See also Faculty Research Projects.
Cathryne Schmitz, Ph.D., Department Chair
Cathryne Schmitz is a Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as the Department of Social Work at UNCG. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program and a research fellow for the Center for New North Carolinians. She has extensive experience in the fields of leadership, community building, and macro practice. Much of her scholarship focuses on organizational and community change, critical multiculturalism, privilege/oppression, leadership, interdisciplinary education and practice, global engagement, and environmental sustainability. Dr. Schmitz has numerous publications and recently co-authored a book on critical multicultural social work. She is actively engaged in global education and the evaluation of the impact of global education, research on workplace violence, and evaluation of the environment and programs at the Newcomers School.
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Tom Matyók, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies
Tom Matyók is an Associate Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG. He has been professionally involved in conflict resolution for over 35 years as a mediator, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, executive and conflict coach, dispute systems designer, researcher, and professor. He has consulted for private, civic, religious, and community organizations. Dr. Matyók has been interviewed for radio and television regarding international conflicts and national security issues. He has negotiated significant international agreements and has been recognized for his abilities by the United States Coast Guard and United States Army as well as national and international human rights organizations. He has presented and testified to industry and government officials regarding cross-cultural conflict and slavery in the transnational merchant marine. His current research interests are violence, global citizenship, missing war narratives, institutions of peace, and the academic preparation of international conflict workers.
Dr. Matyók served in the United States Army in various command and staff positions. During his twenty-three years on active military service, Tom served as an enlisted soldier, Non-Commissioned Officer, and Officer. His duty assignments included the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard) and 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, Vicenza, Italy. Tom also served in various positions with the 2nd Armored Division (Forward), Germany; and the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) including Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. While assigned to the National Training Center, Tom served with the Scorpion Infantry Training Team.
As a Visiting Research Professor at the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), Dr. Matyók is engaged in research regarding responses to the challenges of transitional policing in post-conflict environments. This research initiative connects military and civilian policing with the development of civil society. As part of PKSOI, Tom is investigating ways of merging design and conflict analysis to achieve a multi-dimensional understanding of conflict. Dr. Matyók also supports the Army War College’s teaching mission. He teaches two graduate studies classes; Religion and Violence, and Conflict Studies for Commanders: Analyzing and Assessing Violent Conflict. Dr. Matyók also teaches Analyzing and Understanding Culture, and Religion and Conflict Resolution and Management at NATO’s special training center in Germany.
Dr. Matyók is also researching the role of religion and religious actors in peacebuilding and conflict management. As part of this project, he is reviewing professional military education curricula to identify ways of developing religious literacy within the military officer corps. Dr. Matyók has a newly released edited volume, Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies (2014). Click here to read more about this important work.
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Laura K. Taylor, Ph.D.
Laura K. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG. Laura’s current research applies a risk and resilience framework, within a developmental psychopathology approach, to examine the impact of political violence on children, families, and communities in Colombia, Croatia and Northern Ireland.
She has research and operational knowledge in conflict transformation, mental health, and transitional justice with six years of field experience in rights-based empowerment in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Nepal. At Notre Dame, Laura has taught classes such as “Youth and Political Violence: Risk and Resiliences Processes” and “Latino Community Organizing against Violence.”
She has published work and upcoming publications in peer-reviewed sources such as the Journal of Peace Research, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, International Journal of Psychology, Political Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Developmental Psychology, among others.
Ali Askerov, Ph.D.
Ali Askerov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG. has been teaching in the areas of peace studies, international relations, political history, public international law, and political ideas. He received his PhD from the A. V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, the University of Manitoba. His publications include numerous articles as well as a book: Chechens from Past to Future. His research fields include ethnic conflict, peace education, theories of conflict resolution, qualitative research methods, and the history of political ideas.
Emily Janke, Ph. D.
Emily M. Janke, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department and the founding Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE). Emily’s teaching and scholarship explores multiple aspects of community engagement, including community-university relationships and partnerships, institutional culture and change strategies, and the role of reciprocity, communication and tension in win-win negotiations and collaborative relationships. As the director of ICEE (a university-wide institute) Emily leads initiatives that encourage, support, elevate, and amplify faculty, staff, student, and community colleague community-engaged teaching, learning, research, creative activity, and service in ways that promote the strategic goals of the university, address pressing issues in the Piedmont Triad and serve the public good of communities across the state, nation, and world.
Laura Reimer, Ph.D.
Laura Reimer is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG, from the University of Manitoba. Laura’s research focuses on marginalized groups and in particular, those factors that have resulted in dropping out of school. This year, she is undertaking qualitative research with three refugee groups about their resettlement experiences, hopes, and dreams, for a comparative study with Aboriginal people who have left their Reserves to live in mainstream Canada. Her teaching experience includes Political Studies, Business, Public Administration, Community Development and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University, Menno Simons College, and how UNCG. She has authored Leadership and School Boards (with the second edition now in press) and her doctoral dissertation will be published later this year with Lexington Press. She has published in several journals, including the Canadian Journal of Education and the Peace Research Journal.
Roy Baroff, J.D.
Roy Baroff is an attorney who focuses his practice on dispute resolution services. He is a North Carolina Superior Court, Family Financial and Clerk of Court Certified Mediator (certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission). He is also an arbitrator, provides dispute resolution training, teaching and external ombuds services. He serves as a mediator in a range of settings including Superior, District and Federal Court, the North Carolina Industrial Commission and in matters before the Clerk of Court. Roy has also served as mediator for the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence in conjunction with their Medicare Quality Improvement program.
Roy was originally trained as a mediator in 1982 and received his North Carolina Superior Court Mediator Certification in 1992. He completed his Family Financial mediation training in 2003 and his Clerk of Superior Court training in 2006. He joined the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitrator panel in 2002 and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) panel in 2004.
Roy is an educator. He taught first year law students Legal Method and Communication at Elon Law School (2011 – 2012), he taught Research Reasoning Writing and Advocacy at UNC Law School (2005 – 2011) and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice to graduate students in the Program on Conflict and Peace Studies at UNC Greensboro (2005 to present). He also provides mediation training and other conflict resolution skills programming. In the past he has provided leadership training for sports teams in collaboration with Team Achievement, Inc.
Roy is proactive when it comes to conflict and believes addressing conflict situations early and in a systematic manner can make businesses and organizations more productive and competitive. He provides external ombuds services to businesses and organizations seeking early conflict resolution.
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Barbara Timmons Strahl, Ph.D.
Barbara Timmons Strahl has worked in conflict resolution for more than 25 years and has a passion for restorative justice. She is currently a Senior Mediation Specialist with the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barbara has trained more than 1000 mediators in Nevada. She mediates for the NJC as well as the United States Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She mediates cases ranging from neighbor-to-neighbor to victim-to-offender and equal opportunity to large group conflicts. She has designed mediation programs for the local police department, Southern Nevada prisons, the University of Nevada, Nellis Air Force Base, and the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice. Barbara was the past chair for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and continues to serve as an elder. Barbara’s doctorate is in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She has a graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Education. She is a behavior analyst and an adjunct professor for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Nova Southeastern University, and the University of Nevada.
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Raleigh Bailey, Ph.D.
Raleigh Bailey is founding Director of the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) at UNCG and Senior Research Scientist in the Office of Research and Economic Development at UNCG. The CNNC is a resource to the state university system in immigrant outreach, research, and training. In 2003 he received the lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Refugee Program for service to refugees, and in 2008 he received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. In March of 2010 the Office of the Governor of the State of North Carolina awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
During 1993 and 1994, Raleigh administered the Casa Guadalupe Hispanic Outreach Project for Catholic Social Services in Winston-Salem. From 1989 to 1993, he lived in Southeast Asia: first in Thailand where he administered an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) refugee training program through the Department of State; and then in Cambodia where he administered a USAID funded prosthetics project for land mine victims. Prior to that, 1984-89, Raleigh served as Director of Refugee Programs for Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas. During that time he directed the initial Montagnard resettlement project in the US. The project received a White House Presidential Citation. From 1976 to 1984, Raleigh was an education and training specialist with the Head Start State Training Office at NC A & T State University. Prior to that, he taught anthropology at Guilford College. He has an undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and a theological degree from Boston University. His doctoral work at Hartford Seminary Foundation in anthropology of religion was related to the peace movement and the counterculture of the sixties. He was born in Miami, Florida, in 1943 and moved to Greensboro in 1973.
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Rebecca McGuire, Ph.D.
Rebecca S. E. McGuire currently is the Executive Director of the Southwest and Intercostals Divisions of Children’s Home Society of Florida. With over 25 years of experience in the Child Welfare arena, she has been in frontline positions and upper administrative appointments. McGuire earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Sociology, her Masters in Administration from the University of Central Michigan, and currently her Doctorate of Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University in Conflict Resolution. She spent 12 years in Hawaii working in the Child Welfare arena at the time when Hawaii began the use of Family Team Conferencing which changed the system of care in that state immensely. During this time, Rebecca also worked with the Oahu Correctional Department on a project around forgiveness and victims..
Rebecca has chaired and sat on various strategic work groups in Florida to help with system redesign for District 10’s child welfare service delivery system. As an expert witness if the areas of child abuse, McGuire has testified in over 100 civil trials and 40 criminal trials on behalf of children and families.
Additionally, Rebecca has held teaching assistantships in various courses at Nova Southeastern University in both undergraduate and graduate courses in conflict resolution.
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