A key component of APSA's mission is to support political science education and the professional development of its practitioners. Teaching is a vital component of our discipline. The Association seeks to generate a greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies that can be effectively applied in the political science classroom through programs like the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, the APSA Distinguished Teaching Award, the APSA Spotlight on Undergraduate Research, and various panels on pedagogical topics at the annual meeting.
APSA maintains a range of teaching resources, including syllabi, assessment information, and civic education materials. Learn more here.
The APSA Departmental Services Program assists political science teaching, scholarship, and service by providing resources for department chairs; data and reports on the profession; forums for departments to address common issues; and services for chairs, faculty, and students. The program is overseen by the Committee on Departmental Services. Learn more here.
Education for civic engagement and responsive governance were founding objectives of the political science profession at the beginning of the 20th century and remain essential for the 21st century. Supporting and sustaining quality civic education has been an important theme throughout the history of the American Political Science Association. Learn more about Civic Education & Engagement at APSA here.
- Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013): An exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century. Edited by Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson, this book addresses theoretical debates over the place of civic engagement education in political science.
APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors, among them the Centennial Center programs. APSA also provides information about non-APSA funding opportunities for study and research in political science and related disciplines here.
The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research and further the careers of political scientists who are not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field. Learn more here.
APSA offers a number of reports for the profession. Obtain reports on profession data; salaries; political science enrollments, majors, and degrees; and more. View reports»
Political scientists share problems in common with practitioners of other scholarly disciplines. They also frequently encounter ethical problems unique to their professional concerns. To assist scholars in working through problems and differences the APSA maintains a standing committee to oversee complaints and offers an authoritative statement of ethical principles for political scientists, particularly for those newly entering the profession.
Download the Ethics Guide.