Higher Education Representative: Dr. Juliette Shedd (Virginia) Dr. Shedd is currently the Associate Dean at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and teaches both introductory courses and courses on terrorism, extremism, global conflicts, and ideologies. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University. Her research includes work on the relationship of media to conflict, specifically focused on media coverage of terrorism and the role of women in political violence. She has shepherded S-CAR’s efforts to increase distance education and overseen a wide range of innovations in experiential and service learning. She served as the academic project manager for the development of the school’s Point of View International Retreat and Research Center.
Research Representative:Elisabeth Salzgeber (Oregon)
Training Representative:Sharon Seidler (Kansas) Sharon provides and coordinates a wide-range of conflict resolution services, and after 15+ years as a private practitioner, Sharon helps to develop the conflict resolution profession through the training and mentorship of others. A consummate professional, trainer, and mentor in the field, she has established two companies, has coordinated notable service programs, and participated in the success of several organizations and associations in the field of dispute and conflict resolution in Canada and in the United States. With interest and passion for leadership, peace and conflict studies and their contributions to successful resolution, Sharon has been an avid contributor in the field and profession of conflict resolution throughout her career. Often provocative toward deeper thinking, she helps individuals consider the real impacts of what is happening in order to consider true resolution. Sharon believes that peace begins through a deeper awareness of self and others. As the Program Coordinator at Kansas State University's Conflict Resolution Experiential Learning Program and a Member of the Supreme Court Advisory Council, Sharon helps to guide and grow conflict resolution practitioners through education, training, mentorship, and research.
Diversity and Equity Liaison:Pamela Struss (Virginia) Pamela K. Struss, PhD, is a scholar practitioner. Currently she is an adjunct professor for the Peace and Conflict Studies at University of North Carolina Greensboro and School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution/George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (SCAR-GMU). Dr. Struss teaches both undergraduate and graduate conflict resolution techniques and practice course: interpersonal conflict resolution, organizational conflict management, conflict resolution theories and practice, mediation theory and practice. She is also a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator for the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, certified mentor and trainer for VA Supreme Court. Pamela’s specializes in community development, local governance and court mediation. Dr. Struss is an alumnus of University of Texas Arlington, George Mason University-ICAR and NOVA Southeastern University. In addition to participating in a full academic life she is also a practitioner in the conflict resolution field and has worked with religiously based organizations, governments in Ecuador and Suriname, is a certified Mediator for the Virginia Association of Realtors, and Prince William Association of Realtors. Dr. Struss has taught the Basics of Conflict Resolution to churches in the U.S., Ecuador’s and Suriname’s government leaders, and Development NGO’s leadership. She conducts research on development, its sustainability, and it’s impact on the environment and society. She has managed several new home building programs and rehabilitation projects for non-profits funded by the Federal and State governments. She has negotiated between builders/developers, local government and interested stakeholders on new projects. Currently she serves on the Adjunct Committee for Mason and is appointed to the affordable housing task force in Prince William County Virginia and has served on numerous community boards in the past.