Dr. Sherrill Hayes (Ph.D., Newcastle University; M.S. & B.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is an educator, researcher, and practitioner who has been working in conflict management since 1999. His areas of teaching, research, and practice include: family, community, and organizational dispute resolution; designing and evaluating conflict management programs and policies; refugee resettlement; and children’s development in cultural contexts.
While in the UK from 2000-2003 he mediated all-issues divorces for two not-for-profit services and conducted a nation-wide research project on family mediation practice and policy. In 2004, he was hired as the first full-time Child Custody and Visitation Mediator for the 18th Judicial District in North Carolina in 2004, and two years later began practicing parenting coordination, a multi-faceted dispute resolution process designed for high conflict parenting disputes. From 2006-2012, Dr. Hayes was an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he continued to work with court-based dispute resolution and notably co-created and evaluated the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program, a partnership with the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department. His community work also encompassed working with issues of refugee resettlement, especially integration of refugee children into school and working with refugee community leaders.
In 2012, he moved to the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, where he serves as Director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) Program. Since arriving at KSU, Dr. Hayes has expanded his work internationally to provide training, workshops, and leading study abroad experiences in places such as Haiti, Ghana, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Germany. His research, program evaluation work, and MS/PhD student supervision has focused in the areas of refugee resettlement communities, the impact of resettlement on children, and the provision of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies. He has partnered since 2013 with the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education on the “Atlantic Promise” training, a fully immersive, 4-day, complex humanitarian emergency simulation training. In 2014, he began working with the Cox Family Enterprise Center as a conflict management specialist in the Family Business Clinic ™, which services family enterprises experiencing a wide range of challenges. Dr. Hayes is also on the Advisory Board and a program evaluator for Clarkston Families Decide, a community action initiative by CDF that empowers community members around early learning and education. His recent graduate teaching has included: Conflict Theory, Advanced International Mediation, Humanitarian Crisis Intervention, Dispute Systems Design, International Field Experience, and Conflict Management in Specified Environments.
Dr. Hayes is a registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in Civil and Domestic Mediation, a volunteer arbitrator with Better Business Bureau, is a member of the KSU Community Emergency Response (CERT) team, and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster 2016-2021 for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.