Employee Directory: Sharon Kniss
- BA Eastern Mennonite University 2006
- MA University of Notre Dame 2014
As a peacebuilding practitioner and trainer, Sharon is committed to building healthy and resilient communities which can prevent, end, and heal from violence. From small towns and urban centers in the U.S. to the Philippines and the U.K., Sharon has worked with diverse groups and individuals in their efforts for more peaceful communities.
As Director of Education and Training at KIPCOR (Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution), Sharon oversees the institute's diverse education and training activities across Kansas and beyond. Additionally, she provides leadership for the KIPCOR/Bethel College Conflict Resolution Certificate program and teaches courses for the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies minor at Bethel College.
Sharon has worked as a trainer for 10 years in the areas of conflict transformation, teambuilding and leadership, restorative justice, organizational and church conflict, and peace studies. Previously, Sharon taught as an adjunct professor at Goshen College (Goshen, IN), and offered training as a consultant in Indiana, Virginia, and the U.K.
As a practitioner, Sharon has worked extensively with non-profit and religious groups to transform and work with organizational conflict and change, providing skilled facilitation for reconciliation processes, strategic planning and design, teambuilding, and leadership coaching. Before moving to Kansas, Sharon also served as a board member with five different non-profit organizations in Virginia and Indiana. Sharon has also worked in restorative justice - coaching and training school implementation of restorative practices, and helping design and lead city-wide efforts for a diversified implementation of restorative justice in education, criminal justice, religious, and neighborhood contexts. Sharon has also been active in coaching and collaboration for community and city efforts to reduce violence and racial injustice. Sharon is a member of Cooperative by Design, LLC, a consortium of peacebuilding practitioners.
Sharon’s research areas have included civil society peacebuilding, police/military and civilian relations, transitional and restorative justice, business and cross-sector engagement in peacebuilding, and the juxtaposition of international and domestic (U.S.) peacebuilding - including in particular the efforts in post-violence reintegration and U.S.-based prisoner reentry.