Sherrill Hayes' 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 nationwide research project on family mediation practice and policy. In 2004, Hayes 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, 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.
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Areas of Expertise (9)
Young Alumnus Award (professional)
Awarded by the School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate (2016-2021) (professional)
Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate (2016-2021) in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Ph.D., Sociology & Social Policy (Family conflict resolution) 2005
Dissertation title: "Family mediation in the 21st century: Policy and practice in England and Wales"
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: M.S., Human Development and Family Studies 2000
Thesis: "Everyday activities of North American preschoolers and their fathers".
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: B.S., Human Development and Family Studies 1997
- North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Association for Conflict Resolution
Recent Papers (5)
There are many potential factors, both inside and outside a PC case, that influence the decisions that practitioners make when working with clients and, ultimately, on the results of the process...
This article discusses the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program, a partnership between the Program in Conflict and Peace Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the City of Greensboro's Human Relations Department. The program was developed through consultation with a wide range of local stakeholders to help landlords and tenants address and resolve disputes not falling under City and/or Federal Fair Housing guidelines...
This chapter examines the role of community engagement and the application of engaged scholarship for integrating and sharing the knowledge of practitioners, scholars, and students in peace and conflict studies. The core issues in PACS of social change, prevention of war and violence, and community impact are so inextricably linked together in scholarship, practice, and pedagogy that any attempt to divide them would be divisive to the development of the field...
When I was a child and later as a nursery school teacher, I had a favorite book featuring Grover from Sesame Street called The Monster at the End of this Book. Apart from being a wonderful metaphor for how humans attempt to use barriers to avoid self-discovery and difficult truths about themselves (Grover's the monster), it's also a nice introduction to this speech since there's a gorilla at the end of this speech...
This research project examined roles and functions of parenting coordinators (PCs) identified by AFCC's Guidelines for Parenting Coordination and other literature. The researcher used a semi-structured interview schedule that included information about practices, procedures, and a series of five case-based vignettes that contained commonly occurring ethical and legal dilemmas in PC practice...