Dr. Linda L. Putnam will receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) at the association’s annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 3-6, 2011. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a scholar whose life’s work has spanned decades and made outstanding contributions to the scholarship of conflict management and resolution. The nominee should be widely regarded as a leading figure in the broadly-defined field of conflict management. Dr. Putnam joins a list of distinguished scholars who have been similarly recognized, including ones from the fields of psychology, management, economics, and political science.
The International Association for Conflict Management (an association of about 1200 conflict researchers from all over the world) was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that aids in understanding and improving conflict management. IACM members focus on a range of topics including environmental conflict, crisis negotiations, political conflict and cross-cultural conflict, as well as formal and informal third party intervention, including mediation and arbitration.
Dr. Putnam is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to this appointment, she was a Regent’s Professor and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor at Texas A&M University After receiving her PhD in 1977 from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Putnam taught at Purdue University for 16 years. She is the author or co-author of over 150 articles, book chapters, and books, including Communication and Negotiation (1992), published by SAGE Publications. She is known for her work on negotiation and conflict management in organizations, especially labor-management conflicts, environmental conflicts, and intractable disputes. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, and has formed the basis of congressional briefings and presentations to federal and state agencies. She is a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, and a recipient of the ICA Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award.
In receiving this prestigious award, Dr. Putnam brings credit to the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara and to the community of Santa Barbara.