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Space Traders – A Classroom Simulation

October 12, 2022

Teaching Race, Ethnicity, and Politics: Identity, Discrimination, & Inequality Dr. Rachel Yon[1] Derrick Bell’s Space Traders, set in the year 2000, posits a modern-day choice of how valuable people are in comparison to resources.[2] He considers how the value of people differs depending on who those people are, how much power they have, and whether…

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Undergraduate Research Assistants and Scholarly Productivity

August 11, 2022

This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Winter/Spring 2017 issue. The Teacher-Scholar Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend One of the responsibilities of our lives as teacher-scholars is to teach students how to be scholars. Research papers, methodology courses, and intensive writing courses can all help students to develop their reading, writing, and…

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From the Student: The Value of an Undergraduate Research Assistantship

August 11, 2022

This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Winter/Spring 2017 issue. Xander E. Laughlin, Indiana University, Bloomington IN When I began my undergraduate career, a political science faculty member at my university selected me to serve as her research assistant. While research assistantships benefit the professor by giving her a “helping hand” in her research,…

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Message from the Section President

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Dear section members: Wow, it’s hard to believe that I’m writing my last newsletter. What a crazy couple of years we have had! Certainly, I did not realize that the bulk of my time as chair of this section would be during a pandemic. I first have to…

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Tips for Working with the Media

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 The Teacher-Scholar Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend Many colleges and universities encourage faculty media engagement to demonstrate the expertise of the faculty, raise the profile of the university, and serve the public good. Media engagement is one of many ways to integrate teaching, research, and service…

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Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Research Notes John C. Davis, The University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Adam Mckee, The University of Arkansas at Monticello The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) is a comprehensive, open-enrollment, rural-serving university. Our aim in this study was to measure the perceptions of UAM students regarding Open…

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Opportunities for Intergenerational Interactions in Undergraduate Research

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Research Notes David J. Fleming, Furman University, and Price St. Clair, Furman University Many universities and university towns are becoming increasingly popular as retirement destinations for senior citizens. The AARP estimates that at least 80 universities have collaborated with continuing-care retirement communities. In addition to these senior living communities,…

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Bringing the Students Back in: How to Re-Engage Students in a “Post-Covid” World

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Reflections Reyhan Topal, the State University of New York at Albany, and Farzin Shargh, the State University of New York at Albany The 2021-22 academic year was the first full year since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that many higher education institutions transitioned back to traditional modes…

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Critical Thinking, Information Literacy and Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Tackle Misinformation and Prepare Students for Active Citizenship

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Reflections Barbara Robertson, Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, and Tamra Ortgies-Young, Georgia State University’s Perimeter College Recent political events highlight the fragility of democratic values and the need for the University in creating a framework for civic education becomes more urgent. Our students face the challenge of living…

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Coloring Within (and Sometimes Outside) the Lines: Teaching Gerrymandering and Redistricting

August 11, 2022

Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1 Reflections Nick Kapoor, Fairfield College My fascination with my two undergraduate majors, political science and mathematics, has only grown since graduating from Sacred Heart University in 2011. Gerrymandering and redistricting perfectly blend these two disciplines and thus remain especially interesting to me. In 2011, I investigated how my…

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