John B. Stephens

John B. Stephens

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


John B. Stephens is co-author with Ricardo S. Morse of the E-PARCC simulation, “City Park: Community Collaboration and Rotating Facilitator Exercise,” which received an honorable mention in the Best Teaching Simulation Competition in 2012. This simulation gives students the opportunity to act as facilitators of a community group attempting to reach consensus. This requires students to understand stakeholders’ interests and values, identify challenges and strategic responses, and achieve agreement on methods of communication, monitoring, and adaptations. 

John Stephens joined the School of Government in 1996. Previously, he was research director of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. His publications include Guidebook to Public Dispute Resolution in North Carolina and Public Management Bulletin: Using a Mediator in Public Disputes. He is co-author of Reaching for Higher Ground: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities and School Funding Disputes: Mediate, Don't Litigate. Stephens also teaches in the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University. Stephens serves on the steering committee of the University Network for Collaborative Governance. Stephens earned a BA from Earlham College, a Master of Philosophy from The City University, London, and a PhD from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.