Mary Lee Brock is an Assistant Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. The classes she teaches include Facilitative Conflict Engagement and Mediation Practice. She also has the honor of companioning NCR master’s degree students as they apply their newly gained knowledge in a final capstone Practicum project. Mary Lee’s teaching philosophy is grounded in Ignatian pedagogy, which is informed by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and ties beautifully with the study of conflict engagement.
She says, “the core of Ignatian pedagogy is reflection during which I support my students as they take a deeper look at the course concepts and experiences. Action is where an Ignatian and conflict engagement education truly comes together as we collectively have an obligation to bring the knowledge in our field to action in service to others. The dialogues I have with our students are based in mutual respect, trust and a desire to serve.”
Prior to joining the faculty at Creighton, Mary Lee founded Concord Center, a non-profit based center offering mediation and facilitation services to the Omaha community. She continues to work with a variety of clients in our community through workshops, public facilitations, process design projects and conflict coaching. She works with individuals and groups who are hoping to be more effective, who are grappling with a difficult topic or who are engaged in complex decision making.
Mary Lee received her B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University, her M.Ed. in Counseling from South Dakota State University and a Certificate in Ignatian Tradition from Creighton University.
In addition to academia, Mary Lee belongs to three book clubs and enjoys gardening and spending quality time with family and friends.