Tim Steffensmeier Profile

ProfilesTim Steffensmeier is an associate professor and director of the Leadership Communication doctoral program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. This is a joint appointment as director of research at the Kansas Leadership Center based in Wichita, KS.

Tim Steffensmeier Tim’s publications focus on public deliberation, rhetoric, and civic leadership. This research has been grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Kettering Foundation, and Interactivity Foundation. Steffensmeier is a former department head of Communication Studies at Kansas State University (2012-2017) and served as editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation. Tim has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in Communication Studies/Rhetoric. His expertise includes consulting experience with companies and communities on leadership development and communication.

His publications include:

PytlikZillig, L. M., Steffensmeier, T., Campbell Hibbs, A., Champion, B., Hunt, E. D., Harrington, J., Jr., Spears, J., Umphlett, N., Bruning, R., & Kahl, D. (2013). Fostering climate change education in the Central Great Plains: A public engagement approach. International Journal of Sustainability, 8(1), 161-177.

Steffensmeier, T. (2010) Building a public square: An analysis of community narratives. Community Development, 41(2), 255-268.

Steffensmeier, T. & Schenck-Hamlin, W. (2009) Argument quality in public deliberations. Argumentation and Advocacy, 45(1), 21-36.

Leah Sprain Profile

Leah Sprain
is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Leah Sprain

Her research focuses on democratic engagement, studying how specific communication practices facilitate and inhibit democratic action. Her research and teaching draw on language and social interaction perspectives to explore deliberation, environmental communication, and social movement activism. Outreach and praxis are crucial to democratic engagement thus much of her research is collaborative and focused on the practice-theory interface. As an ethnographer of communication, she has conducted extended fieldwork in Nicaragua and the United States. She co-edited Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action, and her work appears in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, and Communication Theory. She received her BA from Pacific Lutheran University, and MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

Key Publications:

Carcasson, M. & Sprain, L. (in press). Beyond problem solving: Re-conceptualizing the work of public deliberation as deliberative inquiry. Communication Theory.

Sprain, L., Carcasson, M., & Merolla, A. (2014). Experts in public deliberation: Lessons from a deliberative design on water needs. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 42, 150-167.

Sprain, L. & Gastil, J. (2013). What does it mean to deliberate? An interpretive account of jurors’ expressed deliberative rules and premises. Communication Quarterly, 61, 151-171.

Sprain, L. & Boromisza-Habashi, D. (2013). The ethnographer of communication at the table: Building cultural competence, designing strategic action. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 181-187. [Introduction to a Special Forum on Ethnography of Communication in Applied Communication Research]

Witteborn, S. & Sprain, L. (2010). Grouping processes in a public meeting from an ethnography of communication and cultural discourse analysis perspective. International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 14-35.

Endres, D., Sprain, L., & Peterson, T. R. (Eds.) (2009). Social movement to address climate change: Local steps for global action. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Work for CID:
Leah Sprain wrote KC60: Deliberation.