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Call for Proposals The Eighth Annual Graduate Education Symposium, Advances and Challenges in Professional Skills Training for Peace and Conflict Resolution Programs, DC

Call for Proposals

The Eighth Annual Graduate Education Symposium

October 27, 2018

Advances and Challenges in Professional Skills Training

for Peace and Conflict Resolution Programs

The graduate education symposium provides a forum for educators, administrators, practitioners, staff and students of Master’s and Doctoral programs in peace studies, peacebuilding, and conflict analysis and resolution to discuss how academic programs are training the next generation of scholar-practitioners, to share curricular, skills building and administrative innovations, and to foster collaborative interaction and learning among programs. This year’s symposium follows on seven previous annual meetings on various topics that have gathered an increasing number of graduate programs engaged in a combination of domestic and international conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities.

The theme for this year’s symposium emphasizes the importance of professional skills training in the preparation of graduates, and the sessions will be designed to showcase developments, such as combining internet-based information provision followed by face-to-face training sessions, and to discuss issues, such as the need to include skills in conflict resolution service (e.g., mediation, facilitation) alongside skills that support advocacy in the pursuit of social justice (e.g., nonviolent action, advocacy). With the increasing need for different types of professional skills, given that we are called on to engage with various sectors such as private business, law enforcement, and community, the importance for diversifying and expanding our skills-based training has grown.


We encourage proposals from trainers, educators and administrators of peace and conflict programs, willing to share their experiences, particularly on but not limited to the following symposium sub-themes:


  • Innovations in teaching conflict resolution skills (example: online or blended training, field-based, hybrid courses)
  • Learning through the practice of conflict resolution (example: field-based courses, practicums)
  • The challenges in teaching conflict resolution skills for social justice and racial conflict
  • The challenges in teaching conflict resolution service skills to resolve various types of conflicts
  • Expanding the array of conflict resolution skills to increase career opportunities
  • Standard set of conflict resolution skills vs. skills for specific sectors (example: law enforcement, health care, private business, community)


Based on the proposals received, we will organize panel presentations, roundtables and/or workshops.


Proposals should be between 250 -300 words and must include a title and a presenter bio of 50-75 words. Proposals should bring forward sessions that will work within a 1 ½ hour time slot or less. Proposals are due by September 15, 2018, and confirmations will be sent out by September 30, 2018. Registration (link will be sent via email) must be completed by October 7, 2018.


Please find the proposal submission form at:

If you have any questions, please email Ron Fisher rfisher (at)


The event is being hosted by the Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The date is chosen in coordination with the AfP Annual Conference (October 24-26) in Washington, DC.


2018 Graduate Education Symposium Planning Committee:


                  Ron Fisher (Co-Chair), American University

                  Pushpa Iyer (Co-Chair), Middlebury Institute of International Studies

                  Brian Kritz, Georgetown University

                  Agnieszka Paczynska, George Mason University

                  Mary Hope Schwoebel, Nova Southeastern University

Necla Tschirgi, University of San Diego

                  Anthony Wanis-St. John, American University

                  Adam Wolf, Alliance for Peacebuilding













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