1. K-State home
  2. »College of Human Ecology
  3. »FSHS
  4. »People
  5. »Terrie McCants

School of Family Studies and Human Services

Terrie R. McCants

Contact Information


  • M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Colorado

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • State-Approved Mediator
  • Mentor Mediator
  • Mediation Trainer

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict Coaching

Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

  • Post Conflict Reconstruction in Divided Societies (Northern Ireland and South Africa)
  • Riley/Geary Domestic Mediation Services: a program that offers quality domestic mediation services to citizens in the 21st and 8th Judicial Districts of Kansas, and affords K-State students opportunities to be mentored in co-mediation supervision with state-approved mediators

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 531 Core Conflict Resolution
  • FSHS 532 Conflict across Cultures and Contexts
  • FSHS 534 Conflict in Organizations
  • FSHS 536 Conflict and Trauma in International Settings
  • FSHS 751 Conflict Resolution: Core Skills and Strategies
  • FSHS 752 Culture and Conflict
  • FSHS 754 Organizational Conflict
  • FSHS 761 International Conflict and Trauma

Professional Biography

Terrie R. McCants is the program coordinator for the certificates in conflict resolution and the co-coordinator for the Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies minor at Kansas State University. As part of those programs she also facilitates two study abroad courses: one on Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland, and the other on Sustainable Peace in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Besides teaching, Terrie works as a mediator at the School of Family Studies and Human Services' Family Center and is the mediation coordinator for Kansas State University. She is also the program director for Riley/Geary Counties Domestic Mediation Services, a community program devoted to providing quality, affordable mediation services for families and co-mediation mentorship for K-State students. She holds a master's degree in conflict analysis and resolution and is a state-approved mediator, mentor mediator and mediation trainer. She has advanced training in workplace, public policy, divorce and child-custody, and parent/adolescent mediation. McCants's recent work has been in the area of conflict coaching.

In addition, McCants is a facilitation associate with K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. In that capacity, she facilitates various strategic/comprehensive plans and departmental/organizational leadership retreats for local, state and regional entities, and is one of the trainers for their annual Public Issues Facilitation Workshop.

McCants is the recipient of Kansas State University's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011), the University Professional and Continuing Education Association's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011), the College of Human Ecology's Myers-Alford Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching (2010), the Dean Barbara S. Stowe Endowed Faculty Development Fund Award (2013), Recipient of the University and Professional Continuing Association's Outstanding Program: Credit (2016), Recipient of Kansas State University's International Educator of the Year (2016), and Recipient of Heartland Mediators Association's Acorn Award (2017).  She serves on the board of directors for the Heartland Mediators' Association and the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution and is a contributing member of the Ron Moffat Seminars devoted to bringing peace-building and conflict management to international study abroad programs for the purpose of developing a civil global society.