Certificate on Conflict Management and Peace Studies
Faculty and Staff Biographies, January 2011
Jennifer Batton, M.A. is the director of Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga
Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. She currently coordinates the development of the
college’s certificate program in Conflict Management and Peace Studies, the first at a
community college in Ohio, coordinated an on-line national How to Manual for Community
Colleges Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs with the United States Institute of
Peace, and has been coordinating the development of a study abroad program in Peace and
Conflict Studies with 2 other state’s community colleges in Costa Rica set for June 2011 through
Community Colleges for International Development (CCID).
Batton is the former director of education programs for the state government office, the Ohio
Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in Columbus, Ohio, USA (1998 –
2006). As the Education Director, she was responsible for strategic planning to meet the needs
of all of Ohio’s schools (approximately 3,500) and universities (approximately 52 teacher
training colleges) including coordinating and designing state-wide conflict resolution education
(CRE) programming by providing grants, training, technical assistance, evaluation, and resource
development in partnership with other state government, and state-wide youth serving agencies.
Before coming to the state she was the Director of the Status Offender Mediation Program for
the Butler County Juvenile Courts.
Batton has worked on a number of national initiatives funded by the United States Department of
Education and international initiatives including providing leadership for The Organization of
American States (OAS) Advisory Board for the Inter-American Program on Education for
Democratic Values and Practices (www.oas.org), and serving as the Co-chair of the Global
Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Conflict and Peace Education Reference
Group (www.gppac.net). She organized four international conferences on CRE with funding
from NGOs, INGOs, state, national, and international governmental agencies including the OAS,
UNDP, USIP, and the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) and served as one of
three principals that organized the CRE/PE working group for the GPPAC/United Nations
international symposium in July 2005 on the Role of Civil Societies in the Prevention of Armed
Conflict. Batton provided training, presentations, and consultation for teachers, policy makers,
and youth serving professionals on the topic of CRE in countries including Australia, Belize,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Guatemala, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, St. Lucia, St. Vincent,
Serbia, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Ukraine. She is currently working with the Ministry
of Education and Ministry of Local Government officials in four countries in the Caribbean to
help them develop their “Inter-Sectoral Approach to Fostering a Democratic Culture in Schools
and Local Communities in countries of the Caribbean” funded by the OAS.
Jennifer has a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University, and an M.A. in Conflict
Resolution from Antioch University. She has completed additional coursework towards a Ph.D.
in Conflict Management through Nova Southeastern University.
Robert A. Hendrick, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of the Department of English as a Second
Language at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus. She received her Ph.D. in
Linguistics at the University of Chicago. Her thesis was about a Mayan language spoken in
Guatemala. She lived in Guatemala while completing her research while teaching there as well.
Dr. Hendrick has taught conflict management methods in various contexts.
Justin Miller, M.A., Professor, Cuyahoga Community College's Eastern Campus, has taught
philosophy, humanities, and religious studies for nineteen years. He earned his M.A. in
philosophy at Cleveland State University. Professor Miller's academic background includes
extensive studies in sociology and psychology. He is a licensed tutor in all of the above subjects.
Harrold Spicknall, Ph.D. has extensive experience in conflict management including work for
State and local education, rehabilitation, public health, mental health and social service agencies,
as well as community and professional organizations. He has served in various conflict
management roles, such as: chief spokesperson in contract negotiations; mediator, arbitrator and
administrative hearing officer; facilitator of the negotiated regulations process; partner, presenter
and author in the Institute for Problem Prevention in Special Education (IPPSE); and was the
developer and Director of the Michigan Special Education Mediation Service. Spicknall is Past
President and current Secretary of the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO). His
professional involvement has included membership and service as an officer, board member,
section chair and advisor to several national and local conflict resolution organizations.
Spicknall has provided instruction at K-12, university, and community levels. He has designed
and presented at numerous professional conferences, workshops and trainings and developed and
taught university graduate and undergraduate courses. In addition, he has provided training for
mediators and administrative hearing officers, as well as workshops on the implementation of
regulations and legislation to juvenile court workers, State and local agency personnel, parents
and educators. Spicknall has an MA in Special Education and PH.D in Special Education
Administration from Michigan State University. His doctoral cognate was in Communication
with emphasis on the Diffusion of Innovations. Dr. Spicknall has a continuing interest in
developing and facilitating the adoption of new ideas and practices in conflict management.
Angela Ugran, M.P.A., M.A., Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cuyahoga Community
College’s Eastern Campus, worked in the in the field of human resources and in the non-profit
community before coming to the college. She volunteers for ongoing programs with the
Cleveland Metroparks, The Cleveland Council of World Affairs Model United Nations Program,
and The Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s We The People and Project Citizen high
school programs. Her professional interests are centered on student success and cultivating
participation in the U.S. democratic system. Professor Ugran’s primary interest in the U.S.
political system maintains a policy and administrative, as opposed to a political focus. Her
teaching style embodies the principles of Conflict Management and Peace Studies as she is
steadfastly committed to supporting and cultivating the principles of justice, fairness and equity
and hopes to inspire the same within her students.
Emily J. Weglian, Ph.D., Professor, Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, earned
her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1994 with a double major in Anthropology and
German. She completed both her Master’s and PhD at the University of Minnesota in
Anthropology. Weglian began her teaching career at the University of Minnesota, and held
positions at Century College, Metro State University, and Augsburg College. In 2006 she began
teaching at Cuyahoga Community College. She teaches three of the four subfields of
Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology, but her
specialty is Archaeology. Her Master’s research focused upon mortuary studies of peoples in the
End Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in Southwestern Germany, and her dissertation analyzed
variation in burial patterns between Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain and the burials of
the British in the Colonial period in the Chesapeake region of North America. Her current
archaeological research explores the Archaeology of emotion in British and American folk
songs. Dr. Weglian’s interest in the history of race and racial interactions in the United States
and a general interest in the political and social aspects of diversity led to her interest in Conflict
and Peace studies.
Susan W. Lohwater, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English as a Second Language at
Cuyahoga Community College. She is currently the coordinator of the ESL Department at the
Western Campus, and the faculty advisor for the International Club and the Student Peace
Alliance. Formerly, she was the advisor to the Environment Club (T-CEAG) and an interim
advisor to the Lambda Gay-Straight Alliance. Dr. Lohwater coordinates the Conversation
Connection Program and is the current editor for ESL Voices, a publication for ESL students.
She serves on the advisory committee to Global Issues Resource Center and on the Board of
Trustees for The International Services Center in Cleveland. She is a member of the Honor
Society of Phi Kappa Phi and TESOL. Other activities include coordinating the The Tri-
C Community Garden at the western campus, supporting the creation of the Conflict Resolution
and Peace Studies Certificate, teaching the western campus inaugural class of the Robert
L. Lewis Academy of Scholars and hosting sessions at two GIRC International Conferences on
Conflict Resolution.. She also participated in the US Institute of Peace faculty devlopment
workshop in 2008. Dr. Lohwater has a BA in Russian and a BA in Psychology; an MA in
Russian and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her PhD is in Russian
Literature. Dr. Lohwater is focused on nurturing intercultural and interfaith understanding on
campus and in the community.
Sonja Siler, Ph.D. has been teaching Political Science since 1993. She began her teaching
career at Temple University in Philadelphia where she received her Ph.D. with specializations in
public policy and government program evaluation. Her dissertation focused on the use of
deliberation as a means by which conflict can be mediated both at the Congressional level and at
the level of citizen engagement.
Dr. Siler taught abroad in Thailand where she served as a graduate faculty member in the M.A.
program in Organizational Leadership for Eastern University. There she taught leaders of
international NGO’s skills for program evaluation. She has taught at John Carroll University and
at Cuyahoga Community College for five years. Dr. Siler is responsible for the establishment of
a new Political Science department at Ursuline College, having designed the major and minor
and developing the curriculum. As an administrator she has written and administered million-
dollar multi-year federal grants. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Siler holds a B.A. from the
University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She has a keen
interest in the role culture plays in conflict resolution issues.
Elizabeth Clark Wuerz, M.A., is the Program Coordinator of the Global Issues Resource
Center. Previously, she worked for Facing History and Ourselves in Cleveland and Boston, an
education non-profit that produces classroom resources for middle and high school students in an
effort to cultivate a sense of civic responsibility. She is a graduate from the Fletcher School at
Tufts University in Boston with a Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus in
International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Human Security. Her prior work
experience includes working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) both in
Cyprus and in New York where she worked on conflict resolution and peacebuilding
programming including facilitating training sessions on conflict management, negotiation and
mediation for UN Police and UNDP staff, researching material for a new citizen security
initiative in Central America, and supporting further development of a democratic dialogue
handbook. Her experience also includes working on economic community development projects