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.
Annual Meeting Teaching & Learning Events
The APSA Annual Meeting offers a wide range of opportunities to develop pedagogical, research, and networking skills. A variety of panels and roundtables at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco addressed issues of teaching and learning, as well as professional development. Find out more about these events here!
Centennial Center Teaching Workshops
The APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs hosted a two-day, teaching-oriented workshop for faculty in the field of international relations. Led by Joyce Kaufman (Whittier College) and Victor Asal (SUNY-Albany), this workshop took place October 20-21, 2017 at APSA’s national office in Washington, DC. Learn more about the workshop here.
Check back here for information about future workshops.
APSA Annual Meeting Pedagogy Workshops
This teaching-oriented workshop took place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, in advance of the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The workshop leaders were Maureen Feeley (UC San Diego) and Megan Becker (USC).
The workshop was designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market and junior faculty preparing first courses and tenure promotion files. Topics addressed in the workshop included: (1) an introduction to theories of human cognition/student learning; (2) syllabus design: establishing learning outcomes, aligning assignments, and designing formative and summative assessments; (3) design and implementation of evidence-based pedagogical approaches; and (4) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research: research design and assessment of student learning outcomes.
Please check back here for more information about upcoming pedagogy workshops at APSA.
APSA works with political science faculty and departments to facilitate webinars on topics related to a range of issues in political science education, including scholarship, pedagogy, and teaching tools.
Learn more here.
Political Science Club Guide
Political science clubs are a great way to get students involved in departments and campus life. Such clubs offer benefits to students and departments alike by facilitating greater and more meaningful faculty-student engagement and by providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and leadership experience. Find out more about how and why to start an undergraduate political science club in the APSA Political Science Club Guide.
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.
Distinguished Teaching Award
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
The APSA Syllabi
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].
In the wake of the August 2017 events in Charlottesville, APSA has also collected teaching, learning and discussion resources on politics, power, and group differences in the United States. This is a dynamic collection, and we welcome member contributions via the online submission form. Learn more and submit materials here.
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.