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Using Work-Study Internships to Promote Civic Education & Student Leadership Development

November 20, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend, ebennion@iusb.edu This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2020 issue. As American Democracy Project Director at Indiana University South Bend, I plan dozens of events and engage hundreds of participants each semester. The goal of the project is to enhance students’ civic knowledge, skills,…

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Using Elections to Teach Civic Engagement

November 20, 2020

M. Sell, Highline College, tmsell@highline.edu  This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2020 series.   Every fall, I build parts of my political science classes around the elections. That may seem obvious, but I believe it can work in a way that helps get students to care. All of our circumstances are…

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Breaking it Down: Writing a Doctoral Dissertation Prospectus

November 20, 2020

Susan E. Baer, Contributing Faculty Member, School of Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, susan.baer@waldenu.edu  This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2020 series.   I teach and mentor doctoral students who are writing qualitative dissertations in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University.  Students often feel overwhelmed throughout…

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Should Political Science Professors Remain Non-partisan in the Classroom?

November 20, 2020

Mark Carl Rom, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Georgetown University, romm@georgetown.edu  This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2020 series.   There is never a dull time to teach courses on American politics, but presidential election years are even more exciting: the students are engaged and the stakes are high….

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Rethinking the Role of the University in Promoting Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

November 20, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend, ebennion@iusb.edu This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2020 issue.  As a political scientist, and teacher-scholar, I am eager to use my research and teaching skills to equip my students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences they need to be informed, engaged voters…

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Political Science Educator: Fall 2020, vol. 24, issue 2

November 20, 2020

APSA’s Political Science Education section’s newsletter. Table of Contents Information Message from Section President Terry Gilmour The Teacher-Scholar Column Rethinking the Role of the University in Promoting Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Elizabeth A. Bennion, Ph.D. Community College Voices Using Elections to Teach Civic Engagement T.M. Sell Featured Essays Breaking it Down: Writing a Doctoral…

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Message from Section President

November 20, 2020

Terry Gilmour, Midland College, tgilmour@midland.edu This essay was originally published in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2020 series. Dear Section: My last update was right before the Teaching and Learning Conference in Albuquerque in February of this year.  Wow!  How our lives and our profession have changed since that time.  Many of us are still…

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Call for Materials: “Teaching the 2020 U.S. Election”

November 20, 2020

The 2020 U.S. election presents unique challenges and opportunities for political science students and educators. In response, the American Political Science Association is seeking teaching resources focused on the 2020 U.S. election, the presidential transition, and the incoming Biden-Harris administration to be featured on Educate – APSA’s new teaching resource library.  If you are discussing the election with your students, please consider sharing your teaching materials with your colleagues by uploading them…

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Expanding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Political Methodology: The Data Lab @TAMUPOLS

October 28, 2020

Dr. Brittany Perry, Instructional Associate Professor, Texas A&M University at College Station bnperry@tamu.edu & Professional Website Although the representation of women and minorities in STEM subjects has improved in recent decades, a lack of diversity remains an issue across a range of fields (e.g. Porter and Serra, 2019; APLU, 2016). Within political science, gender and race…

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Changes to the Journal of Political Science Education

October 23, 2020

Victor Asal, State University of New York, Albany This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Winter 2017 issue. I am writing to you as the new editor in chief of the Journal of Political Science Education (JPSE). The team of editors — myself, Mitchell Brown, Shane Nordyke, Joseph W. Roberts, Mark Johnson, and…

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