West Virginia Higher Education Diversity Conference

 West Virginia Higher Education Diversity Conference 2019
March 22, 2019
Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV


Civil Discourse, Deliberative Pedagogy, and Higher Education’s Civic Responsibility

Timothy J. Shaffer, PhD


Dr. Shaffer is currently 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. Connected to these efforts, Shaffer serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation and as a country expert on deliberative democracy with the Varieties of Democracy project based at the University of Gothenburg. His research centers on the advancement of democratic practices through deliberative politics and civic engagement in higher education and other institutional and community settings. He received his BA from St. Bonaventure University, MA and MPA from the University of Dayton, and his PhD from Cornell University.

He is the editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (Michigan State University Press, 2017), Jumping in to Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals (Kettering Foundation Press, 2018), Agri-Culture and Future of Farming: An Interactivity Foundation Discussion Guidebook (Interactivity Foundation, 2018), A Crisis of Civility?  Political Discourse and Its Discontents (Routledge, 2019), andDiscussing Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019). He has published dozens of articles and book chapters in academic publications; presents and engages diverse public audiences through radio, TV, and print; and offers workshops and training to professionals in universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and with legislative bodies.


What is the Agenda?


The agenda may be viewed here:

How do I make a Lodging Reservation?


You may make a reservation at the Embassy Suites using this link and using the code DCO.  Please be advised that it is up to each institution to purchase accommodations as the grant cannot support the cost.

Who Should Attend?

Each state institution is invited to send a team of no more than five (5) individuals who are instrumental in implementing strategic, innovative, and meaningful initiatives across campus (i.e. Provost, Diversity Officers, Student Affairs Leadership, College Deans, Engaged Faculty, etc.).  Please check with the Office of Academic Affairs at your institution to be included in your team before you register.

What is the Goal of this Conference?


The goal of this one-day conference is to provide your institution’s team with a keynote and intensive workshop on Civil Discourse, Deliberative Pedagogy, and Higher Education’s Civic Responsibility.  Ultimately, your team will be given Frameworks for Deliberative and Dialogic Engagement, action planning and methods, and time to work as a team on your institutions implementation/action plan.

What is the Cost? 

This one-day conference is provided by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  The workshops, activities, and food will be provided free of charge to each institution’s team.  The grant cannot cover overnight hotel accommodations.

How do I Register?

Once your institution has a team in place, please have each team member register here.