Teaching and Learning

APSA's Teaching and Learning Program supports political science education and the professional development of its practcioners. Programs include TLC at APSA, the Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC), our Teaching & Learning Symposia, a Teaching and Learning webinar series, as well as APSA Educate - an online library of teaching and learning resources available without charge. 


Teaching & Education

A key component of APSA's mission is to support political science education and the professional development of its practitioners. Teaching is a vital component of the discipline, and APSA seeks to generate a greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies that can be effectively applied in the political science classroom. Programs include the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, teaching awards, the APSA syllabus project, and civic engagement initiatives.

APSA Educate

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

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Pedagogy Workshop
The pedagogy workshop is designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market and early-career faculty preparing first course and tenure promotion files. More information about the pedagogy workshops can be found here.
APSA resources for assessment include Assessment in Political Science (2009), edited by Michelle Deardorff, Kerstin Hamann, and John Ishiyama. This book is written to provide faculty and departments resources on classroom, departmental and program assessment. This guide provides in-depth discussion and resources for all departments and institutions. In addition to general assessment tools, the authors and editors provide guidance on assessing learning in special situations such as in online environments and experiential programs. 

Learn more about assessment resources here.

Political Science Club Guide
Political science clubs are a great way to get students involved in departments and campus life. Such clubs offer benefits to students and departments alike 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.
Undergraduate Research Week
In conjunction with National Undergraduate Research Week, APSA showcases undergraduate research submitted by political science faculty and departments. Featured research is the result of undergraduate coursework, capstone research, or departmental or college/university-wide undergraduate research efforts. If your students are engaged in research projects this year, please let us know!  Send a short description of any projects (with photos, if applicable) to teaching@apsanet.org.