Resources for Community College Faculty

APSA continues to introduce new programming focused on supporting the specific needs of community college faculty as relates to teaching, professional development, community engagement, and research. Questions or suggestions related to APSA's programs related to community college faculty can be directed to teaching@apsanet.org.

APSA Community College Faculty Award

The Community College Faculty Award identifies the contributions of community college faculty in the creation of innovative curriculum, creative teaching, promoting equity in mentorship, advancing civic and community engagement, participating in institutional shared governance, and promoting research.

Community College Status Committee

The Committee on the Status of Community Colleges in the Profession works to create an inclusive culture for community college faculty, increase community college faculty membership, build relationships across institutions, and recommend programming. Individuals with questions or who are interested in supporting the work of the committee should email teaching@apsanet.org.

APSA Grants for Community College Faculty
  • Peer-to-Peer-Pedagogical Partnership Grants: Supporting projects that create partnerships among colleagues at different kinds of higher education institutions, including 2-year colleges, and generate cutting-edge teaching materials based on recent research.
  • Small Research Grants: Provides grants of up to $2,500 to support research in all fields of political science conducted by faculty at community colleges, four-year institutions that do not grant PhDs, and contingent faculty.



APSA Educate is an online library for political science teaching and learning materials. All materials on Educate are open resources and available without charge.

  • Access a broad range of high-quality political science teaching and learning materials including syllabi, in-class activities, simulations, writing assignments, civic engagement tools, and more!
  • Save favorite resources to your personal teaching resource library.
  • Learn from and share with colleagues through blog posts – featuring member-driven conversations around political science education.
  • Ask questions, discuss modifications to and experiences with resources via comments.
  • Recommend a colleague whose teaching should be showcased.

APSA Events for Community College Faculty

Career Paths of Community College Faculty

APSA’s Career Paths series explores the wide range of career trajectories that political science PhDs can take, including at community colleges, and provides specific career advice for graduate students entering the job market.

RAISE the Vote campaign


The RAISE the Vote campaign  features blog posts from faculty and students on teaching practices, research, and campus activities related to student voting and political participation. Political science faculty are encouraged to use the blog posts as resources for course preparation, class assignments, and in learning about strategies to encourage student voting and political participation. Faculty and students interested in contributing a blog post to the campaign should email teaching@apsanet.org.

The Journal of Political Science Education


The Journal of Political Science Education  is an intellectually rigorous, path-breaking, agenda-setting journal that publishes the highest quality scholarship on teaching and pedagogical issues in political science. The journal aims to represent the full range of questions, issues and approaches regarding political science education, including teaching-related issues, methods and techniques, learning/teaching activities and devices, educational assessment in political science, and curriculum development.