NSU students, faculty presented at conflict resolution conference

NSU students, faculty presented at conflict resolution conference

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Faculty members, students, and alumni represented Nova Southeastern University’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Department of Conflict Resolution Studies at the Association for Conflict Resolution’s 2018 conference in Pittsburgh from Oct. 3-6.

The conference drew in conflict resolution practitioners from around the country who work in academia, government, and the private sector. Joshua Weiss, a faculty member at Harvard Law School, delivered a keynote address on the topic “The Power of Place: Doing Conflict Resolution Differently.”







NSU faculty involvement included Professor Neil Katz, Ph.D., who presented “The Organizational Ombuds Phenomenon – Implications for Research, Teaching and Implementation” and was joined by doctoral students Linda Kovack, Shannon Maurice, and Angelica Coronel. The presentation highlighted the results of a three-year study of ombuds in the federal government and higher education institutions. Katz discussed the tangible and intangible benefits of organizations having an ombuds, such as increased productivity, decreased costs from absenteeism and litigation, and improved morale and retention. Maurice and Coronel ran an ombuds-themed version of Jeopardy! and encouraged attendees to post on social media with the hashtag #supportombudsmanship.

Presentations by NSU doctoral students included April Coan on organizational conflict and perceptions of women in the U.S. military. Kimberly Cohane, also an Associate Director in NSU’s Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, presented on social media conflict. The presentation focused on the 2016 U.S. elections and the divisive effects created by fake political ads and posts by artificial bot accounts on Twitter.

Student Michael Kelly presented on his dissertation topic, regarding the connection of personality traits to conflict styles with the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, also known as the TKI test. Kelly proposed that organizations should focus on competency skills training rather than using conflict styles as labels for people. Student Emily Skinner’s presentation on her dissertation focused on the disconnect between the conflict resolution field and the general population. Her research will cover how people’s views of conflict impact the branding and marketing of conflict resolution.

The college also hosted a reception for NSU alumni, current students, and friends.

To watch videos about NSU student presentations at the conference, click here.

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Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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