Eastern Mennonite University

Gloria Rhodes

Gloria Rhodes

Office Phone: (540) 432-4270

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: BR 201


Gloria Rhodes in the news:

First graduates of EMU’s Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program recognized in Somaliland ceremony

Peace Undergrads To Do Grant-Supported Practicums in Colombia and Iran

Be a Peacebuilder With Two Degrees in Just Five Years

EMU Peace Profs Go to Women in Somaliland

Professor to Discuss Balancing Career and Parenting

Rhodes is chair of the department of Applied Social Sciences and coordinator for the Peacebuilding and Development undergraduate major. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including conflict analysis, mediation, group dynamics and facilitation, and introductory and advanced peacebuilding and conflict transformation theory courses.

She has taught and held various administrative positions at Eastern Mennonite University since 1988. She has led undergraduate cross cultural study seminars to Ireland and Northern Ireland, Russia, and South Korea. She also served as Administrative Director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Rhodes holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her dissertation research compared conflict transformation and conflict resolution definitions and approaches to practice. Additional research and teaching interests include evaluation and assessment in conflict transformation/resolution practice; group dynamics and facilitation; peace and conflict studies pedagogy, and cross-cultural education.

Education

Ph.D. George Mason University
M.S. George Mason University
B.A. Eastern Mennonite University

Publications
  • Memorial Day Reflection, and Drawing Trees. In Landis, Susan Mark, Lisa Amstutz, Cindy Snider, Judith Kulp, eds. Seasoned with Peace: Spring. Peacemeal Press, 2011.
  • Avoiding Conflict. In Landis, Susan Mark, Lisa Amstutz, Cindy Snider, eds. Seasoned with Peace: Winter. Peacemeal Press, 2010.
  • Mennonites. The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Drawing Trees. PeaceSigns. Orrville, OH: Peace and Justice Support Network of MCUSA, June 16, 2009. Full Text
  • Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation Practice: Is There a Difference?. Unpublished Dissertation. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University, December 5, 2008. Full text
  • Exploring Peace and Conflict. In Garber, Julie, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Liechty, Timothy McElwee, eds. Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner Publishers. August 2008.
  • Peace and the Internet. Conciliation Quarterly. Vol. 21, No. 4. Guest Editor. Fall 2002.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • Bridging Professional Worlds; Interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution Education with Dr. Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, Mount Mary University. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2013. Accepted.
  • Peace Work: How do colleges and university conflict resolution and peace studies programs contribute? with Dr. Mara Schoeny, George Mason University, et al. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2013. Accepted.
  • Are They Getting It? Creating an Assessment Plan for Skills Learning in Conflict Resolution Training and Education, with Dr. Mara Schoeny, George Mason University. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 13-15, 2012.
  • Reaching Across the Fence: Creating Opportunities to Learn with and From Others, with Dr. Mara Schoeny and Dr. Alma Jadallah, George Mason University, and Dr. Frank Dukes, University of Virginia. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 13-15, 2012.
  • _Comparing Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation Practice: Competing professional identities or complementary practices? International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 30-April 3, 2012.
  • Did they get it? Assessing practice-based learning in conflict resolution training and education with Dr. Mara Schoeny, George Mason University. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, October 13-15, 2011.
  • Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience 2-day Preconference Workshop 4th International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education. Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE). June 8-13, 2011. Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • Attachment Theory and Peacebuilding. Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. March 31-April 2, 2011.
  • Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation Practice: Is there a difference? Virginia Mediation Network Conference, Wintergreen, VA. October 1-3, 2010 (invited).
  • Understanding our Conflict Styles. International Student Leadership Conference. Blue Ridge Community College. Weyers Cave, VA. March 27, 2010.
  • Conflict Transformation and Conflict Resolution Practice: What is the Difference?. Poster Presentation of Dissertation Research. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. October 7-9, 2009, Atlanta, GA.
Other Presentations
  • Careers in Peacebuilding. Blue Ridge Community College. Weyers Cave, VA. March 27, 2011.
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
  • Instructor for students featured in Peace-ing It Together: Women From South Pacific, East Africa ‘Reflect And Share’ At EMU, article in the Daily News Recordby Emily Sharrer.
  • Featured in St. Patrick’s Day article, Daily News Record Harrisonburg, VA March 17, 2012.
  • Author. Where is that other what? Poem. Phoenix Literary Journal. Eastern Mennonite University, 2012.
  • Author. We gather here to honor a people and a place. Hymn text, with music by Bradley Lehman. Commissioned for the 50th anniversary celebration of Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, 2009.
Church, Community and Professional Service
  • Panelist. Alumni in the Academy. School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, VA. April 20th, 2013(invited).
  • Trainer, Practice: Skills for Peacebuilding, Summer Peacebuilding Institute 7-day intensive training, Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, Eastern Mennonite University, June 6-14, 2013.
  • Consultant on curriculum for training materials. RESOLVE. Washington, DC. November 1, 2012 (invited).
  • Peer Reviewer, Candidate for Tenure and Promotion, Goucher College, Fall 2012.
  • Trainer, Practice: Skills for Peacebuilding, Summer Peacebuilding Institute 7-day intensive training, Eastern Mennonite University, May 10-18 2012.
  • Peer Reviewer, International Studies Review, Spring 2012.
  • Co-Trainer, Conflict Transformation for civil society, with Fadi el Hajjar, Transformative & Empowering Solutions, Beirut Lebanon, September 23-29, 2011.
  • Member, Planning Committee for 4th International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education. Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE). June 8-13, 2011. Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Lead Trainer for Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Summer Peacebuilding Institute 7-day training, Eastern Mennonite University, May 9-17, 2011.
  • Co-Trainer, 10-hour Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Seminar for undergraduate students. Eastern Mennonite University, February, 2011.
  • Co-Trainer, 10-hour Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Seminar for undergraduate students. Eastern Mennonite University, February, 2010.
  • Lead Trainer for Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Summer Peacebuilding Institute 7-day training, Eastern Mennonite University, May 10-18, 2010.
  • Faculty sponsor for Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, February 19-21, 2010, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Lead Trainer, 10-hour Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Seminar for undergraduate students. Eastern Mennonite University. January, 2010.
  • Teacher, Adult Sunday School Class, Using the Enneagram for Personal Growth, September-December 2009.
  • Organizer for Peace and Justice Studies Association conference proposals on Nonviolence Education for PJSA Conference 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Lead Trainer for Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Summer Peacebuilding Institute 7-day training, Eastern Mennonite University, May 4-12, 2009.
  • Author of devotional for the Lenten devotional guide “Our Lives are in Your Hands” published jointly by Community Mennonite Church and Shalom Mennonite Church for use in 2009.
  • Co-facilitator. 10-hour STAR Seminar for undergraduate students. Eastern Mennonite University. January 30-31, 2009.
  • Participant in Mennonite Central Committee’s day-long strategic visioning process, “New Wine, New Wineskins,” Saturday, January 24, 2009.
  • Co-facilitator. 10-hour STAR Seminar for undergraduate students. Eastern Mennonite University. February 16-17, 2008.
  • Lead trainer for Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, May 7-15, 2007. 7-Day intensive workshop, Eastern Mennonite University.
  • Member, Virginia Mennonite Conference Peace Committee, 2004-present.
  • Member, Worship Arts Committee, Community Mennonite Church, 2005-2007.
  • Volunteer (summer), Patchwork Pantry, food distribution center, Community Mennonite Church, 1999-present.
  • Member, Community Mennonite Church, 1989-present.
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • Sabbatical, Eastern Mennonite University, Spring 2014.
  • Release Time Award, Eastern Mennonite University, Fall 2010.
  • Quality Service Award, Eastern Mennonite University, 3rd quarter, 2009-10.
Professional Memberships
  • International Studies Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Peace and Justice Studies Association
  • American Association of University Women
Professional Conferences Attended
  • 4th International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education. Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE). June 8-13, 2011. Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Conversations on Attachment, March 31-April 2, 2011, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • ReInventing Governance Conference, October 8-10, 2010, Boulder, CO.
  • Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, October 7-9, 2009, Atlanta, GA.
  • STAR Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience Training, Eastern Mennonite University, June 8-12, 2009.
  • Bridging Divides: Uniting the Church for Peacemaking. Anabaptist Peace Center, Washington, DC, April 11-12, 2008.
  • Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, February 29-March 2, 2008.
  • Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, Phoenix Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, October 24-27, 2007.
  • Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Bluffton University, February 22-25, 2007.
New Courses Taught
  • PAX 503w Practice: Skills for Peacebuilding, 7-day intensive training for Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, Monrovia, Liberia, March 2013.
  • PAX 533w Analysis: Understanding Conflict, for Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, Somaliland, Fall 2012.
  • NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation, Online course, Summer 2011.
  • PXD 261 Community and Conflict Assessment Techniques, Spring 2010.
EMU Service
  • Co-Chair Undergraduate Council, 2012-present.
  • Washington Community Scholars Advisory Council, 2011-present.
  • New Faculty mentor, 2011-2012.
  • Member, Faculty Senate, 2011-12.
  • Member, Undergraduate Council, as Department Chair for the Department of Applied Social Sciences, 2005-present.
  • Member, C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest Planning Committee 2004-present.
  • Attendee and Convener, Applied Social Sciences, Bi-weekly Department Meeting, 2002-present.
  • Attendee, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Academic Committee, 2009-present.
  • Honors Mentor, 2008-2012.
  • Sponsored and accompanied students to Conflict Transformation: 4th International Undergraduate Research Conference at James Madison University, April 17, 2012, at which one student presented a paper.
  • Sponsored and accompanied students to Conflict Transformation: 3nd International Undergraduate Research Conference at James Madison University, April 15, 2011, at which three students presented papers.
  • Sponsored and accompanied students to the International Student Leadership Conference, Blue Ridge Community College, April 2011.
  • Presentation for PAX 520 Research Design, A Qualitative Research Dissertation: Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation — Is There a Difference?, using Nvivo Qualitative data processing software. Eastern Mennonite University, April 20, 2011.
  • Co-leader. Ireland and Northern Ireland Cross Cultural Seminar. With Mark Sawin. May-June, 2010.
  • Member, Cross Cultural Committee, 2006-2010
  • Sponsored and accompanied students to Conflict Transformation: 2nd International Undergraduate Research Conference at James Madison University, April 16, 2010, at which one student presented a paper.
  • Presentation for PAX 520 Research Design, A Qualitative Research Dissertation: Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation — Is There a Difference?, using Qualitative data processing software. Eastern Mennonite University, March 18 and April 21, 2010.
  • Presentation for PAX 520 Research Design, A Qualitative Research Dissertation: Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation — Is There a Difference?, Eastern Mennonite University, April 2, 2009 .
  • Presentation for SOC 452 Program Evaluation through Qualitative Methods, A Qualitative Research Dissertation: Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation — Is There a Difference?, Eastern Mennonite University, March 10, 2009.