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2017 Teaching & Learning Conference, Long Beach, California

14th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

February 10-12, 2017 Long Beach, California | The Westin Long Beach 

Conference Theme: "The 21st Century Classroom: Creating an Engaging Environment for All Students"

Join APSA for a unique meeting to promote greater understanding of high-impact practices and innovative methodologies for the political science classroom. The conference provides a highly interactive forum for scholars to participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions focus on sharing pedagogical techniques and trends in political science education for students at all educational levels and learning institutions. We welcome proposals from all educators who teach political science and related subjects—university faculty and administrators, high school teachers, graduate students, research scholars, and others.

We invite proposals for paper presentations and engaging workshops. Papers are presented in a collaborative working group environment, in which the participants in each track learn about and discuss each other’s research for the duration of the conference. This working group model has proven to be highly effective at enhancing the instructional effectiveness and scholarly productivity of conference attendees.

Workshops are designed to be highly interactive and provide hands-on experience. Each workshop will demonstrate a learning tool or technique in which participants could immediately implement at their institution. Examples of workshops at previous Teaching and Learning Conferences include using mapping software to teach students how to visualize political information, creating campus-wide initiatives, and using innovative tools to enhance student learning. 

Conference Format & Track Themes

View the 2017 Teaching & Learning track themes. Every attendee selects a track in which to participate for the duration of the conference. The conference uses a working group model so that all attendees in each track will serve as, and be listed as, discussants for that track's presentations.

Schedule at a Glance

View the  2017 Schedule at a Glance. Times are subject to change.  

Registration & Hotel Reservations

Registration is now open! Register online by December 15, 2016, to receive the early bird rate. 

Registration Rates:

  Early Bird Rate
     Register by December 15, 2016      
 Standard Rate
     Register after December 15, 2016    
 APSA Member*  $255  $280
 Non-Member $350 $400
 Student Member* $155 $180


*Please note that membership must be current at the time of the conference in order to receive the member rate. Please check your membership status before registering. If it expires in advance of the conference, please be sure to renew before registering to get the member rate.

The 2017 TLC will be held at the Westin Long Beach

APSA TLC guests will receive a discounted rate of $179/night for single or double occupancy.  Make your hotel reservations online here to receive the group rate. 

About Long Beach:
Located in the heart of sunny Southern California, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with the relaxed atmosphere of a beachside community. It’s home to cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene. Satisfy your inner urbanite at downtown Long Beach’s vibrant waterfront scene. Explore its eight distinct neighborhoods that lead to Long Beach being voted one of America’s “Most Walkable Cities.” Visit museums, tour a 1930s ocean liner, the Queen Mary, and watch sea lions at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific. Enjoy live performances and cruise Naples canals. Spot dolphins at play on your way to Catalina Island. Or take a short jaunt to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, or other Southern California attractions. 

From downtown Long Beach, LAX and Orange County airports are less than 30 minutes away while the ultra-convenient, affordable Long Beach Airport is seven minutes. Explore Long Beach on foot, bike or onboard the free downtown Passport shuttle. Downtown’s First Street Station connects you to Los Angeles attractions and surrounding cities.

Check out Visit Long Beach for more information.

Hotel Disagreement
The APSA has recently learned of a disagreement between the Westin Long Beach, site of the 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference, and UNITE HERE Local 11 regarding the process which employees of the Westin would use to decide whether they want to unionize. APSA is monitoring this situation very closely and will post updates and relevant information on this page.

Any questions or comments may be sent to Dan Gibson at [email protected], APSA Director of Communications and Marketing.

Travel Grants

APSA is offering a select number of travel grants to first-time attendees, current PhDs and unemployed APSA members presenting at the 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference. 

The deadline for travel grant applications is Thursday, December 15, 2016. Learn more and apply here!


Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award: Supports attendance at the conference. The award may include conference registration fees and a one-year complimentary APSA membership. Contingent faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and faculty whose departments do not provide travel support are particularly encouraged to apply.

CQ Press Award for Teaching Recognition: Recognizes a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. The award seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, December 15, 2016Submit your award nominations here! 

Exhibits & Sponsorships

2017 Exhibit space is now open. Learn more about exhibit, advertising and sponsorship opportunities »  

Teaching & Learning Conference Program Committee

The program committee for the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science sets the themes for the meeting and oversees the formation of the conference tracks:

  • Sara Moats, Florida International University, Chair
  • Kevin Anderson, Eastern Illinois University
  • Amber Dickinson, Oklahoma State University
  • Benjamin Gonzalez, Highline College
  • Elizabeth Matto, Rutgers University
  • Chad Raymond, Salve Regina University
  • Boris Ricks, California State University, Northridge

Stay tuned: More Conference Details Coming Soon!
More details for the 2017 Teaching & Learning Conference will be announced as soon as they are finalized. 

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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