2016 Teaching & Learning Conference, Portland, Oregon


2016 Annual Teaching & Learning Conference - Portland, Oregon - Marriott Portland Waterfront - February 12 to 14, 2016

13th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference
February 12-14, 2016 | Portland, Oregon | Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
Theme: "Rethinking the Way We Teach: High-Impact Methods In the Classroom"

Thank you to all who attended the 13th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference!

Join us for a unique meeting to promote greater understanding of high-impact practices and innovative methodologies for the political science classroom. The conference provides a forum for scholars to participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning, share pedagogical techniques, and discuss trends in political science education. We welcome proposals from educators at all levels 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 interactive workshops. Papers are presented in a collaborative working group environment, in which the participants in a theme 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 provide participants with hands-on experience in the use of practical instructional methods that they can take with them to their home institutions. Examples of workshops at previous Teaching and Learning Conferences include using mapping software to teach students how to visualize political information, using games to teach theories of political violence, and how to assess curricula on the basis of students’ knowledge of and skills in environmental sustainability. At this year’s conference, we are particularly interested in having a workshop on teaching about the 2016 elections and cutting edge election techniques.

Conference Format

View this year's Teaching & Learning conference themes. Each of these themes will run as a track. 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 2016 Schedule at a Glance (opens in a new window). Times are subject to change. 

Daily Schedule

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Track Schedules

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  1. Civic Engagement (437 KB)
  2. Core Curriculum General Education (437 KB)
  3. Integrating Technology into the Classroom (439 KB)
  4. Online Learning (438 KB)
  5. Teaching Democratic Theory (437 KB)
  6. Teaching How to Teach (439 KB)
  7. Simulations and Games (441 KB)
  8. Teaching Research Literacy (437 KB)
  9. The Inclusive Classroom (440 KB)

Workshop Schedule

Workshops will run at 4:00 p.m. on Friday at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Workshops (531KB PDF - Opens in a new window)

Keynote Address

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Keynote Speaker will be C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. Watson is the Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Georgia where he leads university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, learning technologies, media and production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Learn more about Edward(opens in a new windows)

Watson will speak to attendees about "Classroom 2020 ":
There are a number of significant trends that are currently impacting higher education, including rising costs, student debt, assessment and accountability, MOOCs, changing student populations, and more. Ultimately, there are a number of industries that stand to profit from decisions made by higher education in the coming months and years, and as a result, there are significant pressures that may drive decision making in a number of directions. As we move forward in this period of disruption, it is important that we also ensure that decisions regarding instructional change are coupled with what we know about learning. This interactive keynote will take into account the 10 most compelling trends in higher education today and pair them with 10 things we empirically know about learning and cognition. The hallmark of this keynote will be attendee engagement in considering what teaching and learning in higher education will look like in 2020. Those who attend will be asked to create a vision for the future, grounded in learning theory and the realities of higher education and answer the question: What is the future you want to make?

Pre-Conference Short Course

Register for "Core Knowledge and Assessment Strategies in Advanced Placement and Introductory University Courses on U.S. and Comparative Government" on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Read more about the course or register now


Registration & Hotel Reservations

Online registration is now closed. Registration can be done on-site and will open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, in the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront's lower level lobby. Registration will be open until 5:30 p.m.

Registration Rates:

Empty Cell Early Bird Rate
Register by December 15, 2015

Standard Rate
Register after December 15, 2015

APSA Member* $250 $275
Non-Member $325 $370
Student Member* $150 $175

*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.

Reserve your room at the Marriott Portland Waterfront Downtown online (opens in a new window) or by calling 1-800-228-9290. If you make your reservations by phone, please let the hotel know that you are booking under the APSA group rate of $139/night. Please note the group registration rate does expire on January 19 and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Welcome to Portland:

In Portland, it’s easy to find limitless recreation, fabulous food and drink and flourishing culture. See for yourself, and come early or stay late to enjoy all that Portland has to offer.With no sales tax, Portland is a haven for shoppers. You’ll find retailers large and small, international and indie within easy reach of downtown hotels. The nearby Pearl District is home to galleries, boutiques, chic restaurants and the legendary Powell’s City of Books. An award-winning airport, efficient light rail system and pedestrian-friendly city blocks in the central city make getting around town a real pleasure. Visit Travel Portland for more information.


Congratulations to our award winners!

Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award: William Jennings, University of Tennessee 
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CQ Press Award for Teaching Recognition: Amanda Rosen, Webster University
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Exhibitors & Sponsors

View the 2016 exhibitor and sponsor directory, and learn more about exhibit, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities at the conference on the exhibits page.

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:
  • Dick Simpson, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chad Raymond, Salve Regina University 
  • Sara Moats, Florida International University
  • Audrey Haynes, University of Georgia
  • Chera LaForge, Indiana University East

Questions about the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference? Contact [email protected].

Exhibitors & Sponsors

View the 2016 exhibitor and sponsor directory, and learn more about exhibit, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities at the conference on the exhibits page.