Civic Engagement Institute
(For members only)

Launched in 2007, this Institute is designed to thoroughly explore one civic engagement topic during a day-long gathering. Teams of faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners from NC Campus Compact member campuses are invited to attend.  

2018 Civic Engagement Institute  
“Education for Democracy: Promoting Civility and Problem Solving through Deliberative Pedagogy”

February 13, 2018 at Elon University

The evidence is mounting that our democracy is in crisis. Social capital is diminishing. There is growing distrust of the media. Confidence in major institutions has reached historical lows. Fringe voices are gaining strength. Partisanship is increasing dramatically. Social media echo chambers provide content that confirms our beliefs, isolating us from diverse views. These factors create a lack of space for authentic dialogue to address the many pressing problems facing our nation. We believe institutions of higher education are uniquely placed to be conveners and drivers of dialogue. Colleges and universities have the potential not only to provide young people the chance to engage with diverse opinions, but also to equip them with skills to promote civility and understanding. What’s more, these institutions can bring local community voices into these conversations.

This year’s Civic Engagement Institute will describe the theory and practice of “deliberative pedagogy” and how it promotes civility and dialogue. We will explore the Engagement Streams Framework, from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, which includes a range of approaches. We will also review relevant case studies, and help campus teams identify issues of concern and appropriate dialogue methods to address them.

Our facilitators for the day are two of the authors of the newly released book “Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement” (July 2017, MSU Press), Drs. Timothy Shaffer, Kansas State University and Nicholas Longo, Providence College.

Timothy J. Shaffer, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. He is also principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. Additionally, he is associate editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation. As a scholar, Shaffer centers his research on the advancement of democratic practices through deliberative politics and civic engagement in higher education and other institutional and community settings. He has published in journals such as the National Civic Review, The Good Society, the Journal of Public Deliberation. He is co-editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement from Michigan State University Press and is coauthor of Making Democracy Work as It Should: Stories and Lessons from Cooperative Extension Professionals, forthcoming from Kettering Foundation Press. He received his PhD from Cornell University.



Nicholas V. Longo, Ph.D., is chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College.  From 2006-2008, he served as the director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, an endowed civic leadership center at Miami University in Ohio. He also served as a program officer at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in the area of civic education, and directed Campus Compact’s national youth civic engagement initiative, Raise Your Voice. 

Nick is author of a number of books, articles, and reports on issues of youth civic education, community-based leadership, global citizenship, and service-learning.  His publications include: Why Community Matters: Connecting Education with Civic Life (SUNY Press) and several co-edited volumes, including From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (Tufts University Press), Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (Stylus Publishing), and Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (Michigan State University Press). He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. • Shaffer, T. J. (2017). Institutions Supporting Democratic Communication Among Citizens. National Civic Review, 106(1), 32-41.


Registration is facilitated through the Team Leader for each member institution. Here is the list of 2018 Team Leaders. If you are a member institution and don't have a Team Leader, please contact Leslie Garvin

Registration is $100 per person. REGISTER HERE. The deadline is January 24. 


8:30 a.m.   Check-in and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.   Opening Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m.   Deliberation Models Showcase 
3:00 p.m.   Methods of Assessment 
4:00 p.m.   Closing Session
5:00 p.m.  Adjournment

Pre-Readings for Teams


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Drury Inn & Suites for Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13 at the rate of $103.49 plus tax.

Drury Inn & Suites Burlington
1767 Glidewell Drive   Burlington, NC 27215

To make reservations, please use the link below or call 1-800-325-0720 and refer to group number #2320806.

Make your reservations by January 24, 2018 to obtain the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.

Past Institutes

Year Theme (click on the title to
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Keynote Speaker (s)

Social Change Forum

Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Sharing Lessons, Cultivating Collaborations

We suspended PACE in 2017 to encourage support of the Gulf South Summit 2017 hosted by UNC Greensboro.

We partnered with Duke in March 2017 to host a Social Change Forum. Click here for highlights.

2016Democratic Education: 100 Years Beyond Dewey

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Professor Emeritus of English and Media Studies, Bentley University
Dr. Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President, The Democracy Collaborative

Click here for highlights.

2015A Common Agenda for Collective Impact: Campus, Community, Compact

The 2015 Civic Engagement Institute was cancelled due to inclement weather. The event was replaced by a 7-part "Collective Impact Webinar Series." Learn more about the series at the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute website.

2014Anchoring Community Vitality: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development

Allan Freyer, Budget and Tax Center, NC Justice Center
Leslie Boney, UNC General Administration
Brent Kanipe and Thomas Ward, Town of Williamston, NC
Dr. Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington
Bill Saffo, Wilmington, NC
Dr. Richard Guarasci, Wagner College

Click here for highlights.

Click here for the 2014 CEI Follow-Up Recommendations.

2013Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community

Dr. Peter Levine, Tufts University/CIRCLE
Dr. Judith Ramaley, Portland State University

Click here for highlights.


Intensifying Impact:  Engagement Matters

For the 10th Anniversary of NC Campus Compact, we combined the annual PACE conference with the Institute to create one celebratory event.

Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC & U
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte
President Carol Quillen, Queens University of Charlotte
President R. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System

 2011A Deep Commitment to Our Communities: Anchor Institutions, Engagement and Collaboration Dr. Cathy Burack, Brandeis University
Hillary Kane, PHENND
Dr. David Maurrasse, Marga Incorporated
 2010Civic Engagement Through Social Entrepreneurship Dr. Brett Smith, Miami University
Al Delia, Senior Advisor to NC Governor Bev Perdue
Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden Leaf Foundation
Judith Cone, UNC Chapel Hill, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2009Next Generation Success: Retention and Civic Engagement Dr. James H. Johnson,William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Wayne Meisel, President of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
Robyn Hadley, Executive Director of "What's After High School?"
Community Partners as Co-Educators Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University
Dr. Tania Mitchell, Stanford University
2007Developing and Expanding International Service-Learning on Your Campus Dr. Barbara Holland, Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Dr. Richard Kiely, Cornell University
Dr. Maureen Porter, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Kalyan Ray, International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, University Professsor of the Humanities and President Emeritus of the University of Hartford

Contact Leslie Garvin for more information.