Dorothy J. Della Noce, J.D., Ph.D., is a researcher, scholar and practitioner of conflict resolution who has participated in numerous cutting-edge initiatives to clarify the relationship between theory and practice. She recently completed a study on mediator profile information provided in court rosters. She has conducted a number of studies, with colleagues from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), on mediator practice competencies, and helped create performance-based testing protocols for transformative mediators. She was part of a team from the ISCT that conducted qualitative research on mediation programs in the State of Florida and for the United States Postal Service. She was a coordinator of the Practice Enrichment Initiative, a grant-funded project led by Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, to support mediation practice, training assessment, and policy-making. She was also a member of the Training Design Consultation Project, a grant-funded theory-to-practice initiative also led by Bush and Folger, devoted to the development of mediator training materials based on relational premises and transformative practice.
Dr. Della Noce is an experienced conflict resolution educator and trainer. She regularly presents a wide range of programs in partnership with non-profit and governmental agencies, courts, state mediation associations, and community mediation centers. Her presentations for national and international dispute resolution organizations, such as NMI, NIP, ACR, AFM, SPIDR and NCPCR, have received consistently high ratings. She has taught on the subjects of ADR, mediation, conflict analysis and intervention, communication theory and practice, research methods, and legal communication at such institutions as the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Hamline University, and The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. She currently teaches for James Madison University, School of Communication Studies, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she has been recognized as Professor of the Year three times. She also teaches select courses for Webster University in Leiden, the Netherlands, and Online for Jones International University.
Dr. Della Noce's articles have been published in the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Mediation Quarterly, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Negotiation Journal, and Communication Teacher. She is one of the original authors of the Supreme Court of Virginia's ADR Procedures Manual, and has also published numerous chapters in edited books. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Mediation Quarterly, and in the past was a member of the Editorial Board of Mediation Quarterly. She was also President of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) and President of the Virginia Mediation Network.
Dr. Della Noce currently resides in the Netherlands where, with Dr. Hugo Prein, she provides mediation services, communication coaching, and training in conflict intervention strategies through the Transformative Mediation Institute (www.transformative-mediation.com).