For Faculty
A key component of APSA's mission is to support political science education and the professional development of its practitioners. Teaching is a vital component of our discipline. The Association seeks to generate a greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies that can be effectively applied in the political science classroom through programs like the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, the APSA Distinguished Teaching Award, the APSA Spotlight on Undergraduate Research, and various panels on pedagogical topics at the annual meeting.
Teaching Resources & Syllabi

APSA maintains a range of teaching resources, including syllabi, assessment information, and civic education materials. Learn more here.       

Departmental Services Program

The APSA Departmental Services Program (DSP) assists political science teaching, scholarship, and service by providing resources for department chairs; data and reports on the profession; forums for departments to address common issues; and services for chairs, faculty, and students. The program is overseen by the Committee on Departmental Services. Learn more here

Civic Education & Engagement 

Education for civic engagement and responsive governance were founding objectives of the political science profession at the beginning of the 20th century and remain essential for the 21st century. Supporting and sustaining quality civic education has been an important theme throughout the history of the American Political Science Association. Learn more about Civic Education & Engagement at APSA here.  

  • Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017): Building on the 2013 book Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, this newest edition explains how campuses can promote high quality education for civic engagement, providing a wealth of examples of successful practices, techniques, and assessment strategies. It focuses on best practices across disciplines and campuses, evaluating the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum.

Funding, Support and Programs for Political Science

APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors, among them the Centennial Center programs. APSA also provides information about non-APSA funding opportunities for study and research in political science and related disciplines here

Small Research Grant Program

The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research and further the careers of political scientists who are not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field. Learn more here.

Data and Reports for the Profession

APSA offers a number of reports for the profession. Obtain reports on profession data; salaries; political science enrollments, majors, and degrees; and more. View reports»

Ethics for Faculty

Political scientists share problems in common with practitioners of other scholarly disciplines. They also frequently encounter ethical problems unique to their professional concerns. To assist scholars in working through problems and differences, APSA maintains a standing committee to oversee complaints and offers an authoritative statement of ethical principles for political scientists, particularly for those newly entering the profession. Download the Ethics Guide here.