Dr. Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán is professor of law and conflict studies, and director in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. She describes her teaching philosophy as one that follows the Ignatian pedagogy tenets of reflection, action, evaluation, context, and experience.
“The education process can be a way of enforcing the dominant discourse in society, and yet I see my role as an educator to create a safe space where this discourse can be deconstructed in a positive manner so that other ways of thinking can emerge. Therefore, my role is to gently nudge students out of their comfort zone, just enough, so that they have a significant learning experience outside of what they are used to experiencing.”
Dr. Font-Guzmán has actively participated in the field of conflict studies through national and international conferences and workshops, and she has conducted a wide variety of trainings and seminars in the field, throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.
As part of her international practice and experience, she has provided mediation, facilitation, and training services to organizations including the World Health Organization, U.S. Postal Service, Judicial Academy of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, Spain Supreme Court Judicial Council for Continuous Education for Judges, Venezuela Supreme Court, Johnson & Johnson, and the Nebraska Bar Association.
Dr. Font-Guzmán received her B.A. from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her Masters in Health Care Administration from Saint Louis University, Missouri, her Law degree summa cum laude from the Interamericana University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
Dr. Font-Guzmán’s research interests include the following:
- Qualitative research with a focus on the fields of healthcare disparities, interdisciplinary collaborations, law, citizenship, and conflict engagement. Specifically, how people construct meaning at critical points in their lives to explore the manners in which meaning-making leads them to productively engage with conflict
- How marginalized individuals create alternate stories and counter-narratives to address institutional/structural injustices
- Caribbean Studies; Colonialism; Identity; and healthcare, race, and gender inequities
In addition to academia, Dr. Font-Guzmán is passionate about music and sharing with friends her life, passions, vulnerabilities, strengths, and challenges. She loves the beach and mountains and enjoys reading poetry and literature.