Departmental Services Program

The APSA Departmental Services Program supports political science departments by providing resources for department chairs; data and reports on the profession; forums for departments to address common issues; and services for chairs, faculty, and students.

For Department Chairs

Department Chairs' Workshop & Luncheon


Department chairs are invited each year by the Departmental Services Program to a luncheon at the Annual Meeting where participants discuss current issues facing departments.

The subject of the 2021 Chairs' Workshop & Luncheon in Seattle, WA is " Aligning Graduate Training with Hiring Institution Needs: Thinking Way Beyond R1." The roundtable panel will be livestreamed for in-person viewing prior to the luncheon. Register here for the 2021 Department Chairs' Luncheon.



Data on the Profession


The APSA Research Department collects, aggregates, and shares data on the political science profession. Learn more here.


External Review Program for Department Assessment


An external review is a means by which a department assesses its current state and effectiveness, and develops goals and strategies to guide its future. This provides a unique opportunity for a department to consider the experience, expertise, and perspective of the academy at large through the engagement of outside participants who comprise the external review team.

As a resource for APSA departmental members seeking external review, the Departmental Services Program maintains a list of faculty who have volunteered to serve as reviewers. To request names of potential reviewers, please contact [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please submit your information here.


eJobs & Career Fair


APSA eJobs is the most comprehensive database of jobs related to political science and is accessible to all members. At the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting, departments are invited to reserve a table at the Career Fair for an opportunity to informally connect with interested candidates. The Career Fair is an opportunity for departments, institutions, and organizations to connect with APSA members for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied/non-academic settings.


July 2021 Department Chair Quarterly

Check out the latest APSA Department Quarterly Newsletter!

APSA's pleased to introduce the new Department Chair Quarterly, featuring in-depth articles and discussions on critical issues for department chairs and other leaders. Check it out today! 
If you need to obtain portal access for one of your fellow faculty members, please contact [email protected]
Department Portal

The APSA Departments’ Portal is a free resource for all APSA Department Members and includes a range of resources to support departments and their leaders as they navigate issues critical to the success of their departments. 

It includes resources on topics such as:

  • Diversity and equity;
  • Undergraduate and graduate student recruitment;
  • Faculty hiring;
  • Materials to support improvements in teaching and civic education
  • External review; and
  • Strategies for department leaders

You can access the portal here!


Political Science Club Guide

Political science clubs are a great way to get students involved in department activities and campus life. Such clubs offer benefits to students and departments 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Advising & Mentoring[18451]

Join us for a webinar on "Advising and Mentoring for Applied Careers in Political Science" 

Monday, May 10, 2021 | 12:30-1:30 PM EDT

Are you interested in learning more about how to effectively support and mentor political science graduate students interested in careers in industry, nonprofits, government, and other sectors? This webinar, featuring political science PhDs who have first-hand experience in advising students in applied career paths and/or in successfully landing a job beyond the academy, will provide specific tips and resources for political science faculty to draw upon when advising their students. APSA President, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, will lead the discussion featuring Menna Demessie (Universal Music Group), Shareen Hertel (University of Connecticut), Natalie Jackson (Public Religion Research Institute), and David Lazer (Northeastern University). 

To register for the event, click here.


Access Webinars in the Department Portal

All department webinars can be found in the Department Portal.

Need access to the portal? please contact [email protected].

Departmental Services Committee

The Department Services Committee is tasked with providing input on APSA’s Departmental Services Program and developing department-related programming at the APSA Annual Meeting.

Click here to learn more.

APSA Departmental Memberships

Interested in having your department join APSA as a departmental member?  Learn more here.