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Using Light Board Lectures as a Tool for Student Engagement in an Online Political Science Statistics Course

October 28, 2021

Political Science Educator: volume 25, issue 1 Featured Essays Gregory A. Petrow, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska, Omaha Teaching quantitative analysis is important in disciplines such as political science that conduct the scientific study of human society. It allows students to become better consumers of political science research. It opens up the…

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Reflections on Learning Political Science from Five Decades of Studies focused on Civic Teaching and Learning

October 28, 2021

Political Science Educator: volume 25, issue 1 Featured Essays Judith Torney-Purta, Professor Emerita of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park Only once in my career did I teach in a political science department – a course on political socialization. However, as a social scientist I have been responsible for collecting, analyzing and presenting large-scale…

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Bridges over Troubled Waters: The Challenges and Opportunities of Peer Tutoring Politics

October 28, 2021

Political Science Educator: volume 25, issue 1 Featured Essays Olivia Antonson, Peer Tutor Erika Cornelius Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Nichols College Whether the polis is, in an Aristotelian sense, natural or crafted, it requires leadership to function at its best. Through a contemporary lens, teaching political science to undergraduate students…

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Department-Level Graduate Student Peer Teaching Workshops

October 28, 2021

Political Science Educator: volume 25, issue 1 Featured Essays William O’Brochta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Louisiana Tech University Bryant J. Moy, PhD Student, Washington University in St. Louis Teaching for the first time involves many personal and philosophical decisions, however, it is difficult for new teachers to have successful experiences as teaching assistants and…

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A Dynamic Duo: APSACivic and Political Science Education—A Partnership for Civic Innovation

October 28, 2021

Political Science Educator: volume 25, issue 1 The Teacher-Scholar Column Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend. As a teacher-scholar, I am always seeking new ways to improve my teaching and research, and to connect with others who can help me develop as a teacher, scholar, and engaged member of my community. I also seek…

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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 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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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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