Dr. Joseph Folger

Joseph P. Folger PhD.

Department Chairperson of Policy, Organizational & Leadership Stuides
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Ritter Annex 229 
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone/fax: (215) 204-1890 / (215) 204-6013

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin/Madison, Communication Sciences
  • MA University of Wisconsin/Madison, Communication Sciences
  • BS Northwestern University, Speech Communication
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Conflict processes in group, organizational and interpersonal settings
  • Mediation and third party intervention procedures
  • Group decision-making processes and team development
Recent Scholarship


Transformative Mediation: A Sourcebook; Resources for Conflict Intervention

 Practitioners and Programs. Joseph P. Folger, Robert A. Baruch Bush, & Dorothy
 Della Noce (Eds.), Association for Conflict Resolution and The Institute for the Study
 of Conflict Transformation, 2010.
Working Through Conflict: Strategies for Relationships, Groups and Organizations. Joseph P. Folger, M.S. Poole and R.K. Stutman NY: Longman/Pearson, 7th Edition, 2013.
The Promise of Mediation (New and Revised Edition). R.A.B. Bush & Joseph P.Folger. San Francisco CA: Jossey Bass, 2005. (Translated into Russian, German, Spanish,Italian, Swedish, and Slovenian) 

Folger, J. P. and Bush, R. B. B. (Eds.) Designing Mediation: Approaches to Training and Practice within a Transformative Framework. NY: Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 2001.

Folger, J. P. Mediation Research: Studying Transformative Effects. Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, 18:2, 2001

Folger, J. P., Poole, M. S., and Stutman, R. K. Working through Conflict: Strategies for Relationships, Groups and Organizations (4th edition). NY: Addison, Wesley, Longman, 2001.

Folger, J. P. and Bush, R. B. B. Transformative Mediation and Third Party Intervention: Ten Hallmarks of Transformative Practice. Mediation Quarterly, 13:4, 1996.

Bush, R. B. and Folger, J.P. The Promise of Mediation. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1994.

Published Articles/Book Chapters

Joseph P. Folger (2016). Transforming Team Interactions: Using the Transformative

Mediation Framework for Team Building. In J. Waldeck & David Seibold(Eds.)Consulting that Matters: A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners (pp.171-196) . NY:Peter Lang.
Joseph P. Folger & Robert Baruch Bush (2015). Transformative Mediation: Fur den Erhalt des besonderen Potenxials von Mediation in Verschiedenen Konflikt-Settings. Konfliktdynamic 3/4 pp.274-283 (First edition of this article was published in Spanish in 2008 in Revista de Mediacion.)
Robert A. Baruch Bush & Joseph P. Folger (2015). Reclaiming Mediation's Future: Refocusing on Party Self-Determination Cordozo Journal of Conflict Resolution,Volume 16, 201-213.
Joseph P. Folger & Robert A. Baruch Bush (2014). Transformative Mediation: A Self-Assessment. International Journal of Conflict Engagement
and Resolution, Volume 2 (1), 20-34.
"Who Decides What in Mediation? Making Space for Difference," John Peter Weldon, Joseph P. Folger & Robert Baruch Bush. Canadian
 Arbitration and Mediation Journal, 22 (1) 71-88, 2013.
"A Response to Condlin's Critique of Transformative Mediation," Robert A. Baruch Bush & Joseph P. Cordozo School of Law Journal of Conflict Resolution, 15(1), 231-241, 2013.
"Transformative Mediation: A Self- Assessment," Joseph P. Folger & Robert A. Baruch Bush. International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution, 2 (1) 20-34, 2013.
“Mediation and Social Justice: Risks and Opportunities” Robert A. Baruch Bush & Joseph P. Folger. Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 27 (1)1-52, 2012.


Presentation of Spanish translation of Transformative Mediation: A Sourcebook at theUniversity of Allicante Law School, Allicante Spain, March 1st, 2016

"Transformative Mediation: Why There will Never Be a Reality TV Show" Keynote address Conflict Resolution Conference Colorado Springs CO, October 15th, 2015 Understanding Transformative Mediation: Theory and Practice,Sao Paulo, Brazil Aug 17-18-19th and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 20-21-22, 2014

Transformative Mediation: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Buenos Aires Argentina, August 25-26-27th , 2014.
Transformative Mediation: Theory and Practice, Copenhagen Denmark, March 5-6-7, 2015
Transformative Practice and Personal Lives: What does Relational Theory Do To Us and For Us? Presentation at the international conference on transformative mediation
"Mediation, Communication and Dialogue" Amsterdam, The Netherlands,June 12, 2015.
Transformative Mediation: Theory and Practice. Training event for 200 practicing mediators in Buenos Aires, Argentina. August, 19-23, 2013.
Keynote address at the second annual congress on transformative mediation, "Historical Trends of Mediation Practice and the Transformative Revolution", Rome Italy, June 10, 2013
Presentation and Training on Transformative Mediation: “Transformative Mediation: Purpose Drives Practice,” Instituto de Mediacao e Arbitragem do Brazil, May 10-15, 2013.
“The Application of Transformative Mediation” Presentation given to the Canadian Association of Alternative Justice Association, Montreal Canada, October. 25th
Keynote address at the Ukrainian Mediation Conference “Modern Practice of Mediation:
Types, Techniques and Approaches,” Odessa, Ukraine; September 21st, 2012.
Keynote address on Transformative Mediation: Core Principles & Practice” at the Congreso Mundial de Mediacion VII; Bello Horizonte, BrazilAugust 26, 2012.
“The Application of Transformative Mediation” Presentation given to the Association of Alternative Justice, Montreal Canada, October 2012.
“Transformative Mediation: Purpose and Practice” Training delivered for QUADRA, Milan Italy, October, 2012.