Welcome to The Stubblefield Institute

Where Civil Engagement meets Civic Engagement


All of us at the Stubblefield Institute hope you and your loved ones are safe and finding healthy ways to stay active and involved during these times of quarantine and social distancing. We also hope that whatever your politics happen to be that you are focused on civil discourse and constructive debate in your exchange of views and opinions.  This is especially important during a national crisis. We are indeed “in this together,” and it is our wish that during this time, the health of our nation comes before partisan divide. The Institute’s leadership is committed to promoting and maintaining a strong set of values among its faculty and students, its guests, its financial and programmatic partners, and all who engage in the Institute’s work.

These values include:

  • Respect for all viewpoints and perspectives
  • Argumentation based on reason and logic
  • Honesty in all presentations and discussions
  • Academic integrity in research and instruction
  • Creativity in pursuing the Institute’s mission
  • Transparency in all transaction


The Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications was launched in 2019 by a generous gift from Drs. Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield to address the vital role communications play in our political culture. The Institute is keenly devoted to bringing divergent viewpoints together in constructive debate and authentic dialogue in order to foster greater civic engagement and responsibility.

Dedicated to informing the public while also educating the next generation of career political and policy communications experts, the Stubblefield Institute also believes the quality and tenor of political discussion can move beyond vitriol and accusation to reason and respect, values informing every functioning democracy since the ancient Greeks.

A non-partisan organization cooperatively founded and managed by both experienced political science scholars and successful practitioners, the Stubblefield Institute is located on the banks of the Potomac River separating Maryland and West Virginia, an area steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history that is only 75 miles from Washington, DC.


Friends of The Stubblefield Institute

Friends of the Stubblefield Institute is a special way to support this important forum series and belong to a community that believes in positive discourse and constructive debate. Your support will allow the Stubblefield Institute to maintain and grow its programs and events, such as the American Conversation Series, our student-focused Listen.Learn.Engage. Initative, a national research program focused on civility, our Student Leadership Academy, and support for our outstanding Debate and Forensics Team. It will also help support our new undergraduate program in Political Communications that will provide quality education to our next generation of public and policy communications spokespersons and strategists.

Individuals can join at our Gold ($500), Silver ($250), or Bronze ($100) levels. All members will be listed in our forum programs. Gold members will be invited to all pre-event presidential receptions. Silver members will receive two invitations to presidential receptions. Bronze members will receive one invitation.

To give online, use the form below.

To give by mail, download a gift form and mail the completed form and your check to:

Attn: Mona Kissel
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Please make checks payable to Shepherd University Foundation. On the form, under “Please designate my gift to:”, be sure to check “Other” and write in Friends of Stubblefield.

For assistance on any type of gift, contact:

Meg Patterson, Director of Donor Relations

Shepherd University Foundation