Political Science Educator: volume 26, issue 1

Colin Brown (Northeastern University) & Matt Evans (Northwest Arkansas Community College)

Message from Section President

Terry Gilmour

Dear section members:

Wow, it’s hard to believe that I’m writing my last newsletter. What a crazy couple of years we have had! Certainly, I did not realize that the bulk of my time as chair of this section would be during a pandemic. I first have to recognize all of the amazing officers and executive members who serve with me – Michael Rogers, Joseph Roberts, Maureen Feeley, Rachel Walker, Mark Romm, Cherie Strachan, Megan Becker, Colin Brown, and of course the past chair and best advisor, Patrick McKinley. Many of us assembled in Seattle last September and we look forward to seeing many more of our members in Montreal this coming September.

It is only fitting that longtime member and mentor of this section, John Ishiyama is currently serving as APSA President. His task force will be focusing on “Rethinking Political Science Education,” and it could not be more important, especially as we structure and organize our educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the face of the current challenges of social unrest and the global pandemic. As John has pointed out, we need to think about how we run our conferences, how we interact as colleagues, how we influence policy makers, how we publish and make our research consumable to a broader public, and maybe most importantly, how we teach! Our section is committed to assisting John as he moves forward with the recommendations and the final report to the discipline.

The theme for the annual meeting is “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards a Post-Pandemic Political Science” and will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from September 15-18. One of the co-chairs of the conference is a recent past president of the PSE Section, Sherri Wallace (University of Louisville). The program co-chairs for the PSE Section at the meeting are Bobbi Gentry (Bridgewater College) and Laura Roost (Newberry College). The PSE Section Business Meeting will be held Friday, September 16 from 6:30-7:30 (tentatively scheduled for the Palais Room 512D). Please make plans to attend as we will have elections for officers and new members to the section along with other section business.

The Teaching & Learning Conference at APSA in Montreal (Saturday, September 17) is co-chaired by Julio F. Carrion (University of Delaware) and Allison Rank (SUNY-Oswego). Committee members include Emmanuel Balogun (Skidmore College), Natasha Duncan (Purdue University), Kevin Anderson (Eastern Illinois University), and Taiyi Sun (Christopher Newport University). If you have not registered for TLC@APSA, please do!

Our next stand-alone Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD February 10-12, 2023. The call for proposals and more information will be coming soon! This TLC is co-chaired by Rebecca Glazier (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and Young-Im Lee (California State University-Sacramento). Other committee members include Delina Barrera (Texas Southernmost College), Kathleen Cole (Metropolitan State University), Anthony Kammas (University of Southern California), Eric Loepp (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater) and Mathew Platt (Morehouse College).

Many of you responded to our survey indicating your interests in serving the PSE Section and/or APSA and those recommendations are being passed on. If you did not complete the survey, please contact Maureen Feeley and she will provide the link.

As many of you know, there was a call for a new Editorial Team for the Journal of Political Science Education and the 2022-2026 Editorial Team was announced. The Journal will be housed at Kennesaw State University and the new team is:

  • Editor-in-Chief – Charity Butcher (Kennesaw State University)
  • Lead Editor – Alasdair Blair (De Montfort University)
  • Associate Editors – Tavishi Bhasin (Kennesaw State University), Elizabeth Gordon (Kennesaw State University), Maia Carter Hallward (Kennesaw State University), Alison Rios Millett McCartney (Towson University), and Simon Usherwood (Open University).

I encourage each of you to take advantage of APSAEducate – it is a tremendous resource for all of us so involved in teaching. Michelle Allendoerfer and Bennett Grubbs with APSA are doing a fantastic job helping to create teaching symposia to bring us together to share ideas and then posting those ideas and resources on the website.

Finally, a big shout out to Colin Brown (Northeastern University) and Matt Evans (Northwest Arkansas Community College) for co-editing this newsletter, and Nick Kapoor (Fairfield University) for reading and soliciting submissions.

As you can see, most of my news is thanking all of the people who work so hard to make this section so successful. It has been my honor and a huge pleasure to work with all of you and I can honestly say that some of my best friends today come out of the relationships I have formed as a result of this section! (Monday night zoom group – you rock!)

All my best,

Terry Gilmour

For more information or to submit materials to the newsletter, contact co-editors Colin Brown (Northeastern University) and Matt Evans (Northwest Arkansas Community College) at editor.pse.newsletter@gmail.com.

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