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Research Partnerships to Foster Innovation and Advance the Field of Leadership Development

Tim Steffensmeier, Director, Kansas Leadership Center Research Initiative; Kansas State University
Introduction by Ed O’Malley, President and CEO, Kansas Leadership Center


Tim Steffensmeier is the director of research at the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC). This is a joint appointment with Kansas State University where he is an associate professor and director of the Leadership Communication doctoral program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Steffensmeier’s publications focus on civic leadership, public deliberation, and rhetoric. This research has been grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Kettering Foundation, and Interactivity Foundation. Tim brings consulting experience with companies and communities on leadership development and communication skills. This includes serving as faculty for KLC since 2010. Tim is a former department head of Communication Studies at Kansas State University and served as editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation. Tim has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin and an M.A. from Wake Forest University.

Session Description: 

In Fall 2017 the Kansas Leadership Center began to design a research initiative that is focused on leadership development. This conference marks the public launch of that initiative. Tim Steffensmeier will address the purpose, scope, and goals for a large-scale research program. The talk will focus on building a container for innovation and application on the “third floor.” Attention will be paid to the people and work that are needed to fulfill the lofty aspirations of this research initiative.

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