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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Noah Cline: Senior Research Fellow on Fulbright to Taiwan
Noah Cline: Senior Research Fellow on Fulbright to Taiwan
December 9, 2019
Right after graduation Noah, a Senior Research Fellow with the center, headed out for military training.  He managed to make it back to SU for a week in July and then departed for Taiwa...
Abiodun Adeoye: In Tanzania on a Boren Scholarship
Abiodun Adeoye: In Tanzania on a Boren Scholarship
December 8, 2019
Abey was the first undergraduate to receive the center’s UNITAR Fellow as well as a recipient of the Bosserman UNESCO Fellowship.  He is in Tanzania on a Boren Scholarship studying Swahili a
Nathanial Samson will Return to the US Holocaust Memorial and Museum in 2020
Nathanial Samson will Return to the US Holocaust Memorial and Museum in 2020
December 8, 2019
Over the last two semesters Nate has experienced some trouble making it to class but not because he is cutting and heading to the beach.  Far from it – literally.  Nate is spending most of h
Brian Anderson – Going to Paris on the Bosserman UNESCO Fellowship
Brian Anderson – Going to Paris on the Bosserman UNESCO Fellowship
December 7, 2019
Brian is in his second year of the Masters of Art in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (MACADR) program and is a mentor in the center.  In January Brian will go to Paris on the Bosser
Falasca First to be Awarded the Center’s UNITAR Fellowship
Falasca First to be Awarded the Center’s UNITAR Fellowship
December 7, 2019
Francesca is from Rome Italy and is the center’s Graduate Assistant and is involved in the provision of services as well as teaching, workshop and training events.  The center is affiliated
CADR Alum, Foutz Accepts Faculty Position at SU
CADR Alum, Foutz Accepts Faculty Position at SU
December 6, 2019
On May 31, 2019, Bosserman Center Research Fellow Brittany Foutz successfully defended her dissertation on “Victim Satisfaction with Reparations from the International Criminal Court: An Exa
Dr. S.I. Keethaponcaian (Dr. Keetha) Explores Post-War Dynamics of Sri Lanka
Dr. S.I. Keethaponcaian (Dr. Keetha) Explores Post-War Dynamics of Sri Lanka
December 6, 2019
Dr. Keetha launched his newest book that explores the post-war dynamics in his home country of Sri Lanka.  It is packed with incredible insight that only a top rated scholar and someone who
Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Open House
Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Open House
October 7, 2019
Thursday, October 10th 1:00pm - 2:30pm Location: The Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution This event is for anyone interested in Salisbury University's Master's Degree in Conflict Ana...
Welcome Back!
Welcome Back!
August 24, 2019
Welcome back for the 2019/2020 Academic Year! This year we have many plans and happenings, so keep your eyes on this page for updates at the Bosserman Center. Hope you settle in and ge...

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