Teaching and Learning Resources

APSA offers a wide array of events, initiatives, and resources focused on teaching and learning in political science.

Teaching and Learning Conferences

APSA offers several teaching and learning conferences:

  • Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC): A biennial 3-day event featuring track panel sessions and workshops.
  • TLC at APSA: The teaching and learning conference-within-a-conference held annually at the APSA Annual Meeting.
  • Joint International Teaching & Learning Conference: A new collaboration between APSA, the Political Studies Association (PSA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), providing a forum in which political science educators from different countries and contexts can come together to explore these challenges and share their experiences and teaching practices. 

Centennial Center Teaching & Learning Symposia

Began in 2018, the Centennial Center Teaching & Learning Symposia are three-day workshop-style events held at APSA headquarters in Washington, DC. During the symposia, 10-20 teacher-scholars (including graduate students) come together to present best practices in teaching on a specific theme and work together to build new teaching resources that are made available to the broader political science teaching community. More information about the symposia, including future events, can be found here.

Pedagogy Workshop

The pedagogy workshop is designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market and junior faculty preparing first course and tenure promotion files. Stay tuned for information about the next workshop taking place in San Francisco during the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting.


APSA resources for assessment include Assessment in Political Science (2009), edited by Michelle Deardorff, Kerstin Hamann, and John Ishiyama. This book is written to provide faculty and departments resources on classroom, departmental and program assessment. This guide provides in-depth discussion and resources for all departments and institutions. In addition to general assessment tools, the authors and editors provide guidance on assessing learning in special situations such as in online environments and experiential programs. Learn more about assessment resources here.

Political Science Club Guide

Political science clubs are a great way to get students involved in departments and campus life. Such clubs offer benefits to students and departments alike 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.

Undergraduate Research Week

In conjunction with National Undergraduate Research Week, APSA showcases undergraduate research submitted by political science faculty and departments. Featured research is the result of undergraduate coursework, capstone research, or departmental or college/university-wide undergraduate research efforts. If your students are engaged in research projects this year, please let us know!  Send a short description of any projects (with photos, if applicable) to [email protected].  

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