PARCC Director and Staff


PARCC Director Catherine Gerard Catherine Gerard   
 Director, Program for the Advancement of Research
    on Conflict and Collaboration
 Associate Director, Executive Education Programs
 Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
 Maxwell School of Syracuse University
 400 Eggers Hall,  Syracuse, NY  13244
 (315) 443-2756


Catherine M. Gerard serves as Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Associate Director of Executive Education Programs, and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In her role as Director of PARCC, she oversees an internationally known center for theory-building and practice in conflict analysis and resolution. Her focus is research, education, and practice of managers and students in the skills of collaborative leadership and change.  She is co-editor of Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformations (Forthcoming 2019) and co-author of "Understanding the Link Between Collaboration and Better or Worse Relations: The View from Public Administration,” in Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse (2018), of which she is a co-editor.  As Associate Director of Executive Education, she oversees the Executive degree programs and develops and instructs executive education programs for domestic and international customers. Before joining Syracuse in 1995, she was Assistant Director for the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations where she led a consulting and training organization that designed and implemented an award-winning statewide management training and organizational effectiveness system. Throughout her 13-year state government career, she specialized in assisting agency leaders with organizational change efforts and in the developing system-wide training programs.  In addition, Ms. Gerard served as adjunct faculty member at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at SUNY Albany.

Ms. Gerard teaches leadership and collaborative management for managers at many levels.  Her graduate courses in leadership, group conflict, and conflict fundamentals at the Maxwell School are targeted for mid-career managers from public and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.  She has recently conducted leadership training for executives in New York State government, the United States government, and officials from China, Thailand, and India.  Ms. Gerard co-developed and delivered a workshop, entitled, “Leadership and Learning,” for almost 8,000 managers in federal and New York State agencies. 

Ms. Gerard consults with public and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, leadership/management, organizational change, team-building and conflict resolution.  Her current research project focuses on collaboration as a strategy for leaders in the federal sector.  Ms. Gerard holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MPA from the Rockefeller College, and has completed substantial graduate work in the field of education.


Office Coordinator, is responsible for administering the Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict and Collaboration and for coordinating daily functioning of the PARCC office suite. She collaborates with the Director to plan events, support faculty, publicize program activities, and organize and maintain the budget and records. Contact PARCC at: Phone 315.443.2367.