Wednesday, September 26, 2007 (last Aslan event of the year)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., University Club at ASU Tempe Campus
Professor Douglas Kelley
The buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program will from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $10 per person, while the program is free. All university faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend this luncheon.
Douglas Kelley received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Arizona. He spent five years at Seattle Pacific University before moving to the West Campus of Arizona State University. Professor Kelley teaches relationship-based courses such as Family Communication, Conflict and Negotiation, Relational Communication, and Inner-City Families. He studies interpersonal communication processes, focusing on marital communication, including how couples negotiate privacy and relational expectations. His 1998 study on The Communication of Forgiveness launched a decade of work with his colleague, Vince Waldron, on various forgiveness processes. Dr. Kelley considers teaching a primary focus. He has been nominated for various teaching awards and takes great pride in the creation of a service-learning course in which students work with children and youth in inner-city contexts. He also puts in numerous hours each week as faculty advisor to the college Young Life club. He has served on the editorial boards of journals including The Journal of Family Communication. Doug loves to spend time with his wife, Ann, and sons, Jonathan and Daniel. He enjoys kayaking and swimming, and running with his beagle/lab, Allen.
Communicating Forgiveness provides a synthesis of the literature on forgiveness in relationships, with special emphasis on the central but understudied role of interpersonal communication. Authors Vincent Waldron and Douglas Kelley define forgiveness as a communication process which allows partners to confront relational wrongdoing, manage intense emotional responses, forgo legitimate claims to revenge, and potentially repair the relationship. They see forgiveness as a positive, hopeful alternative to estrangement, bitterness and retribution. By focusing on communication behaviors and offering research-based guidance on effective forgiveness practices, the authors present an alternative to the prevailing psychological frameworks. Communicating Forgiveness offers new insights to anyone interested in the dynamics of personal and work relationships, conflict management, relational justice, family functioning, and related topics.