Departmental Services Program

The APSA Departmental Services Program supports political science departments 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.

Become a departmental member to gain a variety of benefits  including access to our newsletters, eJobs, and  the External Review Program for Department Assessment. A full list of departmental membership benefits can be found  hereBecome a departmental member now!  Departmental Members can also access our new department portal here.

This season of giving,

The events of 2020 and 2021 presented challenges for academic leaders at all levels. Department chairs face particular pressures as the key point of contact for faculty, staff, and students. How can and should department leaders respond during times of political, social, and/or public health crisis? In this APSA webinar Loleen Berdahl (Professor and Executive Director, University of Saskatchewan) will lead a roundtable discussion of this topic with four political science leaders from a range of institutions: Thad Kousser (Professor and Chair, University of California, San Diego), Smita Rahman (Associate Professor and Chair, DePauw University), Cammy Shay (Professor and Faculty Division Chair of Government, Houston Community College), and Robin Turner (Associate Professor and Chair, Butler University). Individuals interested in academic leadership, and particularly present, past and future political science department leaders, are encouraged to attend.

A recording will be available in the coming weeks.

For Department Chairs

Department Chairs' Workshop & Luncheon

Department chairs are invited each year by the Departmental Services Program to a luncheon at the Annual Meeting where participants discuss current issues facing departments. 

The subject of the 2019 Chairs' Workshop & Luncheon in Washington, DC was "Best Practices in Faculty Hiring & Recruitment." Check back soon for details of the 2021 Department Chairs' Workshop and Luncheon.

Data on the Profession

The APSA Research Department collects, aggregates, and shares data on the political science profession. Learn more here.

External Review Program for Department Assessment

An external review is a means by which a department assesses its current state and effectiveness, and develops goals and strategies to guide its future. This provides a unique opportunity for a department to consider the experience, expertise, and perspective of the academy at large through the engagement of outside participants who comprise the external review team.

As a resource for APSA departmental members seeking external review, the Departmental Services Program maintains a list of faculty who have volunteered to serve as reviewers. To request names of potential reviewers, please contact [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please submit your information here.

eJobs & Interview Services

APSA eJobs is the most comprehensive database of jobs related to political science and is accessible to all members. APSA also provides space for employers who have posted an eJobs listing to interview candidates at the Annual Meeting Interview Service. The service is provided as a complimentary member benefit to Departmental Services members with posted eJobs.


Political Science Club Guide

Political science clubs are a great way to get students involved in department activities and campus life. Such clubs offer benefits to students and departments by facilitating greater and more meaningful faculty-student engagement, and by providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and leadership experience. Find out more about how and why to start an undergraduate political science club in the APSA Political Science Club Guide.

Department Services Committee

The Department Services Committee is tasked with providing input on APSA’s Departmental Services Program and developing department-related programming at the APSA Annual Meeting.