Praise for Our Conflict Transformation Training

As Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, I consider the training presented by Bill Lyons of the University of Akron an incredibly valuable piece of our program.  Each year, his session challenges our participants to change and grow, review and reconsider how they view conflict in their lives, personally and professionally. 

As we work to equip grassroots community leaders, we know that we would be far less effective without the thoughtful, thought provoking material presented by Dr. Lyons. People have conflict. Bill helps people understand the nature of conflict but more importantly how it can be harnessed and utilized as a productive force in our lives.  If your organization has people, your organization needs to hear from Bill Lyons.

John Hafford II
Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County

"Professor Lyons is a dynamic instructor who engaged the group through fun and insightful exercises and discussion. By the end of the workshop, I no longer feared conflict because I was better equipped with tools to manage it."

Hudson Action Together

One of the most powerful educational workshops we provided at the Step II Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter was a conflict management program offed by the University of Akron’s Center for Conflict Management. Dr. Lyons and his team provided ongoing group sessions to the adult residents who were often faced with conflicts and disagreements as a result of living in such confined quarters. The conflict management team provided the staff with tips on dissolving and mediating conflict, but more importantly, the facilitated group sessions allowed the residents to learn techniques to resolve conflict on their own.

Leanne Graham
Step II Shelter Manager
Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties

Recent Publications by CCM Faculty

matt book coverThe Heart of Religion
Matt Lee, Margaret Poloma, Stephen Post




book cover SBSSound-Bite Saboteurs: Public Discourse, Education, and the State of Democratic Deliberation
Julie Drew, William Lyons, Lance Svehla




PS cover photoPunishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education
William Lyons and Julie Drew




Food for Thought...

"Managing Hot Spots in the Classroom, by Lee Warren" (Derek Bok Center)

"White Privilege," Peggy McIntosh

"Thoughts on September 11th-October 15, 2001-Condemnation Without Absolutes," by Stanley Fish

Deadly Symbiosis: When Ghetto and Prison Meet and Mesh.” Loic Wacquant Punishment & Society, v3n1 2001, pp. 95-134.

Executing Hortons: Racial Crime in the 1988 Presidential Campaign,” Tali Mendelberg, Public Opinion Quarterly, v61:134-157 (1997).

Why Are Incarceration Rates So High?”  Michael Tonry, Crime & Delinquency v45 n4 October 1999, pages 419-437.

The Politics of Punishing: How Institutionalized Power, Activist Governance and Citizen Participation Matter to the Rise and Fall of Incarceration,” Vanessa Barker, Punishment & Society, 2006.

How Deliberation Affects Policy Decisions,” Jason Barabas, American Political Science Review, November 2004, v98n4, pp. 687-701.

Oven Bird’s Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injury in an American Community,” by David Engel, in Law & Society Review, v18n4, 1984, pages 551-582.

Why the ‘Haves’ Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change,” by Marc Galanter, in Law & Society Review, v9n1, 1974, pages 95-160.

Misperceptions, the Media, and the Iraq War,” by Steven Kull, Clay Ramsay, Evan Lewis, in Political Science Quarterly v118n4, Winter 2003-4, pages 569-98.

"Misinformation and the 2010 Election," Clay Ramsay, Steven Kull, Evan Lewis.  December 10, 2010.