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2018 Teaching and Learning Conference

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 APSA Teaching and Learning conference is a unique conference that 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.

If you're unable to attend but looking to boost your visibility at the conference, advertise in the TLC program book. With a concise, 30-page program, your half- or full-page ad will stand out at the event.

Formats & Track Themes

There are three presentation formats options for the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference: tracks, panels, and workshops. All panel and track papers are presented in a collaborative environment, with materials shared in advance and all participants serving as discussants. Some papers are part of a larger working group track; others are independent of any particular track theme and organized into panels. Workshops provide participants with hands-on experience in the use of practical instructional methods that they can take with them to their home institutions. All attendees will be asked to select a track when registering and will expected to attend each session in the selected track. Panel and workshop attendance is not determined by track, and these sessions are open to any conference attendee.

Conference Program: Explore the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference program.

The schedule-at-a-glance is available here.


The last day for online registration is Wednesday, 1/24. After this date, all registrations can be completed onsite with a credit card or cash payment.

Registration Rates:


Early Bird Rate
Register by December 11, 2017

Standard Rate
Register after December 11, 2017

APSA Member*






Student Member*



*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.*

Short Course on Advanced Placement Government and Politics Courses
The College Board is holding a short course on advanced placement government and politics courses at the 2018 TLC. The course will include a plenary presentation on upcoming changes to the AP Government and Politics Programs (U.S. and Comparative), and breakout presentations on teaching topics in U.S. and Comparative Government and Politics. This session will be of interest to AP and college educators.

The course will take place on Friday, February 2 from 9am-12pm. More information is available here

Hotel Information

The 2018 TLC will take place at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The advanced booking room rate is $129 for a single or double, $149 for a triple, and $169 for a quad. The conference rate will be available until January 11, 2018.

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.

The deadline for submissions has passed. Information on travel grants will be sent out in January.


Two awards will be given out at the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference. The deadline for submissions has passed. The award recipients will be announced in January.

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 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.


The APSA Ombuds will be available during the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultations with attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or who have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the annual meeting.

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

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

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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