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CACM Director Wins Fulbright Scholar Award

Posted Apr. 20, 2010


Dr. Patrick G. Coy, Director and Associate Professor at the Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) of Kent State University, has won a Fulbright Scholar Award to Botswana for academic year 2010-11. Dr. Coy will be posted at the University of Botswana in Gabarone.

An expert on conflict management, Professor Coy will be researching the development of community-based, collaborative conservation policies in Botswana from a conflict management perspective. He intends to connect this to his ongoing research into the public participation aspects of white-tailed deer management policies in Northeast Ohio park systems and municipalities.

Dr. Coy will also be assisting the University of Botswana in developing a curriculum in peace and conflict studies. Kent State's Center for Applied Conflict Management was established in 1971 as "living memorial" to the KSU students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a protest against the US war on Vietnam and Cambodia. Now enrolling over 1,100 students in its Applied Conflict Management courses per year, CACM is one this country's largest and most highly-regarded programs in peace and conflict studies.

"I am very pleased and honored by this award and the opportunities it presents. I look forward to learning about conflict resolution from the Botswanan point of view, and also to sharing some of the strategies we have used here to make Kent State University a leading center in peace and conflict studies."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.