|November 2003 - July 2021||Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Department of Conflict Resolution|
|July 2015 - July 2020||Dean, Nova Southeastern University ‐ College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences|
|June 1999 - July 2015||Dean, Nova Southeastern University ‐ School of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|October 1998 - July 1999||Chair and Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution|
|May 1997 - May 1998||Chair, Antioch University ‐ Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution|
|January 1994 - July 1998||Core Faculty, Antioch University ‐ Conflict Resolution|
|November 1991 - January 1994||Research Associate, Emory University ‐ Conflict Resolution Programs at the Carter Presidential Center|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2016 - Present||Editorial Board Member, Lexington Book Series for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia||2012 - Present||Senior Advisory Editor, Peace and Conflict Studies||2009 - Present||Editorial Board Member, The Qualitative Report||2006 - Present||Co-Founder, NSU's Inclusion and Diversity Council||2003 - Present||Editorial Board Member, American Review of China Studies||1995 - Present||Founding Member, Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the U.S. (ACPSS)||2000 - 2021||Editorial Board Member, Conflict Resolution Quarterly||2014 - 2016||Co-founder and President, Council of Chinese American Deans & Presidents||2003 - 2012||Editor-in-Chief, Peace and Conflict Studies||1992 - 2002||Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology||1998 - 2001||Former Leadership Council Member, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)||1987 - 1988||President, Florida Eta Chapter of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences at USF|
Honors and Awards
- Innovative Leadership in Higher Education Award from the Florida Distance Learning Association (2021)
- University Finalist of NSU Executive of the Year in Student Life Achievement (2011, 2014, 2018, 2020)
- CCADP Recognition Award (2018)
- Recognition for the Dean's Commitment to Students by the CAHSS Student Government Association (2007)
- NSU Academic Dean of the Year (2002)
- Campus Nominee of NSU Administrator of the Year in Inaugural Student Life Achievement Awards (2000)
- SOCHE Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (1998)
- Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Department of Anthropology, USF (1997)
- Outstanding Instructor of the Year at the Heilongjiang Provincial Health Administrators' Institute, China (1983)
- Foundations of Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
- Reflective Practice, Experiential Learning, Internship, and Practicum
- Ethnographic Methods
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives to Peace and Conflict Resolution
|1991||Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida|
|1986||M.J., Sociology and Social Psychology, Nankai University|
Conceptualizing Trust: A Holistic Chinese View to Bridge Divergences and Dichotomies Chinese Journal of Communication (2014)
This research study seeks to understand and describe how people in a Chinese society define trust in daily life. Employing a qualitative phenomenological method, data were obtained through in-depth interviews with 14 adult Chinese individuals ...
Editor’s Reflections: Developing New Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies Peace and Conflict Studies (2005)
Excerpt The field of peace and conflict studies has grown remarkably around the globe over the past few decades. In this new millennium, there will be a greater number of educational offerings being considered or ...
Editor’s Reflections: Academic Indigenization Peace and Conflict Studies (2004)
Excerpt The movement for academic indigenization has been growing swiftly in the social science fields over recent decades. From a historical, sociological perspective, for example, Lee (2000) recognizes that Western social sciences were implanted in ...
Editor’s Reflections: Peacemaking among Helping Parties Peace and Conflict Studies (2003)
Excerpt I would like to take this opportunity to initiate a dialogue over some issues of conflict management among ourselves as third parties or helping professionals. The challenges of managing interpersonal conflicts or performing internal ...
The Disputing Process: An Ethnographic Study of a Homeowners Association Mediation Quarterly (1995)
This article is based on a year-long fieldwork in Florida. It examines an institutionalised structure involving the common property managed by a homeowners association where dispute resolution mechanisms are in demand. The ethnographic case materials ...
Lessons from the Field of Intra-National Conflict Resolution Notre Dame Law Review (1992)
Excerpt Conflict is an inevitable fact in human social interaction. However, in different cultures and societies, there are various ways to settle conflicts such as litigation, arbitration, avoidance, adjudication, toleration, negotiation, divination, feuding, and mediation.' ...
Books and Book Contributions (5)
Co-Payment of a Traffic Ticket Conflict Resolution Studies Faculty Book and Book Chapters (2003)
Three Chinese families (including mine) resided near the university where we adults were going to graduate school. We got along well and often watched one another’s children during classes. For the summer break, we decided ...
Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution CAHSS Faculty Books and Book Chapters (1996)
Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution consists of ten essays that make vividly apparent the variety of ways that anthropological approaches and perspectives can be of practical worth in the resolution of conflicts. The essays represent ...
“Soft Power” in Academic Leadership Conflict Resolution Studies Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, and Lectures (2015)
This roundtable discussed practicing multilateralism on campus regarding resources, incentives, role modeling, peer influence, comparable benchmarks, marketplace dynamics, and legislative mandates.
Developing Multidisciplinary Curriculums Conflict Resolution Studies Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, and Lectures (2014)
The call for more multidisciplinary curriculum initiatives has been forthcoming. How to address challenges related to this effort will be the focus. Participants will be part of the roundtable about some of the accrediting and ...