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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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
Reverend Desmond Tutu with a Special Message…
Reverend Desmond Tutu with a Special Message…
October 14, 2016
  Reverend Desmond Tutu send a video message to his daughter, Reverend Mpho A. Tutu when she spoke to our students at Salisbury University for our Lecture Series on February 15, 2011...
His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta to Speak in September 2016
His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta to Speak in September 2016
September 16, 2016
Speaker: His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta Former Prime Minister and President of Timor-Leste Co-Recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize United Nations' Special Representative and...
Graduation Spring 2016
Graduation Spring 2016
August 14, 2016
On May 18, 2016, some 201 students received their master’s degrees from Salisbury University as part of the largest class in its 90-year history. Among them were our Conflict Analysis and Di
Dr. Toran Hansen: Recent Accomplishments
Dr. Toran Hansen: Recent Accomplishments
July 29, 2016
Dr. Hansen is a dynamic practitioner and scholar in the twin fields of conflict resolution and peace studies. He has been a very active conflict resolution practitioner, particularly wit...
Gandhi Speeches on YouTube
Gandhi Speeches on YouTube
July 21, 2016
With Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi, being such a huge integral part of our program, here we're featuring a speech given by his grandfather on YouTube.

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