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APSA Annual Meeting Pedagogy Workshop

APSA will host its second annual pedagogy workshop on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Boston, prior to the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting.  

The workshop will be hosted by Professors Bethany Blackstone (University of North Texas) and Maryann Gallagher (University of Georgia). It is designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market and junior faculty preparing first courses and tenure promotion files. 

Topics will include (1) student engagement and learning, (2) syllabus design, (3) developing assignments and assessments, (4) creating learning experiences, and (5) teaching statements and portfolios. Workshop attendance is free and is capped at 15 participants. 

Learn more and apply here! The deadline for applications is June 29, 2018.

APSA Teaching and Learning Conference

The APSA Teaching and Learning Conference is a forum for scholars to share effective and innovative teaching and learning models and to discuss broad themes and values of political science education, especially the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

The next stand-alone Teaching and Learning Conference will take place in winter 2020. Learn more here.

Annual Meeting Teaching & Learning Events

The APSA Annual Meeting offers a wide range of opportunities to develop pedagogical, research, and networking skills. A variety of panels and roundtables at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco addressed issues of teaching and learning, as well as professional development. Find out more about these events here

As part of the 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston, APSA will be hosting the first Teaching and Learning Mini-Conference. Taking place on Saturday, September 1, 2018, this mini-conference seeks to provide an interactive forum for scholars to share tools for political science education and research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Learn more here!

Centennial Center Teaching Workshops

APSA's Centennial Center recently hosted a two-day, teaching-oriented workshop for faculty of introductory courses related to American government. Led by Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin College) and Caroline Tolbert (University of Iowa & University of Delaware), this workshop took place May 18-19, 2018 at APSA’s national office in Washington, DC. 

APSA’s Teaching Workshops provide a unique opportunity for faculty with similar teaching interests to refresh existing syllabi, develop new teaching approaches, and share best practices. In addition to assessing fundamental texts and themes of American government-related courses, the program included a series of roundtables in which each participant shared a specific teaching resource, class project, or course component with the group.

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back here for information on other upcoming workshops!

You can also learn about past Centennial Center workshops here.


APSA works with political science faculty and departments to facilitate webinars on topics related to a range of issues in political science education, including scholarship, pedagogy, and teaching tools. 

Learn more 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].  

Learn more about featured undergraduate research projects here 

Teaching Awards

The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes 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. To submit nominations and learn more about the award committee, click here

The APSA Campus Teaching Award recognizes political science faculty who received teaching awards from their own colleges or universities during the past academic year. APSA features the winners and titles of their awards in the October issue of PS: Political Science and Politics. Interviews with previous award winners can be found here. 

Syllabi in Political Science

Among a teacher's most arduous tasks each semester is to prepare syllabi for the upcoming class schedule. As faculty teach a more diverse array of courses, many rely on assistance and suggestions from colleagues to design classes and the growing number of syllabi that can be found online. 

The APSA Syllabi Project assists in this endeavor by making available a wide array of syllabi for courses in all subfields of political science.  If you have questions about the APSA Syllabi Project, please contact [email protected].

In the wake of the August 2017 events in Charlottesville, APSA has also collected teaching, learning and discussion resources on politics, power, and group differences in the United States. This is a dynamic collection, and we welcome member contributions via the online submission form. Learn more and submit materials 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.  

Resources include the book Teaching Civic Engagement and information on the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Statement & Plan

APSA Task Force Reports & Publications

The APSA task forces seek to expand the public presence of political science by putting the best of political science research and knowledge at the service of critical issues that have major public policy implications and by sharing with broader society what political scientists know about important trends and issues in areas of public concern. 

Many of the task forces include teaching relevant topics and resources, such as the Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century. To see a full list, please visit Reports.

PS: Political Science and Politics also includes many articles on teaching and resources for teachers. To browse the latest issue and search the archives for teaching resources, please visit the PS homepage at Cambridge Journals


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.

Additional Resources
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