Sherry Watt

Title & Affiliation
Senior Faculty Affiliate Social and Education Research Policy Program
Professor Department of Education Policy and Leadership Studies


  • PhD, Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, 1997
  • MS, Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, 1993

Sherry Watt’s research explores various reactions people have to difficult dialogues related to social issues. This line of inquiry extends into studies about how to facilitate individual skill development and create environmental conditions for productive controversial dialogues.  She has been a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal since 2007. Watt has over 25 years of experience in designing and leading educational experiences that involve strategies to engage participants in dialogue that is meaningful, passionate, and self-awakening.

Research Interests

  • Defensive reactions
  • Difficult dialogues
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion effectiveness
  • Identity development