Bernie Mayer, PhD

Bernard Mayer


Interdisciplinary Studies

Bernie Mayer is a Professor of Conflict Studies in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program of Creighton’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has been a member of Creighton’s Faculty since 2006. 

Bernie brings to his work at Creighton over 40 years experiences as mediator, and conflict specialist.  Bernie was a founding partner of CDR Associates, an internationally recognized conflict intervention firm headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. He has provided conflict intervention for families, communities, NGO’s, unions, corporations, and governmental agencies throughout North America and internationally. 

Before focusing on conflict intervention, Bernie was a child and family therapist in New York City and Boulder Colorado.  He received a BA form Oberlin College, an MSW from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

At Creighton, Bernie has taught courses on Conflict Dynamics, Long Term Conflicts, Family Conflict, Environmental and Public Policy Conflicts, Facilitation of Group Decision Making Processes, Organizational and Workplace Disputes and Leadership and Conflict. 

Bernie’s most recent book is The Conflict Paradox, Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes.  Earlier books include: The Dynamics of Conflict, Beyond Neutrality, and Staying With Conflict.   He is especially interested in understanding how we can understand the nature of enduring conflicts and how we can help individuals, communities, and societies engage in conflict in a constructive, principled, and effective way.

Bernie approaches teaching as he approaches helping people through conflict with a thorough commitment to dialogue, respect for different ideas and the diversity of contributions that all students have to offer, and with an appreciation for the skills and experience that all students bring.

In addition to a lifelong commitment to social justice and peace, Bernie is an avid skier, cyclist, and lover of the outdoors.

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