Coordination & Leadership

The IIPE is coordinated via a secretariat that is currently housed at The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

The secretariat is comprised of two team members: the Managing Director and the Education Director.

Advisory support is provided by the IIPE Founding Director (emeritus) and a Transnational Advisory Group of peace education experts, former IIPE hosts, and longtime community members.

Tony Jenkins, Managing Director

Tony Jenkins

Tony Jenkins

Tony Jenkins PhD has 15+ years of experience directing and designing peacebuilding and international educational programs and projects and leadership in the international development of peace studies and peace education. Tony is currently an adjunct professor of justice and peace studies at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and George Washington University. Since 2001 he has served as the Managing Director of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and since 2007 as the Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE). Professionally, he has been: Director, Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo (2014-16); Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Peace Academy (2009-2014); and Co-Director, Peace Education Center, Teachers College Columbia University (2001-2010). In 2014-15, Tony served as a member of UNESCO’s Experts Advisory Group on Global Citizenship Education.

Tony has significant experience designing and developing academic programs in peace studies and peace education including the MA Programme in Peace Education at the UN mandated University for Peace; Peace Studies Major and Minor at The University of Toledo; and Graduate Certificate Programs in Peace Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (NYC and Tokyo campuses).

His applied research is focused on examining the impacts and effectiveness of peace education methods and pedagogies in nurturing personal, social and political change and transformation. He is also interested in formal and non-formal educational design and development with special interest in teacher training, alternative security systems, disarmament, and gender.

Tony has taught graduate and undergraduate peace studies and peace education at: Teachers College Columbia University (New York and Tokyo); Jaume I, Castellon, Spain; University for Peace, Costa Rica; The University of Toledo, Ohio; and Georgetown University, George Mason University, and George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Janet Gerson, Education Director

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Janet Gerson

Janet Gerson (Ed.D. Columbia University), peace researcher and peace educator, is Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE). She is the winner of the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association Graduate Student Paper Award for her dissertation Public Deliberation on Global Justice: The World Tribunal on Iraq. She was Co-Director of the Peace Education Center, Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City (2001- 2010) where she taught peace education and conflict courses. Specializing in political theory, peace education and conflict processes, she has worked internationally as a conference programming coordinator and consultant, curriculum designer, mediator, presenter, and educator.

Her publications include contributions to In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Eds., Coleman, Deutsch, & Marcus), GCPE Newsletter, Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a Culture of Peace (Reardon & Cabezudo), Theory into Practice, Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, and Holistic Education. She is on the Editorial Board of In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice.

Betty A. Reardon, Founding Director Emeritus

Betty Reardon

Betty Reardon

Dr. Betty A. Reardon has made significant and lifelong contributions to peace education in the United States and abroad. The global peace education movement has been profoundly influenced in substance and methodology by her influential publications, her ability to create and sustain successful institutions and networks, and her personal leadership.

The founder of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University, Dr. Reardon has influenced thousands of teachers and students in the methods of and approaches to peace education. She has taught at universities around the world, and has broad experience both in formal school settings and in non-formal community-based education programs. During her long career, Dr. Reardon has advanced peace and global citizenship education through an integrated focus on human security, sustainable development, human rights, ecology and gender.

Her most significant professional achievement—establishing the International Institute on Peace Education— received special honorary mention from the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. Dr. Reardon is the winner of the 2010 Sean McBride Peace Prized awarded by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, among other accolades. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, Dr. Reardon is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in peace education theory and pedagogy.

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