Call for Proposals: the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Application Deadline Extended to – April 26, 2023

The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Teaching and Learning program is pleased to announce a call for proposals for 15 political scientists to participate in a three-day teaching and learning symposium July 27-29, 2023 at APSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. APSA’s teaching symposia provide a workshop environment where people with similar goals can come together to share their own practices and research related to teaching AND to create new pedagogical materials. The purpose of this symposium is to support the development and dissemination of high-quality scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for the field of political science. The symposium will be led by Mitchell Brown (Auburn University) and Shane Nordyke (University of South Dakota), who previously served as co-editors of the SoTL section of APSA’s Journal of Political Science Education.

Download the Call for Proposals Here

The goals of this symposium are two-fold:

  1. To move pedagogical research out of the analysis stage to the publication stage; and
  2. To help develop strong but practical designs for future SoTL research projects.

During the first two days, participants present EITHER drafts of their own pedagogy research they are readying for publication OR preliminary ideas for future SoTL research designs. We encourage topics across the range of areas in political science, public policy, or public administration pedagogical research using a SoTL approach (systematic, empirical analysis), including, but not limited to:

  • Introductory political science courses in American, comparative, international relations, theory, and so on;
  • Upper-level political science courses in American, comparative, international relations, theory, and so on;
  • Research methods courses;
  • Public policy or public administration courses; and
  • Any other related topic as long as there is a pedagogical focus.

Presentations will be short, allowing for significant discussion from the group, in a workshop-style atmosphere. Time will be included to develop individual- or team-based collaborations. Teams may be constructed during the symposium based on participants’ interests, so it is not necessary to come as part of an existing research group. We also encourage applications from pre-existing teams (though there may not be room for all team members to attend).

We encourage applications from political science faculty at all stages of their careers, from a range of institutions, including universities and two- and four-year colleges. Advanced graduate students are also invited to apply.

Start Your Application Here

Proposals should be submitted online here and include:

  • Recent CV, including information on teaching and/or SoTL research experience;
  • An indication of whether you prefer to present on existing research or focus on building a research project; and
  • A 250-word abstract:
    • For people interested in moving an existing project to the next phase, a 250-word abstract summarizing the project including where it is in development; or
    • For people interested in designing a new project, a 250-word abstract summarizing the SoTL idea you have.

Successful applicants will be notified in early May.  The course will be held in person; all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Course registration fees ($85) may be paid online in advance of the workshop. Need-based travel grants are available. For more information contact or Michelle Allendoerfer at with any questions.

View APSA’s Teaching & Learning Symposia page to learn more about past events.



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