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’s Board of Directors Announces New Chairman
Bosserman Center’s Board of Directors Announces New Chairman
October 20, 2022
The Board of Directors are pleased to announce our new Chairman of the Board, Dr. David Buchanan. This month, our former Chairman, Dr. Don Cathcart, resigned and the Board unanimously electe...
11th Annual United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise Americas Summit October 3-5 on the campus of Salisbury University USA
11th Annual United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise Americas Summit October 3-5 on the campus of Salisbury University USA
September 20, 2022
The UN University Regional Center of Expertise  Salisbury, housed in the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University, is hosting the 11th annual RCE Americas Summit.  Ov...
Gandhi Legacy Tour of India: December 29, 2022 – January 12, 2023
Gandhi Legacy Tour of India: December 29, 2022 – January 12, 2023
May 3, 2022
Do you want to know how to how to be "the change you wish to see in the world?" Would you be excited to walk in the steps of Gandhi and learn from his family? Have you ever wan...
Congratulations to the Bosserman Center for it’s 30th Anniversary Celebration • April 2022
Congratulations to the Bosserman Center for it’s 30th Anniversary Celebration • April 2022
April 25, 2022
Thank you to everyone for coming out and helping us celebrate our Anniversary and Arun Gandhi's 88th Birthday. Photographs from the Event The Video of the Event
Open House on April 18th…
Open House on April 18th…
April 11, 2022
When: Monday, April 18th Time: Noon on Zoom Learn how the M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution program can help you advance your career and supports you in gaining information...
Save this Date: April 20th
Save this Date: April 20th
March 28, 2022
Come celebrate our Anniversary with us... As well as Arun Gandhi's birthday. Time: 7:00pm to 9pm Where: The Guerrieri Academic Commons, 4th Floor Assembly Hall Our event is open and fre...
Open House at the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution This Week!
Open House at the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution This Week!
February 26, 2022
When • Tuesday, February 28th 2022 What time • 12 noon to 1:30pm Where • 1100 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland 21801 Learn how  the M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Prog...
Rev. Desmond Tutu | A Friend and Supporter of the Bosserman Center
Rev. Desmond Tutu | A Friend and Supporter of the Bosserman Center
December 28, 2021
Hi folks, By now I am sure some of you may have heard the news that Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, The Right Reverend Desmond Tutu passed away earlier Sunday morning at 90. S...
Arun Gandhi Lecture: How Anger is a Gift
Arun Gandhi Lecture: How Anger is a Gift
April 25, 2021
Below is the video from Arun Gandhi's Zoom lecture on how Anger is a gift from April 20th.

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