Political Science Educator

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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Hosting A Civic Leadership Academy on Your Campus

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend


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


One of the greatest joys of being a political science professor is that we have the scholarly expertise and teaching skills …

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Before Creating an Assessment Plan, Consider What You Want to Assess: Assessing Political Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Identity

September 30, 2020

Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue.


Instructors, program managers, and departments sometimes feel overwhelmed at the thought of creating an assessment plan. Keep in mind that the …

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International Perspectives on American Politics: An Online Collaboration

September 30, 2020

Anita Chadha, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Social Science, University of Houston, Downtown


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue.


For the past twelve years, I have involved my class in introductory American …

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Civic Education: Information Evaluation, Political Deliberation and Critical Thinking at a Federal Courthouse

September 30, 2020

Nattawan Junboonta, Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University


This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue.


Digital Era and Political Deliberations 

In recent years, it seems that the concept of public discourse is viewed as an ancient …

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