Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation

Faculty

Garry Bailey, Ph.D.
Garry Bailey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
Dr. Bailey first came to ACU in 1982 as an undergraduate after spending a year doing mission work in Papua New Guinea. He teaches and consults in the areas of cultural conflict, organizational and church conflict, ethics, and negotiation and mediation. Dr. Bailey holds the following degrees: B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1985; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1994.

Joe L. Cope, J.D.
Joe L. Cope, J.D.
Executive Director, Associate Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
Joe moved to Abilene in 1986 to practice law with a banking law and commercial litigation firm. In 1989 he was invited to join the staff at ACU. He had a central role in designing the program and directs the semi-annual residency session. Dr. Cope holds the following degrees and certificates: B.A., Texas Tech University,1977; J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1986; Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2002.

Matthew Dodd, Ph.D.
Matthew Dodd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
Dr. Dodd has been with ACU since 2006. He works as a professor, student trainer, consultant and mediator. He has conducted training and speaking events in the area, in addition to his clinical experience as a therapist. Dr. Dodd holds the following degrees: B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1998; M.A. in Communication, Abilene Christian University, 2001; MMFT in Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian ¬†University, 2001; Ph.D. in Family Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2007.

Kipi Fleming, Ph.D.
Kipi Fleming, Ph.D.
Program Director, Assistant Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
Dr. Kipi Fleming has been involved in education since 1985, and she has been with Abilene Christian University since 2011. She served as an online course facilitator in the conflict resolution program and also worked as the practicum coordinator prior to joining the faculty in 2015. She volunteers as a mediator for the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center and teaches conflict resolution courses at her church. Dr. Fleming holds the following degrees: B.S. in Education, Abilene Christian University, 1985; M.A. in Conflict Resolution, Abilene Christian University, 2010; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2015.

Patty Wenetschlaeger, J.D.
Patty Wenetschlaeger, J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
Patty teaches advanced mediation courses at ACU. She brings extensive experience to the program from her work as a litigator in family law and background in psychology. Patty holds the following degrees: B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1996; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Abilene Christian University, 1998; J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law; Masters in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, 2002.

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