Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Faculty Position in Peace and Conflict Studies

Conrad Grebel University College

The College is seeking to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Peace and Conflict Studies that involves undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarship, service, and community education.  The successful candidate will have general teaching and scholarship expertise in Peace and Conflict Studies or related fields, and preferably one or more of the following specific areas: civil society, restorative justice, conflict resolution, the theory and practice of nonviolence, Indigenous-settler conflict transformation, and social exclusion/anti-racism.  Experience with conflict transformation practice is an asset.  The preferred candidate will teach a range of undergraduate courses from introductory to advanced, as well as both core and elective courses in the graduate program.  As part of a small faculty team, the preferred candidate will also support the program’s administration and development, and engage with the College and its larger supporting communities.  

The appointment will begin July 1, 2021.  The College will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2020.  The College is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified persons.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Monday, August 10, 2020

MPACS Student Joins The Record's Community Editorial Board

Rebecca Chinamasa

Rebecca Chinamasa, a second-year Master of Peace and Conflict Studies student, recently became a member of The Record's Community Editorial Board for 2020-21. Chinamasa joined the MPACS program with a background in healthcare and passion to combine the theory and practice of peace and conflict studies with healthcare services.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Blog: Anti-racism includes unlearning the histories of the land

Marlene Epp

By Marlene Epp, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies

Marlene Epp is a professor of history and peace and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. She lives, works, and plays on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.


It is somewhat ironic that the Land Back Camp underway at Victoria Park is just a short walk from the Schneider Haus on Queen Street.

The Land Back Camp is where a group of local Indigenous activists began occupying a small area of the park on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). They are claiming land that was a traditional meeting ground for Indigenous peoples, used for trade, ceremony, and relationship building. The land was taken away by white colonizers and settlers, but in 1784 the Haldimand Tract (10 kilometres on each side of the Grand River from end to end) was granted by the British to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations), to support them in perpetuity.

Friday, June 19, 2020

PACS Professor Lowell Ewert Honoured with UWaterloo Teaching Award

Lowell talking to a student

Lowell Ewert, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, has been honoured with one of the four UWaterloo 2020 Distinguished Teacher Awards. This award celebrates exemplary instructors with a record of teaching excellence over an extended period. In addition to intellectual rigour, criteria for the award include impact beyond the classroom, concern for students, and a favourable and lasting influence on students and colleagues.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Blog: Finding Resilience through a Moral Imagination

Michelle Jackett

By Michelle Jackett

Michelle Jackett is a graduate of the Peace and Conflict Studies program (BA ’11) and holds an MA in Conflict Transformation, specializing in Restorative Justice (‘13). She currently works as Coordinator of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement and teaches Restorative Justice for PACS.


Did you know caterpillars turn to goop inside their cocoons before becoming butterflies? I learned this fun fact from Rebecca Solnit in her recent article “’The impossible has already happened': what coronavirus can teach us about hope.” More than a fun fact, the caterpillar’s transformation is an analogy.