APSA Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC)

Thank you for your interest in the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC)!

The next Teaching and Learning Conference will be held in 2023.

The APSA Council has voted to hold APSA's Teaching & Learning Conference every two years, rather than on an annual basis. The last stand-alone conference took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque from February 7-9. More information can be found on the conference website. Conference papers can be found on APSA Preprints.


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APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 7-9, 2020

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?

We encouraged submissions that explore the ways we use our teaching and programs to empower our students as individuals, scholars, and citizens. 

More information about TLC at APSA can be found here.
2019 Joint International Teaching and Learning Conference

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. 

Past TLC Conferences

Get a glimpse of past Teaching and Learning Conferences. 

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." View the full online program.

Questions? If you have any questions about the APSA Teaching & Learning Conference, please contact us at [email protected].