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Memoir

Helen Weingarten
Regents' Proceedings 179

Helen R. Weingarten, Ph.D., associate professor of social work in the School of Social Work, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 2000.

Professor Weingarten earned her B.S. degree in human ecology from Cornell University in 1966, her M.S.W. degree at the University of Missouri in 1969, and her Ph.D. degree in social psychology/social work at the University of Michigan in 1981. She joined the School of Social Work faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1987.

Her research focused on conflict management and positive life events that lead to transformation. In 1988 and 1989, she was a visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she taught "Marital Conflict and Negotiation." From 1989-91, she directed the Interdisciplinary Program in Conflict Management Alternatives (PCMA) through the Center for Research on Social Organization in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She was co-director of PCMA from 1986-89.

Professor Weingarten was widely sought for her expertise in the area of conflict resolution. A paper she wrote applying an interpersonal model of conflict resolution that she had co-developed to international conflict was selected by the dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts as one of only three papers delivered to the Dalai Lama in private session when he visited the University in 1994. Her work on divorce among the elderly was not only published in scholarly journals, but was also covered by "20/20" and CNN.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Helen R. Weingarten associate professor emerita of social work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Helen Weingarten earned a B.S. degree in human ecology from Cornell University, an M.S.W. degree from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in social psychology and social work from the University of Michigan.

She joined the faculty as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1987. Weingarten's research focused on conflict management. In the 1988-89 academic year, she was a visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

From 1989 to 1991 she directed the Interdisciplinary Program in Conflict Management Alternatives through the Center of Research on Social Organization in the College of LS&A. She was a founding member of Fairteach (Faculty and Staff Against Racism). She served as a faculty mentor with athletes associated with the Michigan Athletic Department.

Her publications included work on divorce among the elderly and interpersonal models of conflict resolution. She delivered a paper to the Dalai Lama at the University of Michigan in 1994. In 2000 the regents named Weingarten associate professor emerita of social work.