Skip to Content

Teaching Resources

Undergraduate Research Week

In conjunction with National Undergraduate Research Week, APSA showcases undergraduate research submitted by political science faculty and departments. Featured research is the result of undergraduate coursework, capstone research, or departmental or college/university-wide undergraduate research efforts. If your students are engaged in research projects this year, please let us know!  Send a short description of any projects (with photos, if applicable) to [email protected].  

Learn more about featured undergraduate research projects here

APSA Teaching and Learning Conference

The APSA Teaching and Learning Conference is a forum for scholars to share effective and innovative teaching and learning models and to discuss broad themes and values of political science education, especially the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference took place in Long Beach, California, from February 10-12. The program is up on the TLC homepage. Thanks to all who participated! 

Teaching Webinars

APSA works with political science faculty and departments to facilitate webinars on topics related to political science education and pedagogy.

A webinar on tips for effective online teaching took place on March 29, 2017 and was led by Bruce Wilson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida and Melanie Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Park University. Geared toward graduate students and early career professors with little-to-no online teaching experience, the discussion centered on the specific tools and strategies teachers can use to maximize the effectiveness of their remote courses. Watch the webinar here

Resources for High School Teachers

APSA is pleased to provide high school teachers (and other interested groups) with political science scholarship, approaches, and resources to use in the classroom and beyond. 

A webinar for teachers took place on October 12, 2016, and was led by Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Elections Research Center, and the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His presentation focuses on how the party system in the United States has been changed and shaped during the course of the 2016 presidential election. 

Teaching Awards

The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The contribution may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact. The award carries a $1,000 prize. To submit nominations and learn more about the award committee, click here

The APSA Campus Teaching Award recognizes political science faculty who received teaching awards from their own colleges or universities during the past academic year. APSA features the winners and titles of their awards in the October issue of PS: Political Science and Politics. Interviews with previous award winners can be found here. 

Syllabi in Political Science

Among a teacher's most arduous tasks each semester is to prepare syllabi for the upcoming class schedule. As faculty teach a more diverse array of courses, many rely on assistance and suggestions from colleagues to design classes and the growing number of syllabi that can be found online. 

The APSA Syllabi Project assists in this endeavor by making available a wide array of syllabi for courses in all subfields of political science.  If you have questions about the APSA Syllabi Project, please contact [email protected].

Civic Education & Engagement 

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.  

Resources include the book Teaching Civic Engagement and information on the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Statement & Plan

APSA Task Force Reports & Publications

The APSA task forces seek to expand the public presence of political science by putting the best of political science research and knowledge at the service of critical issues that have major public policy implications and by sharing with broader society what political scientists know about important trends and issues in areas of public concern. 

Many of the task forces include teaching relevant topics and resources, such as the Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century. To see a full list, please visit Reports.

PS: Political Science and Politics also includes many articles on teaching and resources for teachers. To browse the latest issue and search the archives for teaching resources, please visit the PS homepage at Cambridge Journals


APSA resources for assessment include Assessment in Political Science (2009), edited by Michelle Deardorff, Kerstin Hamann, and John Ishiyama. This book is written to provide faculty and departments resources on classroom, departmental and program assessment. This guide provides in-depth discussion and resources for all departments and institutions. In addition to general assessment tools, the authors and editors provide guidance on assessing learning in special situations such as in online environments and experiential programs.

Learn more about assessment resources here.

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

Scroll Up