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“My mission is to create learning communities of teacher-learners and learner-teachers. The focus of my teaching is leadership and peacebuilding or, put another way: learning to harness the positive energy of conflict while minimizing its destructive potential. Stepping into the Program Director role is an opportunity to support the integration and coordination of the various programs at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
Many of my published papers can be found on my Academia.edu site.
I have also started a blog Working with Emergence..
The work that other colleagues and I have done to educate law enforcement officials about the need to really understand religiously motivated individuals and communities was recently given a significant boost when Malcolm Gladwell wrote a piece in the New Yorker magazine titled Sacred and Profane: How not to negotiate with believers. You can also listen to a podcast on this subject at Out Loud: Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of American religious tolerance."
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. & Lira, L. (2013). Adapting to the adaptive: How can we teach negotiation for wicked problems? In C. Honeyman, J. Coben, & A. Wei-Min Lee (Eds.), Educating negotiators for a connected world: Volume 4 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (pp. 383-418). St. Paul, MN: DRI Press.
- Docherty, J.S. with C. Chrustie (2013). Teaching three-dimensional negotiation to graduate students. In C. Honeyman, J. Coben, & A. Wei-Min Lee (Eds.), Educating negotiators for a connected world: Volume 4 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (pp. 443-474). St. Paul, MN: DRI Press.
- 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.
- Blechman, F., Crocker, J., Docherty, J.S. & Garon, S.C. (2000, April). Finding Meaning in a Complex Environmental Policy Dialogue: Research into Worldviews in the Northern Forest Lands Council Dialogue, 1990-1994. Working Paper #14 of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.
- 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.
- Catholic Peacebuilding Network Conference. South Bend, Indiana, April 13-15, 2008. Moderator of panel From Conflict Prevention to Conflict Transformation
- 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.
As part of the final conference gathering of the Developing ‘Second Generation’ Global Negotiation Education., I helped design and present a session on How to Teach Negotiation for Wicked Problems. Follow-up writings are in process for publication in the third volume of the project series.
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
Selected Training Consultancies: Civil Society, Community and Political Leaders
- Myanmar/Burma (July-December 2010; July-December 2011)
- Worked with a civil society organization in Yangon, Myanmar in support of the transition from military to civilian government.
- Myanmar/Burma (September 2008-December 2009)
- A project to develop culturally adapted negotiation training programs for use during the transition from military rule to and elected government.
- Byblos, Lebanon (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). .
- A multi-year project with The Institute for Peace and Justice Education at Lebanese American University to develop and institutionalize a summer peacebuilding training program for young leaders.
- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (March 26-27, 2007).
- Managing Deep Rooted/Values Conflicts. A workshop for municipal administrators and the mediators who work with them.
- Also prepared a written guide for municipal administrators based on the workshop and our conversations about the issues they face.
- Colombo, Sri Lanka (July 2005):
- Working with the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka, I reviewed and helped refine an initiative to bring Community Based Organizations (CBOs) more effectively into both post-tsunami and post-conflict development efforts in Sri Lanka.
- Baku, Azerbaijan (2004): assisted with the development of training materials used in a 6-month program to train political and civil society leaders in Azerbaijan in multi-party negotiation skills.
- Various Locations (2002-2005).
- Trainer and consultant for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program.
Selected University Curriculum Development Consultancies
- Loyola University, New Orleans
- Grinnell College; Grinnell, Iowa.
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Leuven, Belgium.
- Berea College; Berea, Kentucky.
- University of San Diego; San Diego, California.
Selected Public Lectures and Keynote Addresses
- Getting Past “Good Guys and Bad Guys” — Building Peace with Justice in Burma/Myanmar. Loyola University, New Orleans, March 2, 2011.
- Redefining Our Security: 3D a New Approach to Peace. Ashland, Wisconsin, March 27, 2008.
- Why Conflict Resolvers Need to Stop Talking Peace and Start Talking Security. Grinnell College (Iowa), February 8, 2007.
- What Would Jesus Do? Transformative Approaches to Building a Justpeace World. Robbins Peace and Brotherhood Lecture at Berea College (Kentucky), October 20, 2005.
- “Red, Blue, and Purple America: What Can Conflict Resolvers Offer a Divided Country?” Keynote Address at Embracing Conflict: Creating Opportunities for Change conference at Columbia College (South Carolina), May 6-7, 2005.
- Lessons from Waco and Beyond. Keynote Address at 2005 Regional Heartland Conference of Mediators in Kansas City, Missouri, April 2, 2005.
- Carpe Diem: Responding to the Crisis of the War on Terrorism. at Mennonite Central Committee Board of Directors Annual Meeting in Akron, Pennsylvania, June 11, 2004.
Church, Community and Professional Service
Professional Leadership and Service
- Member of the ACR Higher Education Model Standards Task Force starting January 2012.
- Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace Appeal Foundation.
- Chair of Research Section, Association for Conflict Resolution (2004-2007)
- Member of Governing Council, International Peace Research Association (2006-2008)
- Peer reviewer for International Negotiation.
- Book manuscript reviewer for various publishers.
*External reviewer for a dissertation at the University of Manitoba (2012).
Honors, Awards and Grants
- Negotiation Canon Project. Invited participant in project to define the “canon” of topics that should be taught in all negotiation courses.
- Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (November 7-9, 2003).
- Production of special issue of . See publications for my contributions.
- Association for Conflict Resolution
- International Peace Research Association
- International Studies Association
Professional Conferences Attended
- International Studies Association Annual Convention. San Diego, CA, April 2012.
- International Studies Association Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, February 2010.
- Quivira Coalition Annual Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 2008.
- Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference. Phoenix, Arizona, October 24-27, 2007.
- Peace and Justice Studies Association annual conference. Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, September 27-30, 2007.
- International Studies Association. Chicago, IL, February 28-March 3, 2007.
- Quivira Coalition 6th Annual Conference: Fresh Eyes on the Land, Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 18-20, 2007.
- Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference. Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28, 2006.
- Invited participant in Consolidating Our Collective Wisdom: Best Counsel and Advice to the Next Generation. Held at the Keystone Center in Keystone, CO, October 8-11, 2006.
- Strategy Implementation Seminar at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, July 25-27, 2006.
- Invited participant in conference on Negotiating with Terrorists. Held at The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria, June 9-10, 2006.
New Courses Taught
I developed and taught a new course — Narrative Negotiation — based on my field experience, research and writing about negotiation in unstable situations of transition. The course used an innovative teaching methodology and I am currently writing a book chapter for an edited volume on negotiation teaching methods.
- Starting August 2012, Vice President of Faculty Senate.
- Starting August 2012, serving on the Search Committee to hire a Graduate Dean.
- Member of the Advisory Board for the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
- Member of the Humanitarian Action Initiative Task Force spring semester 2012.
- Member of the committee to revise the core curriculum at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, spring semester 2012.
*Breakout session Attachment Theory and Peacebuilding: Does it Scale up? as part of the Conversations on Attachment conference at EMU, March 31-April 2, 2011.
- Lectures presented in PXD 345 Theories for Peacebuilding, January 2011.
- Member of Faculty Status Committee, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.
- Senator and Member of Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2007-2008.
- Faculty Senate representative to the President’s Cabinet, 2007-2008.
- Co-facilitator of the Academic Structure Task Force (ASTF), 2006-2007.
- Member of Interim Faculty Senate, 2006-2007.
- Faculty Senate representative to the Graduate Council, 2006-2007.
- Served on Board for the new CJP web based journal project, 2006-2007.