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Kristin Famula, Director of Programs
Kristin earned an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), in Stadtschlaining, Austria.
Professional Experiences in Peacebuilding / Community Building
Kristin is Director of Programs for the National Peace Academy. Kristin also spent the past seven years in Colorado as the director of religious education at a Unitarian Universalist church. There she created innovative educational opportunities, including an all-ages program dedicated to service and social justice. Kristin also cocreated “Full Community”, a philosophy and vision for multigenerational congregations intentionally integrating the visions of all members into the community. In addition to her work developing peacebuilding and religious education programs, she also serves as a program leader for the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice and as the Director of Create Meaning Northern Nevada.
Kristin has worked on many community organizing and social justice projects throughout the United States and in Romania and Chile, including organizing around voter registration, election reform, safety and environmental impacts, and peacemaking.
Kristin’s publications include a guidebook for peacemaking in Religious Education, Peacemaking in Congregations: A Guide to Learning Opportunities for all Ages co-created by a national peacemaking working group, How to Build Peace Networks, Healing Societal Traumas and Transforming Collective Consciousness: A Path to a Culture of Healing, and The Construction of a Militarized Patriotism in the United States.
Tony Jenkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Tony Jenkins is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National Peace Academy and serves as the Global Coordinator of the International Institute on Peace Education and the Global Campaign for Peace Education. At the National Peace Academy, Tony oversees the development of formal and non-formal educational programs and a research agenda designed to promote and inquire into the conditions and learning and educational change strategies for nurturing positive peace.
Prior to joining the National Peace Academy, Tony was the Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University where he coordinated peace education research and program development nationally and internationally. He was the lead consultant for an international consortium of educators working to identify the substance of an advanced degree in Peace Education. From this consultation Tony developed the framework for the first Masters Programme in Peace Education offered in the world at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Tony has taught courses in peace education, human rights, disarmament education, and gender and peace at Teachers College, Columbia University’s New York and Tokyo Campuses; Jaume I University in Spain; and at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Tony’s current work and research interests focus on examining the impacts and effectiveness of peace education methods and pedagogies in nurturing personal, social, and political change and transformation.
Professional Experiences in Peacebuilding / Community Building
Tony has been the Global Coordinator of the International Institute on Peace Education since 2001. In 2006, collaborating with colleagues and peace educators from around the world, Tony conceived and launched “Community-Based Institutes on Peace Education,” or CIPE. CIPEs are communities of formal and non-formal educators who learn with and from each other to address and transform local manifestations of violence through education and active citizen participation. Successful CIPE communities have thus far been established in Colombia, India, Peru, Mindanao in the Philippines, Tanzania, and Ukraine. CIPEs uphold the model of a nonhierarchical and open learning community in which participants learn with and from each other, because of the understanding that social change is best pursued and sustained cooperatively and in community. Hence, it includes programmatic elements that foster this model: mutual sharing of ideas, experiences, practices and questions in plenary sessions and interactive workshops as well as sharing significant learnings with a reflection group.
Tony has also been the Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education since 2007. The Global Campaign for Peace Education seeks to foster a culture of peace in communities around the world by 1) building public awareness and political support for the introduction of peace education into all spheres of education, including non-formal education, in all schools throughout the world; and 2) promoting the education of all teachers to teach for peace.
(2009) Action Report: a National Peace Academy is established in the United States. Journal of Peace Education, 6(2), 247-250
(2008) The International Institute on Peace Education: Twenty-six Years Modeling Critical, Participatory Peace Pedagogy. InFactis Pax, 2(2)
(2008) “A Peace Education Response to Modernism: Reclaiming the Social and Pedagogical Purposes of Academia” in Jing Lin and Christa Bruhn (Eds.) Educators as Peacemakers: Transforming Education for Global Peace, Information Age Publishing.
(2007) Voices for Peace: Educators Respond to the Virginia Tech Shootings. Harvard Education Review, 77(3)
(2007) CIPE Organizer’s Manual: A Peace Education Planning Guide. New York: International Institute on Peace Education.
Jenkins, T., and Reardon, B. (2007) “Gender and Peace: Towards an Gender Inclusive, Holistic Perspective” in Galtung, J. and Webel, C. eds. Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies, New York: Routledge.
Pacini, V. and Jenkins, T. (2006) Peace Education for Disaster Risk Reduction: The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). ISDR Informs- Latin America and the Caribbean, no. 13, 2006. Accessed online (10/13/2006) at: http://eird.org/eng/revista/no_13_2006/art26.htm
(2006) Disarming the System, Disarming the Mind, Education for GCD. Peace Review, 18:361–368
(2005). The International Institute on Peace Education: Learning for Transformative and Structural Change. Journal of Peace Education, 2(2), 209-212.
(2003). Exhuming a UN for ‘We the Peoples.’ Peace Review, 15(4), 479-482.
Stephanie Knox Cubbon, Online Learning Manager
Stephanie Knox Cubbon is the Online Learning Manager for the National Peace Academy and the Peace Education Program Coordinator at Teachers Without Borders and a graduate of the UN-mandated University for Peace. While earning her Master of Arts in Peace Education at UPEACE, Stephanie began interning at Teachers Without Borders to develop its Peace Education program.
As TWB’s Peace Education Program Coordinator, Stephanie facilitates workshops and online courses in an effort to bring peace education training to teachers in as many classrooms and communities as possible. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Niger 2003-2005) and has extensive experience working and living internationally. She is also a certified yoga teacher.
Dot Maver, President
Dr. Dorothy Maver is President of the National Peace Academy, bringing a focus on peacebuilding and peacelearning to the USA. Her background as an educator and peacebuilder includes teaching and coaching at the high school and university levels, developing and facilitating courses and workshops with a focus on the application of spiritual principles in life, creating a culture of peace, community organizing, and designing experiences for community members to plan and implement their ideas for change.
Dot has served with Polaris Center, Denmark as International Faculty and USA/Australia Teacher Trainer. She assisted with the development of curriculum and the program for Transformational Kinesiology Teacher Certification, and taught in the USA, Germany, Denmark, and Australia. She was adjunct faculty at Norwich University, Vermont, the oldest private military college in USA where she developed and taught two courses in the Peace Corps and Service Leadership Department: Third World Perspectives, designed to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the issues of intercultural interaction, and World Community, raising awareness of diverse perspectives in the world community and cultures.
At the Graduate Institute, CT, USA she developed an intensive titled: Shifting from a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: a shared responsibility, shared leadership model, for master degree students who were strategizing their intentions and developing projects to transform their groups, organizations and communities.
Dot has designed and co-facilitated seminars and courses in the USA, UK, Australia, Denmark, USSR, New Zealand, Germany and Canada with a focus on philosophy and group work based on spiritual education, and she co-developed and co-taught a course on Inclusive Coalition Building at Woodbury College in Vermont, USA.
Dot’s early education experience was in New Jersey at the High School level teaching Health, Physical Education and Driver Education, and Coaching varsity softball, volleyball, bowling and field hockey. She also served as Adjunct Faculty at Kean College of New Jersey where she was a supervisor of student teachers and junior field experiences and taught education classes for physical education majors.
Professional Experiences in Peacebuilding / Community Building
In her work as a community organizer and peacebuilder, Dot’s keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. Utilizing a shared responsibility and shared leadership model (SR/SL) developed over thirty years, she brings together individuals and groups around a common purpose while creating a work environment that demonstrates right relationship in a culture of peace.
Over the past two years, as part of the core team creating a National Peace Academy, Dot played a leadership role in identifying the shared purpose, bringing together a multi-stakeholder group for a visioning summit and, one year later, a design summit. Presently Dot serves as Director of the National Peace Academy as the team strives to embody and reflect the principles and processes of peace, always working from purpose, in the spirit of cooperation, making decisions with an eye to the greater good, with a focus on right relationship. Dot is also a founder of, and member of the Leadership Council for, the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace, a movement striving to create infrastructures of peace, including a call for National Peace Academies.
Dot served as Executive Director of The Peace Alliance, building a grassroots lobbying effort in fifty states for the US Department of Peace Campaign while building a culture of peace within the organization and movement, utilizing her SR/SL model. Prior to that she served as National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President gathering diverse constituents from all over the country to work together around their individual and common interests.
Her work in community organizing includes a youth/adult partnership model. Dot presented at the Youth Power Summit in Minneapolis with over 100 youth from various states, helping facilitate the group effort to design community projects with a focus on business and the environment. As New Directions co-chair (with a high school student) in Northfield, Vermont she led a team that developed the second Kids Café in the USA, rebuilt the Northfield Youth Center, developed a Summer Program for youth of all ages, put Youth on Boards throughout the community, designed Youth Leadership Training and a Mediation Program, implemented an intergenerational music event: Summer on the Common, and provided opportunities for mentoring, all of which helped reduce violence and increase a sense of belonging in the community. She also served on a leadership team to save an elementary school by transforming it into a thriving community center.
Dot served on the planning and coordinating team for Share the Spirit of Peace Summits in Vermont, at the United Nations and in Sydney Australia. Each Summit focused on creating a Culture of Peace, and in Sydney all five political parties spoke in the spirit of cooperation about their vision of an Australia that works for everyone.
Kashtan, M., and Maver, D. (2008) Working for Peace without Recreating War. Tikkun Magazine 3(2), 30-32 and 64-65.
Maver, D., and Abkin, M. (2008) “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: The Case for Ministries and Departments of Peace” in Petit, P., ed. Earthrise: The Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century. Goi Peace Foundation.
Gang, P., Maver, D., and Meyerhof N., (1992) Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom, Dagaz Press.
DVD: The Maver Method: Secrets of Hitting Success (1988) (updated 2010) Self published.
Maver Method Articles and monthly column (Dr. Dot’s Corner) in Women’s FastPitch World, USA/international distribution (1986-94).
The Seven Rays, Educating with Purpose, a cable video designed to introduce a spiritual perspective into career counseling and life decisions (1992) Self published.
Spectrum Profiler, an instrument for vocational counseling, based on life purpose, computer disc with workbook, researched and developed in 1980s, now in fifth revision. Self published.
The Maver Method Skills Test Battery — included in a chapter in Practical Measurement in Physical Education and Sport, Barron, McGee & Tritschler, Department of Physical Education (1989).
Gang, P. and Maver, D., Personal and Spiritual Transformation, a pamphlet (1994).
Editor of two books by Merle Stubbs: Journey of a Lifetime: a group story (2001) and The Journey Continues (2002) Sydney Goodwill Unit of Service Limited.
- Maver, D., Who on Earth are We? a booklet (2000) Self published