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Two New Professors Join Werner Institute’s Cutting-Edge Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution

Two New Professors Join Werner Institute’s Cutting-Edge Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution

Renowned conflict resolution specialist Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., and Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, a lawyer, health care administrator and leader in mediation and dispute resolution in Puerto Rico, have accepted appointments with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution interdisciplinary graduate program at Creighton University's School of Law.

Mayer, who joins the Institute as a resident professor of conflict resolution, is an icon in the world of conflict resolution and was originally trained as a psychotherapist. With more than 25 years of experience in the field, he was a founding partner at CDR Associates, the internationally recognized mediation and conflict resolution organization. He has worked across the globe as a mediator, facilitator, teacher, trainer, dispute systems designer and program administrator.

A scholar as well as a leading practitioner in the field, Mayer is the author of many works, including the book Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution, and has taught courses for Harvard, University of Missouri, University of Colorado, Antioch University, the Budapest College of Economics, University of Warsaw and Colorado State University, among others. He earned his Ph.D. in social work with an emphasis on conflict resolution.

Mayer joins Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, a lawyer, health care administrator and leader in mediation and dispute resolution in Puerto Rico, who has just joined the Institute as associate director and assistant professor.

She has done substantial work in the field of conflict resolution and is a certified and highly accomplished mediator in Puerto Rico. Font-Guzmán has been very involved in the training of third-party neutrals and co-founded and developed Conflict Resolution Center, Inc., a certified provider of mediation and training services in Puerto Rico. She has actively participated in the field of conflict resolution through national and international conferences and workshops, and has conducted a wide variety of trainings and seminars in the field, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The most richly endowed program of its kind in the country, the Werner Institute was established in 2005 through a generous gift from the C.L. Werner family. Professor Arthur Pearlstein is director of the Institute, and Debra Gerardi chairs the Institute's program on healthcare collaboration and conflict resolution. For more information, call (402) 280-3852 or visit http://www.creighton.edu/werner.

Posted: 3/23/06