Faculty

Faculty change from year to year.  The following individuals are representative of those who have taught regularly in the past:

BridgetBridget Nzeyimana Butt  holds a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies (MAPS) and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies.  She has more than 15 years experience working in support of local initiatives for peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  Bridget has extensive training experience in Conflict Analysis, Conflict Transformation, Transformative Mediation, Alternatives to Violence (AVP), Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Peace Theology.  She has been working as Program Director for Change Agents for Peace International (CAPI) from 2006 through 2011.  Bridget has provided consulting services to local and international peace organizations including International Alert and Interpeace and has taught at GLPI for the past 7 years.  

Carl Stauffer is assistant professor of development and justice studies at Eastern Mennonite University. For 15 years prior to coming to EMU, Dr. Stauffer worked as a project director and co-founder, lead facilitator, trainer, and curriculum designer for peacebuilding, justice and development initiatives in 20 countries across Africa, focusing on the application of transitional justice and developmental approaches to conflict prevention and post-violence reconstruction and reconciliation efforts at national and regional levels. He has worked with truth commissions, indigenous justice programs, and ex-combatant reintegration processes. Outside of Africa, Dr. Stauffer has worked in Cyprus, Israel/Palestine, the Philippines, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also brings North American domestic experience as a pastor working at development projects in disadvantaged urban communities and as executive director of a Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program. Dr. Stauffer holds a Ph.D. from KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.

GoparGopar Tapkida currently serves as the Regional Peace Adviser (RPA) for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in West and Central Africa. This position oversees and provides Peace- building technical support to MCC  and its peace-building partners and practitioners in Six countries – Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Congo DRC, Rwanda and Burundi.  He continue to facilitate interfaith connections in Nigeria and Chad and has been actively working as a major peacebuilding resource person for MCC and several peacebuilding organizations in Plateau State Nigeria since 2001. He has taught conflict resolution courses at ECWA Theological Seminary, Evangel Theological Seminary, and LAWNA Theological Seminary (all in Jos) as well Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU, USA. he has a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Transformation from EMU, USA; Pastoral Theology from ECWA Theological Seminary in Jos, Nigeria; and Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Jos. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jimmy Jimmy Juma Mulanda, PhD, holds a Doctoral degree in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Dr Juma is a Senior Lecturer at St. Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, where he contributed significantly to initiation and the development of Peace Studies program. He previously served as the Regional Peace Advisor for Southern Africa with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), where he resourced Country Representatives in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe on peace-building and justice. Prior to joining MCC, he worked as the Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Peace, Good Governance and Human Rights at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia where he organized international Seminars and annual commemorations events in Ndola of the life and legacy of the former General Secretary of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld. Dr. Juma specialises in peace-building, organisational and community reconciliation, trauma healing, human rights, good governance, electoral conflict management, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of former combatants (DDR) and post-war reconstruction, human rights and human security.

Joseph Sibusisu is a freelance peace educator based in  Swaziland. He received a Law degree from the University of Swaziland in 2003.  In 2005 he was certified in conflict resolution and peace studies. and has since been pursuing modules on peace studies with the University of Kwazulu Natal.  He coordinate peace initiatives and provide peace building trainings with various organizations in Swaziland and internationally, including  The Council of Swaziland churches, Swaziland Church forum, Swaziland Teachers association and the Africa Peace Network.