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Distinguished Teaching Award

The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The contribution may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact. The award carries a $1,000 prize.

The award was created on the recommendation of APSA's Teaching and Learning Committee and has been endowed through generous gifts from APSA members. It signals the central role of teaching in the profession.

Submit a nomination for the 2019 award here.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

List of all APSA Distinguished Teaching Recipients

For more than 100 years, the American Political Science Association has sought to recognize excellence across the discipline. This award signals the central role of teaching in the profession.

Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida

Dick Simpson, University of Illinois, Chicago


  • Anonymous
  • Barbara B. Bardes
  • Harold F. Bass
  • John C. Berg
  • Mitchell Brown
  • Michelle Deardorff
  • Mary H. Durfee
  • Welling Hall
  • Kim Quaile Hill
  • Karen M. Hult
  • John Ishiyama
  • Tobe Johnson
  • Jane Y. Junn
  • Melvin A. Kahn
  • Gary Klass
  • David B. Magleby
  • L. Sandy Maisel
  • Alison McCartney
  • Richard G. Niemi
  • Elinor Ostrom
  • Carole Pateman
  • William D. Pederson
  • Dianne M. Pinderhughes
  • Philip H. Pollock III
  • Barbara A. Presnall
  • Erin E. Richards
  • Mark Carl Rom
  • Kay Lehman Schlozman
  • Theda Skocpol
  • Rogers Smith
  • James A. Thurber
  • Pamela A. Zeiser

Fund Leaders

  • Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • Thomas R. Dye
  • Morris Fiorina
  • Ole R. Holsti
  • Kenneth Janda
  • Calvin C. Jillson
  • Nancy S. Love
  • Henry R. Nau
  • Larry J. Sabato
  • W. Phillips Shively
  • Robert J. Spitzer
  • Susan Welch
  • James Q. Wilson

Gifts from members and friends to help fund the award are always appreciated and help APSA promote teaching in political science.
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2019 Distinguished Teaching Award Committee

Chair: Maureen C. Feeley
University of California, San Diego
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Dr. Laura A. Henry
Bowdoin College
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H. W. Perry, Jr.
University of Texas at Austin
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