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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Timothy Steffensmeier, Ph.D.

Timothy Steffensmeier, Ph.D. Professor, leadership communication program director
steffy@ksu.edu, View my CV
Strategic | Individualization | Achiever | Competition | Ideation
Campus office: 207 Leadership Studies Building


My teaching has evolved through three phases:

  1. Delivering engaging content and creating discussion to learn new ideas
  2. Fostering deliberation and co-ownership of knowledge
  3. Using real-time interactions and dynamics in the room for experiential learning

Beyond teaching graduate students at K-State, I teach thousands of adults on leading change at the Kansas Leadership Center. This includes international experience, most recently, working on leadership development in Senegal, Japan, Australia and Myanmar.

Current courses

  • Leadership communication doctoral program faculty, LEAD 814: Graduate Studies in Leadership Communication

Research and grants

Through my publications, I focus on public deliberation, argumentation and civic leadership.

Grant awards

  • Kansas Leadership Center
  • National Science Foundation Kettering Foundation
  • Interactivity Foundation

Professional expertise

  • Leadership development
  • Facilitation
  • Communication trainings


  • Kansas Leadership Center
  • National Communication Association
  • International Leadership Association


I direct K-State's leadership communication doctoral program. This is a joint appointment as director of Third Floor Research at the Kansas Leadership Center.


  • Steffensmeier, T., & D. Chrislip. (2019). Changing the Game: Developing a New Lexicon for Leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 13 (2).
  • Keith, W., Mountford, R., & Steffensmeier, T. (October 2019). Teaching Argument through Relationships. Argumentation, 1-15.
  • Lukyanova, E., & T. Steffensmeier (in press, 2019). “Well, in the case of my mom...”: Personal stories as negotiable arguments in public forums. Journal of Argumentation in Context.


  • Ph.D. in communication studies, University of Texas, Austin
  • M.A. in communication, Wake Forest University
  • B.A. in marketing and communication systems, Hastings College

More about me

I am fueled by espresso, bicycles and John Irving novels.