Tricia Jones Ph.D., (Ohio State University, 1985) is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Studies in the College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her teaching and research interests are in interpersonal, group and organizational conflict processes with special emphasis on conflict resolution education and social and emotional learning programs for regular and special needs populations in K-16 institutions.
She has published over 50 articles and book chapters on conflict and conflict resolution education, and co-edited the volumes, New Directions on Mediation (Sage, 1994), Does It Work? The Case for Conflict Resolution Education in our Nations Schools (CRENet, 2000), and Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2003). She has authored Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span (Allyn & Bacon, 2008), Conflict Coaching: Conflict Management Strategies and Skills for the Individual (Sage, 2008) and Creating the 21st Century Classroom: Communicating for Classroom and Conflict Management (McGraw-Hill).
Dr. Jones is the Project Director of the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project funded for a total of $1.25 million dollars by the U.S. Department of Education’s FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education), the George Gund Foundation, the JAMS Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. CRETE is a collaboration between teacher education programs in six institutions, state agencies supporting conflict resolution education, and universities developing learning modules and platforms for dissemination of CRE resources for pre-service and in-service teachers. The CRETE mission is to educate pre-service teachers and mentor teachers/supervisers in urban education environments about conflict resolution education to help them create more constructive learning environments, develop students’ social and emotional competencies, and enable new teachers to succeed and sustain themselves in their profession. Dr. Jones’ previous research in conflict resolution education has been funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the United States Information Agency.
Dr. Jones is a member of the Peace Education Reference Group for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) that is developing an action agenda for conflict resolution education and peace education in thirteen global regions. Dr. Jones and colleagues co-chaired the Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Education work group of the GPPAC/United Nations summit on “The Role of Civil Societies in the Prevention of Armed Conflict” in July 2005, a conference at the UN Headquarters in New York attended by over 1,000 government and NGO representatives from more than 60 countries. GPPAC efforts are supported by the International Network for Conflict Resolution Education and Peace Education (INCREPE) of which she is a founding member. And in March 2007 and March 2008, Dr. Jones was a member of the facilitation team for International Summits on Conflict Resolution Education that were hosted by national and international partners including the Organization of American States and the United Nations Development Program.
Dr. Jones is the past-President (1996-1997) of the International Association of Conflict Management. She served as the Editor-in-Chief (2001-2007) of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, the scholarly journal of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Dr. Jones is the recipient of the 2004 Jeffrey Z. Rubin Theory to Practice Award from the International Association for Conflict Management.