Gerald (Jerry) Cormick is a principal of the CSE Group, a negotiation and dispute management consulting firm, and a senior lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He teaches courses through the Evans School Cascade Executive Programs on negotiation, consensus-building, conflict resolution, mediation, labor management, and communication.
Cormick has more than 35 years of internationally recognized experience as a mediator and facilitator in scores of complex disputes in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, including timber harvest plans, airport noise, transportation policy, water rights determinations, healthcare delivery policy, and development of health and safety regulations. He has served as a professor at universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, specializing in negotiation and dispute management. Cormick is also the founder of The Mediation Institute.
Beginning in 1968, Cormick pioneered the application of negotiation and mediation processes to racial and community-based disputes. In 1973, he was the first to apply mediation and negotiation approaches to environmental/economic disputes and other public policy issues. He has since successfully mediated scores of complex multi-party issues involving a wide array of participants and substantive areas. Cormick has also worked both within and between organizations to resolve outstanding issues, as well as develop policies and procedures for the ongoing management of issues and disputes. Jerry was the principal architect in the application of negotiations and mediation to natural resource disputes in the U.S. A Canadian by birth, he also played a key role in introducing these techniques to Canada and adapting them for and applying them to Canadian circumstances.
Cormick advises elected bodies, agencies, corporations, and NGOs in the application of dispute resolution and consensus building techniques within and between organizations. He has taught negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at the university level since 1965, receiving numerous awards for teaching excellence.
Cormick holds a Ph.D. and an MBA from the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.