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About Alexia S. Georgakopoulos

Alexia Georgakopoulos, Ph.D., is currently a Professor in the Department of Conflict Studies at Nova Southeastern University where she advises and teaches masters and doctoral students. Dr. Georgakopoulos has previously taught at three other premiere universities, which most recently included Arizona State University. She is the Director of the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication (, a premiere mediation and conflict resolution training, consulting firm specializing in delivering educational training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Certification to the public. She delivers Florida Supreme Court Mediation Certification and continuing mediation education.

She is the Editor of the Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research, and Practice that has recently been published by Routledge Publishers in 2017. The handbook is the most contemporary handbook of mediation in the field and it features nearly 60 thought leaders, forefront authorities, and notable practitioners in the fields of mediation, peace studies, justice, human rights, and conflict resolution. Many contributors are pioneers in the field. This work is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration that Dr. Georgakopoulos organized with participating scholars and practitioners from various universities, centers, and organizations that included, but was not limited to the following: John Hopkins University, American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Harvard, University of California, Mediators Beyond Border, NGOs, the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation, William D. Ruckelshaus Center as well as governmental agencies like the U.S. Military Academy, and the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to name a few. The handbook features ways that mediation can be applied to a range of spectrums, including new age settings, relationships, organizations, institutions, communities, environmental conflicts, and intercultural and international conflicts. The text is informed by cogent theory, state-of-the-art research, and best practices to provide the reader with a well-rounded understanding of mediation practice in contemporary times. More about the book can be found at

As a professor, trainer, researcher, practitioner, and world-class expert in mediation and conflict resolution with two decades of work in the field, she is a nationally and internationally sought out speaker and trainer. She was interviewed and appeared on NBC’s Today Show to discuss peace in a diverse world.

Dr. Georgakopoulos is a practicing mediator in diverse forms of mediation (family, corporate, environmental, and multinational mediation) as well as a facilitator, arbitrator, dispute systems designer, conflict coach, and peacebuilder in both domestic and international contexts. She served as part of the Middle East Initiative Group of the Mediators Beyond Borders (working with the Israeli and Palestinian conflict), facilitated a Foreclosure Summit in Florida during the financial housing crisis, worked as a facilitator with a House Representative who was charged by the White House to address policy issues concerning Climate Change and National Security, and she continues to train thousands of mediators throughout the world in classroom and training contexts. She received a Quality of Life Grant to design the Youth Peace Leadership Mentorship Program titled READING PEACE PALS for youth organizations including the Boys and Girls Club. The program focused on training youth to be Peace Ambassadors and she plans to roll out this program on national and international levels. She has worked with Nonprofits like the Children’s Movement of South Florida Organization to promote and aid in their advocacy of children initiatives, legislation, issues, and programs. Also, she works closely with the South Florida Crime Commission to promote safer communities with her work on workplace bullying, community policing, illicit narcotics, and at risk youth programs. She was the lead facilitator at the Annual Narcotics Conference in 2015 and presented official questions for the distinguished panel of leading experts in narcotics such as FBI officers, senior law enforcement officials, and directors of hospitals in South Florida. She is an authority on Conflict Management Systems, Adult Workplace Bullying and Workplace Wellness/Safety, and along with her research in this area, she regularly delivers training workshops on these topics for organizations. She was featured among the leading experts on workplace bullying on the panel at the Annual Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment by the Broward Crime Commission.

She is committed to providing service in the community and as such she is the Director of the Conflict Resolution Community of Practice Working Group, which is a Department of Conflict Studies’ Working Group devoted to a movement for Positive CHANGE in Communities. She welcomes anyone with a passion to promote change in communities to join. Further details of past and present programs are provided on the website.
Dr. Georgakopoulos conducts extensive research in conflict resolution and works as a professional practitioner, trainer, and conflict resolution specialist in the following contexts: multinational organizations, school systems, healthcare organizations, family systems, governmental agencies, religious organizations, community-based organizations, and international organizations. She delivers a wide range of alternative dispute resolution programs. She is committed to offering quality educational programs to her students.


2018 - Present Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
2009 - 2018 Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
2003 - 2009 Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
1998 - 2001 Graduate Instructor, Arizona State University ‐ Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
1996 - 1998 Adjunct Instructor, University of West Florida ‐ Department of Communication Arts
1996 - 1998 English as a Foreign Language Instructor, University of West Florida ‐ Department of International Programs
1994 - 1996 Graduate Instructor, Illinois State University ‐ Department of Communication

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, Internal Review Committee for Occupational Therapy Program, Nova Southeastern University
2016 - Present Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Workplace Health Management
2016 - Present Editorial Board Member, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research
2009 - Present Member, Middle East Initiative Group of the Mediators Beyond Borders
2007 - Present Committee Member, Quality Enhancement Plan Diversity Component Committee, Nova Southeastern University
2006 - Present Member, Admissions Committee, DCAR Program, Nova Southeastern University
2004 - Present Member, Faculty Search Committee For College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, NSU
2003 - Present Co-Developer, Conflict Resolution Studies Program, Nova Southeastern University
2003 - Present Board Member, Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies
2003 - Present Member, Peace and Research Foundation
Present Member, Association of Conflict Resolution
Present Director, Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication
Present Member, International Communication Association
Present Member, National Communication Association
2017 Editor, Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research, and Practice
2015 Lead Facilitator, Annual Narcotics Conference of 2015
2010 - 2011 Member, Internal Review Committee for DCAR Ph.D. Program, Nova Southeastern University
2008 - 2011 Director, SHSS Faculty-Department Wide Meetings for the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science
2006 - 2009 Quality Enhancement Plan Co-Director, The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science Programs
Facilitator, Foreclosure Summit
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Honors and Awards

  • (2008) Faculty Recognition Award, Nova Southeastern University
  • (2006) Faculty Recognition Award, Nova Southeastern University
  • (2001) Graduate Research Support Program, Arizona State University


2003 Ph.D. Communication, Arizona State University ‐ College of Public Programs
1996 M.S Communication, Illinois State University
1994 B.S Psychology and Communication, Illinois State University
1994 B.S Psychology and Communication, Curtin University of Technology ‐ Exchange Program (Illinois State University)

Contact Information

Nova Southeastern University
Halmos College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
3301 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314



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Manuscripts and Articles Published (29)