Workshops & Facilitation

Working with university faculty, Extension educators, government agencies, and diverse community organizations, Dr. Shaffer offer presentations and workshops on diverse topics such as deliberative pedagogy, democratic institutions, community engagement, civil discourse, and strategic planning. He has also served as keynote speaker for academic and popular audiences.

LEAD Maryland Workshop Resources

Examples include:

"Civil Discourse and Community Engagement." Lead New York, The Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute, Cornell University. Binghamton, NY. 

"Connecting the Dots: Childcare, Policy, and Community Responses to a Shared Challenge.” (2021, August). Child Care Aware of Kansas. Salina, KS.

"Civil Discourse, Deliberative Engagement, & Leading with Humility." (2021, July). Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program. Lexington, KY.

"Community Workshop: Rooting Resilience Along Wildcat Creek" (2021, March). Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change. Kansas State University Libraries. Manhattan, KS. 

"Civil Discourse, Deliberative Engagement, & Leading with Humility."  LEAD Maryland and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. (2021, February). University of Maryland Extension. College Park, MD.

“Creating Space for Democracy in Teaching and Learning: The Role of Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education.” Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and Campus Compact of Southern New England (2020, March). University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT.

“Civil Discourse, Deliberative Pedagogy, and Creating Space for Democracy in the Classroom,” John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy and Center for Professional Excellence (2020, February). Winthrop University. Rock Hill, SC.

“Building Trust Through Civil Discourse.” South Carolina School Boards Association Board Retreat (2020, January). Greenville, SC. 

“Civil Discourse and Its Implications: Leadership in a Divide Public Life.” International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (2018, October). Kansas Department of Agriculture. Manhattan, KS. 

Strategic Planning Process for Wooster Campus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (2018-2019). The Ohio State University. Wooster and Columbus, OH.

“Education for Democracy: Promoting Civil Discourse and Problem Solving through Deliberative Pedagogy,” North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute (2018, February). Elon University. Elon, NC.

Civil Discourse and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension (2017, October). College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Hyattsville, MD.

Agricultural Communication Summit, III (2017, February). Renaissance Mobile Riverfront Plaza Hotel, Mobile, AL.

Agricultural Communication Summit, II (2016, November). The Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.

Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (2016, July). Stronger Democracy Through Enhanced Public Deliberation: Models and Skills for Public Issues Facilitation, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park, KS.

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a workshop, keynote, or presentation, send an email to