Locally, Kristine serves on North Dakota's Joint Committee on ADR, chairing the Subcommittee on Family Mediation. She recently penned the protocol and rule for the statewide family mediation pilot project, as well as the ethics code. She also serves on the UND Council on Campus Climate and the President's Advisory Council on Women.

        She has been published in the North Dakota Law Review, with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, at Mediate.Com, and has authored a chapter "Transformative Mediation: A Sourcebook" published in 2010 by the Institute and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She has presented several times at the International Conferences of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR); the Workplace Mediation Symposium in Houston; keynote speaker at the 2004 Conference of the Family Mediators Canada in Toronto; the First National Conference on Transformative Mediation in Philadelphia; the International Conference on Transformative Mediation: Purpose Drives Practice in St. Paul, 2006; and the 3rd in Santa Barbara in 2008. She was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Conference of Conflict Resolution Minnesota. She was a tri-chair of ACR's International Conference in San Diego in 2011 where she also presented. She has presented many times at human resources conferences, and other statewide and regional conferences in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Canada.

      Brian Urlacher

Dr. Brian Urlacher, PhD

Department of Political Science Office: Gamble Hall 265 F
Phone: 777-3541



       Brian Urlacher is an Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2007 and also earned a M.P.A. from the University of South Dakota. He worked briefly with the NGO Transparency International and then with the GlobalEd research project, based out of the University of Connecticut. He came to the University of North Dakota in 2007 and teaches courses in international relations and research methods. His research agenda explores cooperation under difficult circumstances, and he has published on topics as diverse as conflict resolution in civil wars, negotiation analysis, and public goods provision.