APSA Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC)

Thank you for your interest in the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC)!

The APSA Council has voted to hold APSA's Teaching & Learning Conference every two years, rather than on an annual basis. The next stand-alone conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque from February 7-9. More information on registration, housing, travel grants, and the call for proposals is available below and on the conference website.


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Join us in Albuquerque for the 2020 APSA 2020 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, February 7-9, 2020 | Register Now! 

The 2020 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference theme is “Teaching to Empower Students.” As students encounter an often tumultuous reality that includes an evolving academy, uncertain job markets, and an increasingly contentious political sphere, how can we empower them to thrive in their educational and individual pursuits and ensure that they are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems? Specifically, what teaching and learning strategies can we employ to build the skills and confidence our students will need?

We encourage submissions that explore the ways we use our teaching and programs to empower our students as individuals, scholars, and citizens. Learn more about the conference and view the full call for proposals.

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  • Registration for the 2020 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC) is open! View rates and register now
  • Awards: Applications for the 2020 TLC Awards closed on November 15, 2019. 
    • The Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award supports attendance at the conference. The award may include conference registration fees and a one-year complimentary APSA membership. Contingent faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and faculty whose departments do not provide travel support are particularly encouraged to apply. 
    • The CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation recognizes a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. The award seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching.

TLC 2020 Travel Grant Applications: Submission window closed.

  • Travel Grants: APSA is pleased to provide travel grants to assist scholars in attending the 2020 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  All attendees are eligible; however, first-time attendees, graduate students, unemployed members, international scholars, community college faculty, and contingent faculty will be prioritized, as will meeting presenters. The application window is now closed. 
2019 Joint International Teaching and Learning Conference

The 2019 Joint TLC was a collaboration between APSA, the Political Studies Association (PSA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). It took place in Brighton, England from June 17-19, 2019. The conference aimed to provide a forum in which political science educators from different countries and contexts could come together to explore these challenges and share their experiences and teaching practices. 

Past TLC Conferences

Get a glimpse of past Teaching and Learning Conferences. 

The second Teaching & Learning Conference at APSA (TLC at APSA) took place Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Washington, DC as part of the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting. This conference-within-a-conference explored the theme of "Political Science Education in the Time of Resurgent Populism and Privilege." View the full schedule here.

The first Teaching & Learning Conference at APSA (TLC at APSA) took place Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts as part of the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting. This mini-conference explored the theme of "Political Science Education in Contentious Times." View the full schedule here.

The 15th Annual TLC took place in Baltimore, Maryland, February 2-4, to explore the conference theme, "Teaching Politics as a Public Good: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the Classroom." Explore the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference program.

The 14th Annual TLC took place in Long Beach, California, February 10-12, to explore the conference theme, "The 21st Century Classroom: Creating an Engaging Environment for All Students." View the full online program that includes the 2017 daily schedule, track and workshop details, and exhibitor/sponsor events.

The 13th Annual TLC took place in Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront, February 12-14, to explore the conference theme, 'Rethinking the Way We Teach: High-Impact Methods In the Classroom." View the full online program.

Questions? If you have any questions about the APSA Teaching & Learning Conference, please contact us at [email protected].