Craig Barton

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Ph.D. Management

Over the past 52 years in the work place, first as an engineering professional (retired), then as faculty in higher education (active), and more recently as a civil court case volunteer mediator (active), I have been guided by the following self-reflective questions. As a Registered Professional Engineer (1973 - 2015): “How can I best apply my skill at conceptual thinking, scientific inquiry, and collaborative mind-sets to help transform and resolve complex challenges (technical problems) so others can more easily learn the technology and enhance their performance?” And: "How might I best contribute to the quality and safety of design and construction of facilities that enhance the performance of others in the marketplace?" As faculty in Higher Education (1997 to date): “How can I best help others (adult students) "learn to learn" at an accelerated level?” And: "How might I collaborate with my academic peers in providing improved quality and value in higher education?" As volunteer trained practitioner in (non-criminal court case) mediation (2010 to date): "How might I remain neutral in the presence of drama and upset in such a manner that brings peace into the room and allows others to see new possibility for dispute resolution?" And: "How might I collaborate with mediator peers as we strive to advance the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)?" These questions guide how I strive to show up as contribution and service to others. Please feel most welcome to contact me to begin a conversation for possibility and to explore how we might move your projects forward? What is your focus and engagement for positive social change?

Courses Taught

MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation

RESI 8404 - Doctoral Residency

MGMT 8100 - Dissertation Mentoring

MGMT 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation Completion

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

RSCH 8351 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis


PhD, Wayne State University: Graduate School

MS, Central Michigan University: School of Business - Extension

BS, Wayne State University: College of Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Wayne State University

Public Service

Community Mediation Services, Board of Directors - Gaylord

"From Decisions to Actions" Intervention Program, Volunteer - Iosco County

Challenge Day , Volunteer - East Tawas

Planning Commission, Member - East Tawas

Unity of Royal Oak, Board of Directors - Royal Oak

Unity of the Lakes, Board of Directors - West Branch

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Volunteer Organization: Community Dispute Resolution, , 2014


Zadeh, S. E., Haussmann, R. E., Barton, C. D. (2018). Health care risk managers’ consensus on the management of inappropriate behaviors among hospital staff. Journal of Healthcare Risk Management

Lanham, S. W., Barton, C. D. (2015). Risk-based capital analysis in punitive damages litigation. Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting

Kazeroony, H. H., Barton, C. D. (2018). The Development of Moral Character in Business Students. .


Barton, C. D. (2010). Strategic planning two day workshop for Michigan Department of Education literacy community. Michigan Department of Education