APSA Distinguished Teaching Award 


Nominations for the 2024 APSA Awards have now closed.


The Distinguished Teaching Award honors outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions.

The award was created on the recommendation of APSA's Teaching and Learning Committee to signal the central role of teaching in the profession. The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $1,000. 

Nomination Information


  • Eligibility: Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award.

    Contributions eligible for this award may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact.

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Jairus V. Grove
University of Hawaii, Manoa

Dr. Jennifer Leonor Erkulwater
University of Richmond

Julia Marin Hellwege
University of South Dakota

Year Recipient Affiliation
2023 M. Brielle Harbin United States Naval Academy
2021 Charity Butcher Kennesaw State University
2020 Peter Lindsay Georgia State University
2019 Arthur Svenson University of Redlands
2018 Timothy Johnson University of Minnesota
2017 Michael Genovese Loyola Marymount University
2016 Dewey Clayton University of Louisville
2015 John Ishiyama University of North Texas
2014 No award given
2013 John Seery Pomona College
2012 Denise Scherberle University of Colorado, Denver

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Distinguished Teaching Award for future educators in political science. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.

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