DEPARTMENT: CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
POSITION: Program Director
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | MS 119
PHONE: (540) 432-4627
Jayne Seminare Docherty is a professor of leadership and public policy at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has also taught at George Mason University and Columbia College (South Carolina). Professor Docherty earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and she holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies and political science from Brown University. She also studied theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Professor Docherty consults with organizations and communities in transition, working with them to harness the positive energy of conflict and minimize its negative effects. Her current area of focus for research, writing and practice is improving the use of negotiation in unstable situations so that the results yield durable but flexible systems for creating long-term and sustainable peace with justice. She has also conducted research – especially action research projects – for nonprofit organizations; consulted on designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programs; worked with universities on curriculum development; and conducted trainings on conflict analysis, negotiation, and program design.
Professor Docherty is an invited participant in a three-year project to develop new approaches to negotiation training that reflect current research findings and field experiences. Details on the project can be found at Developing ‘Second Generation’ Global Negotiation Education.
From 2007-2010, she worked with The Institute for Peace and Justice Education at Lebanese American University to develop and institutionalize a summer peacebuilding training program for young leaders interested in building peace in Lebanon.
Professor Docherty is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Peace Appeal Foundation an organization that “supports peace and conflict resolution processes globally through inclusive, multi-track and multi-sector interventions designed to achieve agreed, fair and just outcomes.” She is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution where she served as Chair of the Research Section (2004-2007), the International Peace Research Association where she has served on the Council (2006-2008), and the International Studies Association (ISA).
Professor Docherty’s work is deeply influenced by Catholic teachings on peace and social justice. She worships at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg.
The daughter of a career military officer, Professor Docherty has served as a consultant with the 3D Security Initiative. She has a strong interest in forging a peace movement that takes the issue of security seriously and that includes the voices of active and retired military personnel. She was involved in the early efforts to adapt the Seminars for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program for use with communities that are welcoming soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, a project that helped lay the foundation for the Transforming the Wounds of War program.
Professor Docherty is the author of two books:
• Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Syracuse University Press)
• The Little Book of Strategic Negotiation: Negotiating During Turbulent Times (Good Books)
Her papers on negotiating difficult conflicts in unstable settings have been published in Venturing Beyond the Classroom, The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The Desk Reference for the Experienced Negotiator, Terrorism and Political Violence, Nova Religio, and the Marquette Law Review. Professor Docherty’s work on culture and negotiation has been incorporated into three different textbooks used in law schools around the country.
A.B., Brown University (1978) Religious Studies and Political Science
Ph.D., George Mason University (1998) Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Docherty, J.S. (2013). What can we learn from a university that rewards practice? , 239-250.
- Foster, R.W. & J.S. Docherty (2013). Embracing small spaces: A useful metaphor with strong impact. 7-9.
- Docherty, J.S. (2010). ‘Adaptive’ negotiation: Practice and teaching. In C. Honeyman, J. Coben, & G. De Palo (Eds.), Venturing beyond the classroom: Volume 2 in the ‘Rethinking Negotiation Teaching’ series (pp. 481-509). St. Paul, MN: DRI Press.
- Chrustie, C., J.S. Docherty, L. Lira, J. Mahuad, H. Gadlin, & C. Honeyman. Negotiating wicked problems: Five stories. In C. Honeyman, J. Coben, & G. De Palo (Eds.), Venturing beyond the classroom: Volume 2 in the ‘Rethinking Negotiation Teaching’ series (pp. 449-480). St. Paul, MN: DRI Press.
- Docherty, J. S. (2006). The unstated models in our minds. In A. K. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The negotiator’s fieldbook: The desk reference for the experienced negotiator (pp. 7-16). Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.
- Caton Campbell, M., & Docherty, J. S. (2006). What’s in a frame? In A. K. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The negotiator’s fieldbook: The desk reference for the experienced negotiator (pp. 37-46). Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.
- Docherty, J. S., & Caton Campbell, M. (2006). Consequences of principal and agent. In A. K. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The negotiator’s fieldbook: The desk reference for the experienced negotiator (pp. 497-504). Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.
- Docherty, J. S. (2006). Negotiation, one tool among many. In A. K. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The negotiator’s fieldbook: The desk reference for the experienced negotiator (pp. 565-572). Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (March 2005). Little book of strategic negotiation: Negotiating during turbulent times. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.
- Brown, J. G., Caton Campbell, M., Docherty, J. S., & Welsh, N. (2004). Negotiation as one of many tools. 853-860.
- Caton Campbell, M. & Docherty, J. S. (2004). What’s in a frame? (That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet). 769-781.
- Docherty, J. S. & Caton Campbell, M. (2004). Teaching negotiators to analyze conflict structure and anticipate the consequences of principal-agent relationships. 655-664.
- Docherty, J. S. (2004). Culture and negotiation: Symmetrical anthropology for negotiators. 711-722.
- Docherty, J. S. (2004). Narratives, metaphors and negotiation. 847-851.
- Docherty, J. S., Korobkin, R., & Honeyman C. (2004). Three conceptions of power. 861-874.
- Docherty, J.S. (2003). Engaged Christian education in a multi-faith world. Mennonite Life, 58 (1).
- Book review of (edited by David G. Bromley and J. Gordon Melton. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 451.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (2001-2002). Within days of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Conflict Transformation Program faculty and staff created The Beyond September 11 Web Site. I wrote or co-wrote 11 papers for that site.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare. (2001). Learning lessons from Waco: When the parties bring their gods to the negotiation table. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare. (2001). Why Waco has not gone away: Critical incidents and cultural trauma. 186-202.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (2000). Foreword. In Catherine Wessinger, How the millennium comes violently: From Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate. New York: Seven Bridges Press.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (1999). There is no cookbook for crisis negotiation: A response to Stuart Wright. 74-82.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (1999). Bridging the gap between scholars of religion and law enforcement negotiators. 8-26.
- Docherty, Jayne Seminare (1998, Summer). Conflict takes place in three worlds: Searching for a holistic conflict resolution practice. 9-11.
- Docherty, Jayne S. (1996, June/July). Managing diversity during law enforcement siege management: the lessons of Waco. 6 & 7. Atlanta: The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc.
- Docherty, Jayne S. (1996). The stewardship metaphor in forest resource management conflicts: A common language does not guarantee consensus. In D. McFarland (Ed.), Conflict analysis and resolution: Challenges for the times (pp. 191 208). Fairfax, Virginia: Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
- Bringing Our Practice Home: Using Isomorphic Pressure and Peacebuilding Skills to Transform the Academy at the George Mason University Point of View Conference “Practice in the Academy: Conflict Resolution/Transformation Practice in Academic Settings: Problems and Prospects,” April 20-21, 2012.
- How the Internet-Based Burma Beat Out the Reality-Based Myanmar in the Race to Influence the Mainstream Media and Policy Makers at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, April 1-4, 2012.
- Pedagogical Innovations: Coaching, Improvisational Drama, Character Development and More at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, April 1-4, 2012.
- The overlooked mediating role of policy managers in the theory v. policy debate at the International Studies Association Annual Convention; New Orleans, Louisiana, February 17-20, 2010.
- Organizer of workshop series on Neurobiology and Conflict Resolution at Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Phoenix, Arizona, October 24-27, 2007.
- Invited panel participant at the Alumni Symposium at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Creative Pedagogy for Teaching to Core Competencies in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, September 15, 2007.
- Invited panelist for “The New and the Newer in Negotiation (Session E14)” at The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Ninth Annual Dispute Resolution Conference ADR in Bloom: Politics and Collaboration in the Nation’s Capital. Washington, DC, April 27, 2007.
- Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for System Change Programs. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 25, 2006. (A 6 hour pre-conference workshop with Cheyanne Church).
- User-friendly research tools for conflict resolution practitioners. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 26, 2006. (With John Windmueller.)
- What peace builders do and why and how it works. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2006.
- Using research as a conflict intervention tool. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 28, 2006.
- Being professional without being restrictively professionalized: How to increase the credibility of peace building. International Peace Research Association. Calgary, Canada, June 28-July 3, 2006.
- Sustainable peace building architecture: What our field needs now and how to get it. International Peace Research Association. Calgary, Canada, June 28-July 3, 2006. (Plenary Panel)
- Peace building theory-in-Practice: What 50 practitioners have learned about what works. International Peace Research Association. Calgary, Canada, June 28-July 3, 2006.
- Assessing the Canon of Negotiation. Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference. Sacramento, California, September 30, 2004.