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
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.
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
Schedule at a Glance
View the 2016 Schedule at a Glance (opens
in a new window). Times are subject to change.
View the 2016 Daily Schedule (opens in a new window).
Track schedule links will open in a new window. See all tracks.
Civic Engagement (437 KB)
Core Curriculum General Education (437
Integrating Technology into the Classroom (439
Online Learning (438 KB)
Teaching Democratic Theory (437
- Teaching How to Teach (439 KB)
Simulations and Games (441 KB)
Teaching Research Literacy (437 KB)
- The Inclusive Classroom (440 KB)
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)
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
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.
Early Bird Rate
Register by December 15, 2015
Register after December 15, 2015
*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
for more information.
Congratulations to our award winners!
Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award: William Jennings, University of Tennessee
Learn more >>
CQ Press Award for Teaching Recognition: Amanda Rosen, Webster University
Learn more >>
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].