The University of Baltimore's M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management program is ranked among the best in the country:
- #3 and “Best in the Northeast” in Intelligent.com’s Best Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Management Degree Programs of 2023
- #5 and "Best Master of Science Degree" in Intelligent.com's Best Online Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Management Degree Program's of 2023
- #7 in Social Work Degree Guide’s 2023 Top 10 Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Management Programs
- #8 in The Edvocate's 2023 Best Master Degree Programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management
Shelly Clay-Robison Wins 2023 CELTT Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award
Shelly Clay-Robison, M.S. '13, a lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs, received the 2023 Center for Excllence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology (CELTT) Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in this year’s inaugural Student Nominated CELTT Excellence in Teaching Awards. An excerpt of a student quote from her nomination letter states: "I appreciate your teaching style and how it is important to engage others in their thought processes. Thanks for believing in the power of dialogue and how impactful communications are to every area of conflict, negotiations, management and resolutions. If it wouldn’t take me another Year to earn this degree, I would’ve switched to this Discipline for my degree. Thank You!”
Lou Geiszl Wins 2019 Richard Bucher Adjunct Faculty Award
Lou Geiszl, a long-time and highly valued member of the Negotiations and Conflict Management program faculty, was the recipient of the 2019 Richard Bucher Adjunct Faculty Award. The Bucher Award—which carries a cash prize of $1,500—recognizes an adjunct faculty member who contributes to the UBalt community not only through excellence in the classroom, but also through service in a variety of other ways. Geiszl has consistently demonstrated excellence in the classroom and has actively engaged in various service activities that have greatly benefited both UBalt and the wider community. His professional career in the conflict resolution and mediation field also illuminates his considerable accomplishments and impact in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Two Alums Present at WTCI's Youth Diplomats Program Workshop Co-Sponsored by the College of Public Affairs
On March 18, Negotiations and Conflict Management program alums Shelly Clay-Robison, M.S. ’13 (left), and Barbara “Bobbi” Sherrod, M.S. ’17 (right), were presenters at a workshop for the 2023 cohort of Albrecht Fellows. Albrecht Fellows are high school students from around the state who participate in the World Trade Center Institute 's Youth Diplomats Program, which provides workshops and other educational opportunities for students who are considering a career that spans the globe. The workshop, which was co-sponsored by the College of Public Affairs and held on the UBalt campus, focused on conflict resolution and peace building. Clay-Robison—who now teaches in the Negotiations and Conflict Management master’s program—and Sherrod—who serves as the Restorative Justice Practices Program Director for Restorative Response Baltimore—led discussions with the fellows on building peace in Indonesia, listening with art, and restorative practices.
Baissou Sissoko, M.S. '13, Elected Vice President of Association for Conflict Resolution's Board of Directors
Baissou Sissoko, M.S. ’13, was recently elected vice president of the Association of Conflict Resolution's (ACR) board of directors for a two-year term. ACR is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.
Sissoko serves as senior program manager for the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA Mediation Program where he provides technical assistance to Title I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mediators across the country. He is the owner of Sora and Associates Mediation and Conflict Resolution, where he provides mediation and restorative justice services to local and federal agencies, and has trained experts in the field on restorative justice, including facilitators, magistrates, and judges.
James Torrence, M.S. '14, J.D. '17, Elected to Baltimore City Council
During the 2020 election, alumnus James Torrence, M.S. ’14, J.D. ’17, was elected to the Baltimore City Council, representing District 7 in Maryland. Torrence is a graduate of both the Negotiations and Conflict Management master’s program as well as the UBalt School of Law.
Alumnus David Kelly, M.S. '18, Delivers Keynote Address
Negotiations and Conflict Management graduate and current UBalt Writing Center Coordinator, David Kelly, M.S. '18, was invited to give the keynote speech on anti-racist writing center pedagogy at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association’s 2020 summer virtual conference. David’s speech was a follow-up to his anti-racism workshop at the Baltimore Metro Writing Center Conference, which was hosted by UBalt’s RLB Library in September 2019.
2022-23 Capstone Award Winners
Robin McDonough, M.S. ’22, was selected by the School of Public and International Affairs awards committee as the winner of the 2022-23 Johannes M. Botes Capstone Achievement Award. Robin's capstone project title was, "Effectiveness of U.S. Railroad Strategies to Recruit and Retain Women in Operational Roles."
Ginger Robinson, M.S. '23, was selected by the School of Public and International Affairs awards committee to receive the 2022-23 Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Writing. Ginger's capstone project title was, " Are Women Lawyers in Trial or on Trial? An Exploration of the Intersection of Gender and Criminal Defense."
Negotiations and Conflict Management Student Dorian Walker, B.S. '14, Receives Homecoming Hero Award
A public vote found Dorian Walker, B.S. '14, adding a T. Rowe Price "Baltimore Homecoming Hero" recognition to his list of accolades in 2022. But it's not the "what you've done" message of awards and honors that motivates him. It's the why. And the why is everything for this alumnus, who plans to finish his last semester at The University of Baltimore in fall 2022 before graduating with an M.S in Negotiations and Conflict Management. Read the full article.
Negotiations and Conflict Management students ending the semester with a “Come as You Will Be” party, where they dress and act as if it’s five years in the future.