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Ñusta Carranza Ko: 2020-2021 Campus Teaching Award Winner

October 20, 2021

Excellence in teaching political science is essential to the discipline. This interview series highlights campus teaching award winners who have been recognized by APSA for their achievements. Learn more about the campus teaching award recognition program here. Ñusta Carranza Ko won the University of Baltimore’s 2020-2021 Mentor of the Year Award. View a complete list of…

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Scaffolding The Video Essay: An Alternative Research Assignment

August 31, 2021

Aaron Ettinger, Carleton University I’d never laughed with joy at a student presentation before. Usually, any amusement while grading arises from some malapropism or logical leap that only an undergraduate could construct. But this was different. My delight came from an exquisitely selected YouTube clip that was embedded in online presentation, submitted as part of…

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There Is No Such Thing As “Going Back”

August 30, 2021

Kerry F. Crawford, James Madison University Leah Cathryn Windsor, The University of Memphis Colleges and universities in the United States are desperate to “return to normal” after three semesters of teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty, staff, and students have weathered all the disruptions, challenges, and stress that accompany the effort to carry…

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The Chair’s Summer

July 23, 2021

Robin Kolodny • Temple University Click Here to Download the complete Department Chair Quarterly. I’ve been asked to write about how chairs might best use their time over the summer.  This suggests you have free time (!). Still, most of us do have a moment when the email requests slow down, and you can take…

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The APSA Executive Director’s Corner

July 23, 2021

Steven Rathgeb Smith • American Political Science Association Click Here to Download the complete Department Chair Quarterly. Greetings!  I hope you and your family are healthy and OK in these challenging times.  I am grateful for the opportunity to update you on programmatic developments at APSA, especially as it pertains to the concerns and priorities…

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Annual Faculty Evaluations: A Flawed Process

July 23, 2021

Phillip Ardoin • Appalachian State University Click Here to Download the complete Department Chair Quarterly. Completing the annual evaluation of faculty is one of the most important responsibilities of a Department Chair. The annual evaluation impacts faculty merit pay and is a critical role in a faculty member’s tenure and promotion process. While the role…

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How Department Chairs Can Promote Gender Equity

July 23, 2021

Melissa Michelson • Menlo College Patricia Stapleton • RAND Corporation Click Here to Download the complete Department Chair Quarterly. The discipline of political science and academia more generally continue to evade fully realizing gender equity. Women are disproportionately burdened with service commitments, experience systematic bias in their student evaluations of teaching (SETs), and face institutional…

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Post-Pandemic (R)evolution Normal

July 23, 2021

Cammy Shay • Houston Community College Click Here to Download the complete Department Chair Quarterly. The shocks of the pandemic can color the way we reflect on the experiences of the past 16-months. Still, without sounding too Pollyannaish, I’ve considered the constructive lessons we’ve learned in my department after being thrust into the new—and completely…

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Developing Global Citizenship: Introducing a Teaching Toolkit

July 13, 2021

Henrike Lehnguth • University of Maryland, College Park Jenny Wüstenberg • University of Maryland, College Park This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s December 2006 edition. Ask any college teacher about the global awareness and knowledge displayed by his or her undergraduates and you will likely receive a response rife with frustration. A…

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Playing Politics: Using Games to Help Students Prepare for Final Assessments

June 16, 2021

Justin Zimmerman & Kumar Ramanathan, Northwestern University The Challenge We have all stared into it: the black boxes of indifference as we lecture on the past and present lessons of political science. Virtual teaching and learning can be tedious and dry at times. Even when the subject matter is compelling, students may still be apprehensive…

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