Adjunct Instructor

Dennis GingrichContact:


BA, University of Western Ontario, 1983

BA, University of Western Ontario, 1984

Ontario Teacher's Certification, University of Western Ontario, 1984

MA, University of Waterloo, 1990

MA, Eastern Mennonite University, 2012

Scholarly and Professional Activities:

Mental Health Advisory Committee, Waterloo Catholic District School Board (2013-present)

Chair, Safe Schools Committee, Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (2012-2013)


Courses Taught

  • PACS¬†314: Conflict Resolution in Schools


With over 30 years in the field, Dennis clearly embodies the goal of PACS to combine practice with rigorous scholarship. He holds a BA in Education and Masters in Conflict Transformation with a focus on Restorative Justice. Dennis has also completed training as a Circle facilitator and trainer while at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. While holding an impressive level of education, it is his experience that truly enables him as a PACS instructor.

Dennis has worked in schools as a guidance counsellor and teacher. He has been on the Conrad Grebel Board, the originating committee for Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere (WAYVE), and on the MCC Native Concerns Committee. Currently a consultant for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, he is called in to work with both individual students and school administration. Here he is able to develop conflict and peer mediation training within schools. He is able to apply his knowledge and gifts at Community Justice Initiatives (CJI), in the schools, and now at Conrad Grebel as well.

Within the Peace and Conflict Studies department, Dennis shares his expertise through teaching PACS 314: Conflict Resolution in Schools. Here he passes on to students how the concepts of Restorative Justice work within the school system. He also uses this as a platform for Restorative Justice as a worldview and a means to deal with people and conflict.

University of Waterloo

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