Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award supports faculty attendance at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference.

The biennial award may include conference registration fees and a one-year complimentary APSA membership. The award is named in honor of former APSA Executive Director Michael Brintnall, who was deeply committed to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline. 

Nomination Information

Contingent faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and faculty whose departments do not provide travel support are particularly encouraged to apply. Priority consideration is given to an applicant that: is presenting at the conference, is a first-time attendee, and on the lowest level of the income scale for APSA membership.  Applications should include a CV and 1 – 2 page personal statement.

Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award Committee

Dr. Shane Nordyke
University of South Dakota
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Dr. Sara Parker
Chabot College
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2020 Award Recipient 


John Twichell
is a Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2015) and Lecturer of International Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, where he instructs undergraduate courses in international relations, in research methodology, and in civic engagement and internships. In addition, in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Twichell is Coordinator of the Arts and Sciences Program for Internship-Related Experiences (ASPIRE), which assists undergraduates in identifying opportunities to develop their practical skills.

Year Recipient Affiliation
2020 John Twichell University of Miami
2018 Janet Reilly Sarah Lawrence College

John Twichell, and many other political scientists like him, are able to attend professional development conferences thanks to the support from individual donations. Please consider making a donation to continue the Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award for the next deserving educator.

Donate now to Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Scholarship Fund