Neil Katz, Ph.D., came out of semi-retirement in 2009 to assume the role of Department Chairperson of Department of Conflict Resolution Studies after having served for over three decades as a professor and director or co-director of five different conflict resolution programs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Now, as a Professor in Conflict Resolution and Social Science, Dr. Katz teaches courses in Human Factors, Negotiation, and several electives in organizational conflict and covert and overt group dynamics.
Along with his Emeriti Faculty status and occasional teaching at Syracuse University, he serves as a visiting faculty member of McMaster University in Canada. He also continues consulting and training while serving as head of his own consulting firm, Dr. Neil Katz and Associates. In these capacities, he has worked with over 200 prestigious public and private sector organizations throughout the United States and abroad. In his consulting/training activities, Neil mentors numerous CRS students who serve as assistant coaches/trainers with his clients.
Dr. Katz has authored or co-authored (many with students) over 40 books, book chapters and articles, and recently served as one of the head researchers on a 600 page research report with recommendations to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) and then to the United States Congress on The Nature and Value of Ombudsmen in Federal Agencies. Among Dr. Katz's awards and honors, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award from the Syracuse Community for his career-long commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution and the principles embodied in Dr. King's life and work, and the 2016 William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution from the Association for Conflict Resolution, the major professional organization in our area of scholarship and practice.