About the Episode

In our eighth episode of the second season, Co-Hosts Emily Shields and Andrew Seligsohn sat down with author and scholar Timothy Shaffer about his work and research in deliberative dialogue, including his new book “Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement.” We discussed what it really takes to embed dialogue in campus and community work and some ideas for making it more effective. We also took a detour from the usual pop culture conversation to review Thanksgiving traditions, including Andrew’s recipe for turkey that doesn’t suck.

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Timothy J. Shaffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Assistant Director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. He is also principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. For more than a decade, he has been deeply involved in the fields of public deliberation and civic engagement, working with diverse groups to address community issues in varied contexts.

He is editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, published by Michigan State University Press (2017). He has also contributed to edited volumes on environmental leadership, the history of land-grant university graduate education, engaged scholarship, and public deliberation. Dr. Shaffer has published in The Good Society, Journal of Public Deliberation, eJournal of Public Affairs, and others, while also serving as associate editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation and a member of the board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. Shaffer received his PhD from Cornell University.

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Andrew Seligsohn


Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact

J.R. Jamison

Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact