TLC at APSA Call

The third “TLC at APSA,” the teaching and learning conference-within-a-conference, will take place Saturday, September 12, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. as part of the APSA Annual Meeting. This full-day event seeks to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, equip faculty with new techniques and resources for teaching, and enhance the role of teaching in the discipline of political science. Please join us for this gathering, which will provide a highly interactive forum for scholars to share innovative tools for political science education and research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. This year’s TLC at APSA theme is “Teaching Democratic Principles through Political Science Education.” We welcome submissions that are in keeping with the overall Annual Meeting theme of “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization”. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the ways in which we teach the principles of democracy, how we assess and evaluate those lessons, and to what extent it is our responsibility to emphasize the power of democratic participation in classrooms and communities.

There will be two presentation formats: paper presentations and workshops. Papers will be presented in one of three track working groups:

  • Civic Engagement Education
  • Simulations & Games
  • Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom
  • Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom

Paper proposals are welcome on a variety of topics, including innovative pedagogical methods and techniques, assessment, experiential learning, simulations, curriculum development, deliberation in the physical classroom and online as well as in community engaged pedagogies, the impact and influence of diversity and difference(s) on inclusive instruction, and more. Accepted papers will be presented in a working group “track session” format similar to the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference.

Workshops should be designed to be highly interactive and provide hands-on experience, demonstrating a learning tool or technique which participants could immediately implement in the classroom. Workshops are 90 minutes and examples include: creating campus-wide civic engagement initiatives, using in-class debate to enhance student learning, and techniques for discussing difficult issues in the classroom.

We invite proposals from all educators who teach political science and related subjects—university and college faculty, administrators, high school teachers, graduate students, research scholars, and others. All participants must be registered for the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition through the APSA website in order to attend the TLC at APSA. Registration will open in March 2020.

Breakout Sessions ‒ New!

The TLC at APSA Program Committee co-chairs are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for a new presentation format at the 2020 TLC at APSA. These “Breakout Sessions” will take place during lunch on Saturday, September 12, 2020, and are a chance to present an idea in development for a future workshop or paper. This brief, 30 minute session during lunch is designed to help participants gauge how relevant the topic is to conference attendees, receive feedback from conference attendees on the topic, idea, or methodological approach, brainstorm ideas with peers, and offer casual networking opportunities with potential for future research partnerships. We encourage applications from graduate students and early career faculty from a range of institutions, including universities and 2- and 4-year colleges.

Please note: All other TLC at APSA paper and workshops proposals should be submitted through the APSA Annual Meeting submission system. 

Individuals interested in submitting a workshop or paper idea to the TLC at APSA must submit Breakout Sessions here.

Committee Co-chairs: 
Jyl Josephson, Rutgers University-Newark
Amber Dickinson, Washburn University