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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 535: Leadership and Communication
COMM 545: Communication and Democracy
COMM 790: Dialogue and Deliberation Theory
COMM 791: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Process Models

As a scholar, Dr. Shaffer centers his research on the advancement of democratic practices through deliberative politics and civic engagement in higher education and other institutional and community settings. He has published numerous articles on deliberation, higher education, community development, and civic life. He has also contributed to edited volumes on environmental leadership, higher education’s historical and contemporary civic engagement movement, graduate education, and communication pedagogy.

He is co-editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (Michigan State University Press, 2017), A Crisis of Civility?:  Political Discourse and its Discontents (Routledge, 2018), Jumping into Civic Life:  Stories of PUblic Work from Extension Professionals (Kettering Foundation Press, 2018), and    Agri-Culture and Future of Farming (Interactivity Foundaiton, 2018). Two additional book projects, Discussing Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education (Stylus) and When Democracy Had Roots: Civic Professionals, Group Discussion, and Adult Education in the Rural New Deal (West Virginia University Press), are forthcoming.

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


As an award-winning engaged scholar recognized by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement (IARSLCE) with the Early Career Recognition, Shaffer approaches teaching and research through an engaged scholarship approach. He serves diverse publics a researcher with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona and as Assistant Director for the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at K-State. In those roles, he engages communities across Kansas and the broader United States in civil discourse and community development. Additionally, he is a member of the Rapid Response Team on Civil Discourse on Race Relations established by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) at the national level of the Cooperative Extension System.

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.