W. Clay & Kathryn H. Burkholder Prof. of Conflict Resolution
Office Location: Oller Center for Peace and International Programs
Phone Number: (814) 641-3465
Celia Cook-Huffman, Ph.D is an educator and training consultant. She is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College where she holds the W. Clay and Kathryn Burkholder Professorship in Conflict Resolution. She is also the Associate Director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of Baker Mediation Services. Her background combines peace studies with specialized training and education in conflict transformation, nonviolence, gender, and mediation.
The focus of her teaching is on understanding conflict dynamics in interpersonal, organizational, inter-group and international contexts. Her work involves the critical exploration of the role of conflict in the human community, seeking to understand when and how conflicts are necessary and productive and how to respond effectively to the destructive aspects of conflict. Students are asked to think about how we respond to the violence and pain of conflict in ways that minimize damage and enhance the potential for transformative growth and change; how do we create and sustain peace building efforts at the individual, communal and global levels –working to build sustainable communities that are responsive to both individual and communal needs for justice, equality, identity and security?
Dr. Cook-Huffman is also a consultant for both public and private organizations. Her consulting work includes conflict transformation and change management, conflict resolution training, dispute resolution systems design, systems analysis, leadership training, and assessing gender dynamics in conflict. She has worked as a mediator for over 20 years in workplace and educational settings. Recent trainings include: Change and Integration Management for college faculty, Meeting Facilitation for the Emerson National Hunger Fellows, Peer Mediation Training for educators in Cyprus, and Conflict and Transition for the Alaskan Marine Highway bi-annual meeting. She has received grants from the Fulbright program and the U.S. Embassy Program on Bicommunal Projects, Cyprus and taught courses for Transcend Peace University, and the Institute for Social and European Studies, Szombathely, Hungary.
Her research focuses on the impact of social identity on conflict and the
relationship between gender issues and conflict. She received the Juniata
Junior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996. She has a B.A. in Peace
Studies and Conflict Resolution from Manchester College, an M.A. in Peace
Studies from the University of Notre Dame where she was an International
Scholars Program Fellow, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.