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Department of Communication Studies

Timothy Shaffer

Tim Shaffer

Assistant Professor

E-mail: tjshaffer@ksu.edu
Campus Phone: 785-532-6849
Campus Address: 208 Nichols Hall


Ph.D. Cornell University
M.P.A. University of Dayton
M.A. University of Dayton
B.A. St. Bonaventure University


COMM 326: Small Group Discussion Methods
COMM 545: Communication and Democracy
COMM 790: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement: Theoretical Foundations
COMM 791: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement: Process Models

As a scholar, Dr. Shaffer centers his research on the advancement of democratic engagement through deliberative democracy and citizen engagement in higher education and community settings. His current research program focuses on two related lines of inquiry, both exploring deliberative democracy, civic professionalism, and public philosophy contributing to the emerging field of civic studies.

His first line of research explores an adult education program in rural communities in the 1930s and 1940s in which government and university leaders collaborated with educators to use deliberative discussion methods with small groups of individuals to identify and understand complex public problems. These included environmental, social, cultural, and political issues. He is currently working on a manuscript detailing this important period in higher education community engagement. The second line of inquiry focuses on the ways that higher education professionals and local government officials employ deliberative approaches in teaching and community engagement.

Dr. Shaffer has published in journals such as The Good Society, Journal of Public Deliberation, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, and Rural Sociology. He has also contributed to edited volumes on environmental leadership and higher education’s civic engagement mission. Shaffer is editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (2017) published by Michigan State University Press.

For publications and CV, visit https://ksu.academia.edu/TimothyShaffer.

Biographical Information

Originally from southern Ohio, Dr. Shaffer has spent most of his adult life in New York and Ohio. He, his wife, and three children live in Manhattan.