David E. Procter, Director
David Procter is Director of ICDD and a professor of speech communication. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Since arriving at K-State in 1987, he has worked in partnership with communities across the state. He has worked on issues of school consolidation, community strategic planning, heritage museum education, facilitation of community dialogue, and strategies for re-populating rural communities. Procter has authored two books on community building - Enacting Political Culture (1991) and The Rhetoric of Community Building (2005) plus numerous essays and book chapters on the subject. Before becoming the Director of ICDD, Procter served on the Advisory Board for the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives.
Chandra Ruthstrom, Administrative Assistant
Chandra Ruthstrom is the Administrative Assistant for operations at the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. Her duties include special event coordination; maintaining and monitoring ICDD's fiscal operations; serving as the Center's personnel officer; serving as the chief liaison with university departments; and serving as the Institutes's grant manager and administrator.
Timothy Shaffer, Assistant Director
Tim Shaffer conducts research on the advancement of democratic engagement through deliberative democracy and citizen engagement in higher education and community settings. His current research program focuses on two related lines of inquiry, both exploring deliberative democracy, civic professionalism, and public philosophy contributing to the emerging field of civic studies. His first line of research explores an adult education program in rural communities in the 1930s and 1940s in which government and university leaders collaborated with educators to use deliberative discussion methods with small groups of individuals to identify and understand complex public problems. The second line of inquiry focuses on the ways that higher education professionals and local government officials employ deliberative approaches in teaching and community engagement.
Donna Schenck-Hamlin, Projects Coordinator
Donna Schenck-Hamlin co-founded ICDD in 2004, and works to promote deliberative democracy, particularly in low-populated or under-served rural and urban areas. She has a Bachelor’s degree in literature and Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon, and a Masters degree in Musicology from K-State. As ICDD Project Coordinator, Donna develops facilitator training and assists faculty and students with community engaged scholarship. She is engaged in research on self-efficacy for inquiry, and promotes arts and humanities for community dialogue.