Political Science Educator

AFTERSHOCK: Designing an Educational Board Game

September 30, 2020

Rex Brynen, McGill University


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2014 issue.


After the earthquake that devastated the capital, aid was slow to reach the slums of District 3. Poor coordination resulted in duplication of

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Making Time for Research at a Teaching Institution

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2011 issue.


I recently participated in a roundtable on the topic of balancing teaching and research. Here are some reflections on the …

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Rethinking Internships to Maximize Student Learning

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2016 issue.


I’ve been thinking a lot about internships lately. Internships provide a valuable opportunity to connect students to post-graduation service and work …

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Using Internships to Promote Student Learning: An Annotated Bibliography

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Professor, Indiana University South Bend

Xander E. Laughlin, Undergraduate Student, Indiana University, Blooming


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2016 issue.


Internships are a valuable way to further key Political Science …

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Collaborating with Graduate Students to Enhance Civic Engagement: Lessons from Organizing an Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

September 30, 2020

Georgia Nilsson, Lucas Alward, Jaydeep Bhatia, Sean Stephens, Adam Irish


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2016 issue.


The graduate student experience risks becoming a monastic existence of classes, reading, and research necessary to master a …

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To Assess Civic Learning Outcomes, Start with Your Desired Results

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2017 issue.


Civic engagement initiatives take many forms. These include, but are not limited to, service‐learning, community‐based learning, community‐based research, and other …

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Pillars of Support: Six Tips for Faculty Advising Undergraduate Honors Theses

September 30, 2020

Jessica Candela, MPA Student, California State University, Chico


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2017 issue.


Faculty at the university I attend have expressed interest in a guide to the undergraduate honors thesis (UHT), a high‐ …

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American Teacher: Adventures in the Classroom and Our Nation’s Capitol

September 30, 2020

Douglas Graney, High School Teacher


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Fall 2017 issue.


American Teacher‐Adventures in the Classroom and Our Nation’s Capital chronicles a career as a social studies teacher. Starting first in Connecticut and upstate, …

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Learn by doing: A bill passage simulation for Intro to American Politics students

September 30, 2020

Renée Van Vechten, Professor of Political Science, University of Redlands


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2018 issue.


Why lecture when your students can practice to learn? Realizing that lecturing alone is the least effective …

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Literature, Politics…and Leadership?: Designing a Political Theory Course on “Literature and Politics” to Include Principles of Democratic Leadership

September 30, 2020

Katherine M. Robiadek, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison,


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Summer 2018 issue.


Overview of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework

When thinking about leadership in a democracy, it is often …

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