CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation 

Nominations are now closed.

The CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation honors a wide range of new directions in teaching.

The award, supported by CQ Press, carries a cash prize of $500 and financial support for travel costs, and is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting or Teaching and Learning Conference.

Nomination Information

Examples of eligible nominations include a professor that used an innovative course syllabus or a new multimedia approach to reaching students.

All submissions should include:

  • Personal statement (written by the nominee) detailing the teaching innovation, its impact, and why this innovation deserves this honor.
  • Letter of nomination from nominating faculty (if relevant), briefly summarizing the teaching innovation and its impact, and explaining why it deserves this honor.
  • Other supporting documents of nominee and/or nominator’s choosing.



CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Desiree S. Pedescleaux
Spelman College
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Dr. Michael C. Munger
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Rachel VanSickle-Ward
Pitzer College
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2020 Award Recipient 

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Jennie Sweet-Cushman
is an assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in public policy, American politics, women and politics, and research methods. She was the 2018-2019 “Teacher of the Year” in Chatham’s School of Arts Science and Business. From 2013 to 2019, she also served as the Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. A former (successful) congressional campaign manager herself, Jennie earned her Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2014. Her research focuses on women’s political ambition and representation in the U.S., as well as gender equity in academia. Her recent work has appeared in PS: Political Science & Politics; Politics, Groups and Identities; and Politics and the Life Sciences. She currently serves as a commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission, appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto in 2017.

Year Recipient Affiliation
2020 Jennie Sweet-Cushman Chatham University
2019 Nicole Kalaf-Hughes Bowling Green State University
2018 Eric Loepp University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
2017 Brooke Thomas Allen Macomb Community College
2016 Amanda Rosen Webster University
2015 Victor Asal SUNY, University at Albany
2014 Mika LaVaque-Manty University of Michigan
2013 Brian M. Harward Allegheny College
2011 Marjorie Randon Hershey Indiana University
2010 Jerry Goldman Northwestern University