National Peace Academy
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.