There is no extra charge to attend TLC at APSA. All individuals registered for APSA’s Virtual Annual Meeting are welcome to attend.

The third annual TLC at APSA (Teaching and Learning Conference at APSA) is a full-day virtual event that seeks to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning and enhance the role of teaching  in the discipline of political science. This year’s conference theme is “Teaching Democratic Principles through Political Science Education.”

Saturday September 12, 2020

8:00 a.m. 

Keynote and Networking Reception

Keynote: Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan, “Back to Basics in this New Era.”

Reception Breakout Rooms:

  • Integrating Race, Gender, and Politics Workshops into Online-Only Courses
  • Successful Transitions from Face to Face to Online Teaching
  • Share and Solve: Experiential and Service Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Encouraging Meaningful Civic Debate in Classrooms
  • Integrating Discussions about 2020 Current Events into American Government Courses
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Break
10:00 a.m. 


Getting Prepared to Teach Civic Engagement in 2020 and Beyond

Elizabeth C. Matto, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Towson University
Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University, South Bend
Dick Simpson, University of Illinois, Chicago

Playing Games to Teach Comparative Politics

Victor Asal, University at Albany, SUNY
Joseph Roberts, Roger Williams University

Using ICONS Simulations to Apply IR Theory to Real World Problems and Issues

Joyce P. Kaufman, Whittier College
Jeanette BenFarhat, Santa Rosa Junior College

11:30 a.m.Break

12:00 p.m. 


Track 1: Civic Engagement Education

Civic Engagement as a Means to Enhance Citizenship, Leadership, and Engagement

  • Cultivating Civic Engagement: Enhancing Citizenship through Service Learning, Andrea Vieux, Johnson County Community College


  • Demystifying Debate: Moving from Polarization to Engagement, Christi Leigh Siver, College of Saint Benedict

Track 2: Simulations & Games

Centering Student Engagement

  • Classroom Simulations and Student Engagement: Evidence from a Two-Wave Survey, Kelly Siegel-Stechler, Johns Hopkins University and Gretchen Knudson Gee, Northern Arizona University


  • Power of Metaphor: Linking Ideas to Experience via Story, Symbol and Simulation, Mark David Hamilton, Inter-American Defense College and Benjamin M. Jensen (non-presenting co-author), Marine Corps University


  • Using Mock Elections in the Class-Room: A 2003-2019 Study in Belgium, Marc Hooghe, University Leuven

Track 3: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom

Community Engagement and Experiential Science

  • Small-Scale Community Engagement in Comparative Perspective, William O’Brochta, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Assessing the Effects of Experiential Learning: An Experimental Test, Brittany N. Perry, Texas A&M University


  • Creating an Undergraduate Research Lab in Political Science,Jeffrey Nonnemacher, University of Pittsburgh, (non-presenting co-author) and Sarah Wilson Sokhey, University of Colorado, Boulder

Track 4: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom

Identities in the Political Science Classroom

  • Bringing Indigenous Experiences into the Classroom,Andrew A. Szarejko, Georgetown University


  • The Impact of Gender on Student Learning: Lessons from a Model UN Course, Mert Kartal, St. Lawrence University


  • Weaving Intersectionality into American Public Policy Courses,Whitney Ross Manzo, Meredith College


  • Creating a Culturally Responsive Undergraduate Political Science Class,Ruth M. Ediger, Seattle Pacific University
1:30 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. 


Track 1: Civic Engagement Education

Assessing the Immediate and Lasting Impacts of Civic Engagement Education

  • The Affect of American Government on Civic Literacy & Engagement, Michael T. Rogers, Arkansas Tech University and Donald M. Gooch, Stephen F. Austin State University


  • The Lasting Effects of Civic Engagement EducationLaura Roost, Newberry College and Patrick F. McKinlay, Morningside College


  • FL Civic Fellows: Bringing College Civic Education Programming to HS Students, Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Track 2: Simulations & Games

Community within and beyond the Simulation

  • Synchronous Blended Teaching: Creating a Community of Engaged Learners, Simone R. Bohn, York University
  • The War Room: A Semester-Long Campaign Simulation, Wendy Lyn Watson, University of North Texas

Track 3: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom

Bridging Technology and Critical Engagement

  • Teaching about the Politics of the Food Justice Movement, Terri R. Jett, Butler University


  • Teaching Civil Resistance in the Classroom, Andrea Neal D. Malji, Hawaii Pacific University
  • Pinterest for Politics: Curated Collection Assignments to Spur Critical Thinking, Anne Marie Baylouny, Naval Postgraduate School

Track 4: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom

Inclusive Pedagogies to Meet the Challenges of the Current Moment

  • Everything Old is New Again: Teaching IR in 2020, Chana M. Solomon-Schwartz, University of Tennessee – Knoxville


  • Supporting Diverse Learning Styles: A Case Study in Student Led Syllabus Design, Lauren Howard Harding, Tennessee Technological University


  • Teaching American Government in Chaotic Political Climate, Michael O. Adams, Texas Southern University; Antoinette S. Christophe, Texas Southern University; and Luis Perez-Feliciano, Texas Southern University


  • Seeing Race and Teaching “Introduction to American Politics,” Mona S. Kleinberg, University of Massachusetts, Lowell 

TLC at APSA: Conference Program Committee

  • Marcus Allen, Guttman Community College (Track Moderator: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom)

  • Megan Becker, University of Southern California (Track Moderator: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom)

  • Bethany Blackstone, University of North Texas

  • Josue Franco, Cuyamaca College (Track Moderator: Simulations and Games)

  • Robert Glover, University of Maine (Track Moderator: Civic Engagement Education)

  • Amber Dickinson, Washburn University (co-chair)

  • Jyl Josephson, Rutgers University – Newark (co-chair)