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Ron Claassen

Ron Claassen, Professor Emeritus of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, School of Education; Director, Restorative Discipline Project; faculty in the PACS graduate program.

Office location: 4882 E. Townsend Ave.
Telephone: 559.453.3420
Fax: 559.453.7212
email: rlclaass@fresno.edu


Director of the Restorative Discipline Project and Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific School of Education. He has served as a teacher, pastor, consultant, trainer and mediator in church, business, school, criminal justice and other settings. He is co-founder of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies and founder of Fresno VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program). He has consulted and trained people in conflict management and mediation throughout the United States and abroad. He was the recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award, 2002, Fresno Pacific University. In 2007 he was the Honoree of the Carl and Esther Robinson Award: Outstanding Advocate for the Common Good. Ron has contributed to the field of Conflict Resolution Education and Restorative Justice through numerous professional presentations, articles, development of models and strategies, and most recently a book focused on the application of restorative justice in schools.


  • D.Min., 2005, San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., 1981, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, IN
  • M.A., 1968, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • B.A., 1967, Fresno Pacific College, Fresno, CA


  • Discipline that Restores with Roxanne Claassen. BookSurge Publishing, 2008. Available from PACS.
  • "Two Useful Models for Implementing Restorative Justice" in ACResolution v. 3 n. 4 Summer 2004.
  • "Our Way vs. My Way" in Christian Leader January 2004.
  • "Building Peace: The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Approach and its Growing Role in Communities" in Perry, John, ed. (2002) Restorative Justice: Repairing Communities Through Restorative Justice. Lanham, MD: American Correctional Association.
  • Monthly articles in the newsletter of Victim Offender Reconciliation Program 1985-1999.
  • "Punishment or Accountability" in The Bar Bulletin June 1998.
  • "Offender Makes About Face After VORP Community Justice Conference, Boot Camp" in The Bar Bulletin June 1998. With Jay Griffith.
  • "Community Justice Conference Process Involves People Who Need to Know" in The Bar Bulletin June 1998.
  • "Community Justice Conferencing: Expanding Restorative Justice in Fresno County, California." Community Corrections Report. Vol. 4, No. 6, 1997.
  • "Creating Space for Dialogue." Chapter in Community Disorders and Policing, ed. Tony Marshall, London: Whiting and Birch, 1992.
  • "Reconciliation: A Call to Wage Peace Against Crime." The Christian Leader, January 1995.
  • "Conflict Across Cultures: Research and Training." Conciliation Quarterly, Summer 1994.
  • "VORP Mediators are Skillful Volunteers." Conciliation Quarterly, Summer 1992.
  • "Vision: Mystical and Practical." Criminal Justice Network Newsletter, Fall 1989.

Professional Affiliations

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Plenary speaker for the first Restorative Justice Conference in Israel initiated by the Ministry of Justice National Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution and the University of Tel Aviv Law School and Graduate School of Social Work, May 1 and 2, 2002. Also led three half-day pre-conference workshops sponsored by the Ministry of Justice on the theory and practice of restorative justice.
  • "Family Group Conferencing" at the national conference of the Academy of Family Mediators in San Francisco, June 1998