Teaching Political Science at a Community College: Resource Set One

Course Design

Community College Professors Helen Chang (Hostos Community College CUNY), LaTasha DeHaan (Elgin Community College), Terry Gilmour (Midland College), Verónica Reyna (Houston Community College) and Christina Sciabarra (Bellevue College) utilized the symposium to produce artifacts that explored course design and re-design from a variety of important pedagogical angles: undergraduate research, community engagement, inclusive learning, and culturally responsive education. All of the projects each of these dynamic professors engaged in focused on student engagement and empowerment.

Course Design Resource #1

The Importance of Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges

Terry Gilmour, Midlands College, has provided students with opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, to present their findings in a research symposium and to publish their work.


Course Design Resource #2

Community Mapping Assignment

Helen Chang, Hostos Community College (CUNY), has implemented a Community Mapping assignment that is used to assess Civic Engagement as a student learning outcome (SLO) in her American Government course. This assignment and assessment project was inspired by the work of William Ball (2009), who used GIS in a neighborhood analysis project and Chang’s CUNY Mellon Transformative Learning in the Humanities Initiative public knowledge project on community mapping.

Course Design Resource #3

Adding Culturally Responsive Pedagogies to My Into to American Politics Course

Christina Sciabarra, Bellevue College, is working to redesign her course in American Government to be more culturally responsive.


Course Design Resource #4

Introducing the Principles of Political Science

LaTasha DeHaan, Elgin Community College, utilized the syllabus review guide created by the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education to redesign her "Principles of Political Science" course to be more equity-minded.

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