APSA Distinguished Teaching Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $1,000. 

Nomination Information

Contributions eligible for this award may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact.

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee

Chair: Rachel Paine Caufield
Drake University
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Dr. Meredith Rolfe
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Dr. Jose D. Villalobos
University of Texas at El Paso
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2019 Award Recipient 


Dr. Art Svenson
is David Boies Professor of Government at the University of Redlands, for thirty-eight years his academic home. He received his B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a student of C. Herman Pritchett. Art teaches constitutional law with research interests focusing on legal issues surrounding end-of-life choices for terminally ill competent adults. Dr. Svenson has received numerous teaching and research awards from students and faculty, and has enjoyed two Fulbright scholarships to teach constitutional law in the People’s Republic of China. Art is a professional violinist with over fifty years of service in regional symphony orchestras. He is a lifelong cyclist, and an enthusiastic traveler.

Year Recipient Affiliation
2019 Arthur Svenson University of Redlands
2018 Timothy Johnson University of Minnesota
2017 Michael Genovese Loyola Marymount University
2016 Dewey Clayton University of Louisville
2015 John Ishiyama University of North Texas
2014 No award given
2013 John Seery Pomona College
2012 Denise Scherberle University of Colorado, Denver

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