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, Program/Project Coordinator
Chandra Ruthstrom is the Program/Project Coordinator for operations at the Center for Engagement and Community Development. Her duties include special event coordination, maintaining and monitoring fiscal operations, serving as the liaison with university departments and Kansas communities and is the center’s grant manager and administrator. Chandra received both the KSU Award of Excellence and the Employee of the Year Award for 2018-2019. She enjoys living in the country with her husband Terry and is proud to represent her small hometown as a member of Leonardville PRIDE. Rural by Choice!
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, Program/Project Manager
Donna Schenck-Hamlin is Program/Project Manager for both ICDD and the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon, with a Master’s degree in Musicology from Kansas State University. Within ICDD, Donna convenes public conversations in partnership with civic groups, and develops facilitator training for students, faculty, and community organizers. She conducts research on the self-efficacy of persons engaged in seeking information online, and explores the interplay of deliberation and personal inquiry on complex issues. Her public deliberation work includes housing, water, and food access issues. She also pursues methods of public dialogue inspired by the arts, humanities, and film.