APSA Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC)

Thank you for your interest in the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC). The APSA Council has voted to hold APSA's Teaching & Learning Conference every two years, rather than on an annual basis.  

The 2023 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference invited the political science education community to engage in “Re-Energizing Political Science Education: Innovations and New Opportunities.” The 2023 TLC was held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, February 10-12.

Theme Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the educational experience of students and teachers, exposing and widening pre-existing inequalities in higher education. As we navigate the post-COVID world and reimagine our classrooms, what are the lessons and innovations from the pandemic that faculty, colleges, and universities can continue integrating into political science education? How can we engage students, faculty, and communities? How can we make political science fun and relevant, and rediscover the joy of teaching?

The next APSA Teaching & Learning Conference will take place in 2025. 

More information about TLC at APSA can be found here.
Past TLC Conferences

Get a glimpse of past Teaching and Learning Conferences. 

The 2020 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference theme was “Teaching to Empower Students.” As students encounter an often tumultuous reality that includes an evolving academy, uncertain job markets, and an increasingly contentious political sphere, how can we empower them to thrive in their educational and individual pursuits and ensure that they are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems? Specifically, what teaching and learning strategies can we employ to build the skills and confidence our students will need? 

The 2019 Joint TLC was a collaboration between APSA, the Political Studies Association (PSA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). It took place in Brighton, England from June 17-19, 2019. The conference aimed to provide a forum in which political science educators from different countries and contexts could come together to explore these challenges and share their experiences and teaching practices 

The second Teaching & Learning Conference at APSA (TLC at APSA) took place Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Washington, DC as part of the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting. This conference-within-a-conference explored the theme of "Political Science Education in the Time of Resurgent Populism and Privilege." View the full schedule here.

The first Teaching & Learning Conference at APSA (TLC at APSA) took place Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts as part of the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting. This mini-conference explored the theme of "Political Science Education in Contentious Times." View the full schedule here.

The 15th Annual TLC took place in Baltimore, Maryland, February 2-4, to explore the conference theme, "Teaching Politics as a Public Good: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the Classroom." Explore the 2018 Teaching & Learning Conference program.

The 14th Annual TLC took place in Long Beach, California, February 10-12, to explore the conference theme, "The 21st Century Classroom: Creating an Engaging Environment for All Students." View the full online program that includes the 2017 daily schedule, track and workshop details, and exhibitor/sponsor events.

The 13th Annual TLC took place in Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront, February 12-14, to explore the conference theme, 'Rethinking the Way We Teach: High-Impact Methods In the Classroom." full online program

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