Lecturer, University of Washington | Moderator Training Specialist, Kettering Foundation
Dr. Kara N. Dillard is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the moderator training specialist with the Kettering Foundation. Her research focuses on the role of public issues moderators in bringing communities to common ground via deliberative practices. As a facilitator herself, she has moderated over 70 deliberative dialogues across a series of topics on her campus, in the community, and online. At the UW, she has taught classes in Social Problems, Political Deliberation, Civic Engagement in Urban Governance and Facilitation in Action. She has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research and the International Journal of Communication.
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