Courses at the Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement (DDPE) Program at Kansas State University

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The following announcement is from Tim Shaffer and describes the Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement (DDPE) program of online and face-to-face courses at Kansas State University.

This is a great opportunity for those in the National Issues Forums (NIF) network to learn, develop, and refine skills in facilitation and various approaches to dealing with public issues.

The first class as part of the Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement program housed at Kansas State University will begin August 21, 2017. This course on the foundations of dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement is completely online, so you can enroll from anywhere. Designed to be a transformative experience for graduate students and professionals, this program covers the practice and theory of leading groups through collaborative decision-making.

Courses are presented in a hybrid format, with some offered completely online and others having face to face interaction. Students will interact regularly with each other and leaders in the field, who serve as collaborating guest faculty. A capstone engagement project concludes the certificate. Recognized as one of the most valued parts of the program, it provides opportunities for coached practice with faculty and seasoned practitioners.

Students in the program may pursue a 12-hour graduate certificate by enrolling in the courses for credit. The DDPE program is also designed for individuals who desire noncredit professional development instead of academic credit.

Noncredit Registration Information

The information below is intended for those who do not wish to receive academic credit for DDPE courses. Program fees do not cover potential travel costs associated with the face-to-face components of the Process Models and Capstone Experience courses. A 10 percent discount is available for National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation members. Registrants who do not have a Kansas State University eID will be required to obtain one after registering for the program. Instructions for requesting an eID will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

Full program fee: $3,800.00

Individual course fees:

  • Theoretical Foundations (online): $1,000 
  • Process Models (online and face to face): $1,000 
  • Core Skills and Strategies (online): $1,000 
  • Capstone Experience (online and face to face): $1,000 


For questions about registering for noncredit, please contact the Conferences and Noncredit Programs registration office at 785-532-5569 or 800-432-8222. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For general program questions, contact Tim Shaffer at or 785-532-6849. 

Timothy J. Shaffer, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Assistant Director, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy
Principal Research Specialist, National Institute for Civil Discourse
Associate Editor, Journal of Public Deliberation
Kansas State University
Nichols Hall 208
Office: 785-532-6849