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2018 Teaching & Learning Conference, February 2-4

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15th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference
February 2-4, 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland | Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Theme: "Teaching Politics as a Public Good: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the Classroom"

The Teaching & Learning Conference will take place in Baltimore, MD on February 2-4, 2018. 

Please join us for a unique conference, which provides a highly interactive forum for scholars to share research and innovative tools for political science education. The conference focuses on promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning, equipping faculty with new techniques and resources for teaching, and enhancing the role of teaching in the discipline of political science. This year’s conference theme focuses on the public value of teaching political science and how studying politics can help students build tools for citizenship and civic discourse. 

Format & Track Themes

There are three presentation formats options for the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference: tracks, panels, and workshops. All papers are presented in a collaborative environment, with materials shared in advance and participants serving as discussants for each other’s work. Some papers will be part of a larger working group track; others will be independent of any particular track theme and organized into panels or roundtable discussions. All attendees will be asked to select a track when registering. Workshops provide participants with hands-on experience in the use of practical instructional methods that they can take with them to their home institutions.

Track theme descriptions for the 2018 conference are available here.  The schedule-at-a-glance is available here


Registration for the 2018 TLC is now open! Please note: Track theme descriptions are available here


Registration Rates:

Early Bird Rate
Register by December 11, 2017     

Standard Rate
Register after December 11, 2017

APSA Member* $255 $280
Non-Member $350 $400
Student Member* $155 $180

*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.*

Hotel Information

The 2018 TLC will take place at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The room rate is $129 for a single or double, $149 for a triple, and $169 for a quad.  

Book your hotel room now! The conference rate will be available until January 2018 (subject to availability). 

Travel Grants

APSA is providing grants of up to $150.00 to select TLC attendees, including first-time attendees, current PhDs and unemployed APSA members. Applicants must be presenting at the 2018 TLC and have a current APSA membership to be considered for a travel grant. 

Apply here!
 The deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017. 


Two awards will be given out at the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague!

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. Submit your nomination here! 

CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation: 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. Submit your nomination here! 

Teaching & Learning Conference Program Committee

The TLC program committee oversees the conference content and programming:

  • Elizabeth Matto, Rutgers University, Co-Chair
  • Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University, Co-Chair
  • Terry Gilmour, Midland College
  • Maureen Feeley, University of California, San Diego
  • William Jennings, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


If you have questions about the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference, please contact us at [email protected]

Congratulations to Dr. Brooke Thomas Allen, winner of the 2017 CQ Press Award! 

Exhibits & Sponsorships

See the 2017 Exhibitors & Sponsors »

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
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