He’s also been a mediator for over 10 years, with research focusing on conflict resolution in higher education and how different cultures approach conflict resolution.
Since 1988, Bienstock has been a college professor. He gives lectures on not just conflict resolution, but also collective bargaining, negotiation, arbitration and critical thinking.
In addition to speaking to college students, he also addresses business, governmental and educational organizations.
Just recently, Bienstock came back from Chongqing, China, where he gave a series of lectures at Southwest University for Political Science and Law.
“Each audience has their unique personality,” he said. “The audience tends to be quite inquisitive. Usually, you get a good response.”
Bienstock also does trainings with groups like Zwanger Pesiri Radiology and the Association for Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children (ANIBIC).
“I like to work with organizations who come from physcologically, physically or economically challenged situations,” he said.
Bienstock is an assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where he hosts special lectures as part of a professional enrichment program for all of the students in the college’s School of Management.
He said he finds that schools “virtually don’t teach” topics like critical thinking anymore.
“We’re a society that’s driven by facts and knowledge,” he said. “There’s just no emphasis on teaching people the art of thinking.”
Bienstock compared the skill of critical thinking with the phrase, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
“It’s the nature of the university system today,” he said.