Timothy Shaffer is Principal Research Specialist for the National Institute for Civil Discourse and an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Kansas State University. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation. As an interdisciplinary scholar and practitioner of deliberative democracy, civic education, and small group communication, Dr. Shaffer focuses on the role of civic professionals in institutional settings such as local government, higher education, and non-governmental organizations in relationship with diverse communities. In recognition of that commitment to engaged scholarship, he has received the Early Career Recognition Award from the International Associate for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement. He is the editor of four books including Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement and Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals.