Mary Lee Brock
Mary Lee Brock

Mary Lee Brock

Assistant Professor
Graduate School

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Advanced Facilitation
  • Conflict Engagement and Negotiation
  • Facilitation and Group Processes
  • Mediation Residency
  • Practicum

Biography

My teaching philosophy is grounded in Ignatian pedagogy which is informed by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and ties beautifully with the study of conflict engagement. First a context is explored and established. In the experience aspect of Ignatian pedagogy I work to help the student apply their knowledge and wisdom to experiential learning. The core of Ignatian pedagogy is reflection during which I support my students as they take a deeper look at the course concepts and experiences. Action is where an Ignatian and conflict engagement education truly comes together as we collectively have an obligation to bring the knowledge in our field to action in service to others. And finally ongoing evaluation occurs through the dialogues I have with our students which are based in mutual respect and trust.
Accomplishments
Lead Trainer of Mediation and Facilitation Skills Curriculum, Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution Trainer and practitioner in:
- Family Group Conferencing
- Family Mediation
- Restorative Justice
- Special Education Mediation
- Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Victim Offender Mediation
Graduate, Leadership Omaha
President of Board of Directors of Nebraska Mediation Association; Former Chair and Member Board of Directors, the Non-profit Association of the Midlands Former Trustee, St. Johns Parish at Creighton University
Before the Werner Institute
Founding Executive Director, Concord Center, a private nonprofit conflict resolution center offering mediation and facilitation services, as well as conflict management trainings to the Omaha community. Developed dispute resolution programs based on community needs, best practices and effective use of resources. Collaborated with the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department, the judicial system, educational institutions, human services organizations, the Omaha Neighborhood Center, Creighton University Legal Clinic, Legal Aid and other community groups and organizations. Advocate for conflict resolution systems in the local and state governments and at public forums Engaged in assessment, process design and facilitation of numerous public projects, including:
- Former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns’ Children’s Task Force - Omaha Public Schools Links to Success - National Park Service Corp of Discovery
Service to Creighton University:
- Adult Learning Council member, appointed by Provost
- Partners in Mission, appointed by Deans of Law and Graduate Schools
- Reinert Library Advisory Board
- Faculty Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, Coordinator 2012-present
- Lieben Center Advisory Board member
- Contributor to On-Line Ministries Daily Reflection
- Search Committee member for Vice Provost for Mission and Ministry 2013-14
- Interim Assistant Director in Strategic Planning

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Creighton University
  • MEd, Counseling, South Dakota State University

Certifications

Honorary Inductee Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society