Our History

Founded by Dr. Phil Bosserman in 1992, the Center for Teaching Peace was the Center for Conflict Resolution’s precursor. It was designed to support the 1992 launch of the Peace Studies minor in Salisbury State’s Sociology Department. As the Peace Studies minor grew in popularity and the need for mediation and other conflict resolution services in the local community became apparent, the Center slowly started to grow. In 1995 under Dr. Bosserman’s continuous leadership, the Center for Teaching Peace was renamed the Center for Conflict Resolution and relocated to a large old house directly across the street from Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall.

The Center for Conflict Resolution became incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997 and experienced even more growth and success in the late 1990’s.

In 2000, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn took over as Executive Director of the Center from Dr. Bosserman and in the same year the Center started operating under its own budget separately from the University through grant and contracts. In 2001 through collaborative and joint efforts with the University, the Center was reconstructed along with the development of one of the first conflict analysis and dispute resolution majors at a public university in the United States.

In 2008, the Center had grown to a staff of eight and the Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution was created as a separate entity from the Sociology department where it was previously housed. The Department for Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution welcomed its first cohort into the newly formed Master of Arts degree program in 2009.

The Center’s reach and programs were expanded further in 2010 with 14 staff members and 12 professional affiliates making it one of the largest academic, practice, and research based centers in the United States. The Center’s work continues through major grant research, ongoing graduate and undergraduate education; and innovative and impactful training at the local, national, and international levels.

In 2012, the Center for Conflict Resolution changed its name to The Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution in recognition of our founder’s lifelong dedication towards building a more peaceful world.

 

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LECTURE EVENT: Arun Gandhi Speaking at Salisbury University
LECTURE EVENT: Arun Gandhi Speaking at Salisbury University
April 24, 2018
Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will deliver a lecture on his latest book entitled, "The Gift of Anger" on Wednesday evening at 7:00PM on May 2, 2018. Open to the Public. Mark...
NEW BOOK RELEASE: Conflict Resolution: An Introduction to Third Party Intervention
NEW BOOK RELEASE: Conflict Resolution: An Introduction to Third Party Intervention
February 22, 2018
By Salisbury University's Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Professor, Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan. This book delivers exactly what the title suggests. In one book the reader, be it...
NEW BOOK RELEASE: The Gift of Anger
NEW BOOK RELEASE: The Gift of Anger
February 22, 2018
Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi—in this poignant
NEW BOOK RELEASE: A New Pathway to World Peace
NEW BOOK RELEASE: A New Pathway to World Peace
February 22, 2018
A new book co-authored by the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn! Horrific changes are descending upon humanity, most of them man-made, all of them threaten...
Advances in International Law and Jurisprudence
Advances in International Law and Jurisprudence
February 15, 2018
A new book release by Salisbury University Professor, Dr. Thomas Boudreau and edited by the Center's Director, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn. About Advances in International Law and Jurisprudence: ...
New Research Project: The Impact of Partnering on Construction Projects in Airport Facilities
New Research Project: The Impact of Partnering on Construction Projects in Airport Facilities
January 29, 2018
The Center for Conflict Resolution is working on a National Academy of Science - Airport Cooperative Research Program contract with a team of researchers from the Construction Management Pro...
Snow Hill High School Begins Another Year with Peer Mediation
Snow Hill High School Begins Another Year with Peer Mediation
October 10, 2017
The Bosserman Center begins training peer mediators at Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill, Maryland. Trainers Alexandra Ginta-Martin, Brittany Kesteven, and Abigail Hastings along with Dr. B...
Bosserman Center is now on Facebook!
Bosserman Center is now on Facebook!
April 17, 2017
Yes, the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution now has a presence on Facebook. Please like us and follow us on our Facebook page! We can always use more fans interested in the work we do ...
IRINA BOKOVA Lecture at SU
IRINA BOKOVA Lecture at SU
March 31, 2017
SU honors Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with its President’s Medal for leadership and service Thursday, Apr

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