TLC at APSA: Teaching Pluralism through Political Science Education

2021 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibtion | Saturday, October 2, 2021

Chairs: Patrick McKinlay, and Tavishi Bhasin,

The fourth “TLC at APSA,” the teaching and learning conference-within-a-conference, will take place Saturday, October 2, 2021, in Seattle, WA, 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. 

In keeping with the overall Annual Meeting theme of “Promoting Pluralism,” this year’s TLC at APSA theme is “Teaching Pluralism through Political Science Education.” We perceive pluralism, in the widest possible way, to represent a diversity of ideas, experiences and identities. Teaching pluralism builds classrooms and environments that encourage students to develop a deeper understanding along with tolerance of diverse ideological thought. It looks to create communities inclusive of experiences across the spectrum of human abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. It makes space for the identities and aspirations of members of varied ethnic, religious and linguistic communities. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the ways in which we teach and model the principles of pluralism for the 21st century

All participants must be registered for the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition in order to attend the TLC at APSA.


8:00 a.m.


Workshop: Pandemic Proof Your Voter Outreach Strategy (Virtual)
Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend (chair)
Elizabeth C. Matto, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Leah A. Murray, Weber State University
Allison Rank, SUNY, Oswego State
Carah Ong Whaley, James Madison Center for Civic Engagement, James Madison University
Abraham Goldberg, James Madison University
Edie N. Goldenberg, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Workshop Online Teaching: Adapting Games for Comparative & International Relations (Virtual)
Joseph W. Roberts, Roger Williams University (chair)
Victor Asal, University at Albany, SUNY

Workshop: Bridging the Partisan Divide: Cultivating the Next Generation of Citizen Leaders
Location TBD
Janet Tran, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (chair)
Michelle Ashley Faggert, The Ronald Reagan Institute
Kimberly Lipina, The Reagan Institute

Panel: Around the World in 80 Credits
Location TBD
Active and Experiential Learning in Teaching International Law to Undergraduates, Spyridon Kotsovilis, University of Toronto Mississauga
Encouraging Local Community Engagement in International Relations Courses, Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Wake Forest University
Information Security: Alternative Reading Strategies for International Security, Danielle Gilbert, U.S. Air Force Academy and Paul Bezerra, United States Air Force Academy
Incorporating Peer Review into Courses: Can Active Learning be Asynchronous?, Michael P. A. Murphy, University of Ottawa; Andrew Heffernan, University of Ottawa; Doug Yearwood

10:00 a.m.


Workshop: Teaching IR Theory for Future Foreign Policy Practitioners
Location TBD (Livestreamed)
David A. Cooper, Naval War College (chair)
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Naval War College
Jessica D Blankshain, Naval War College

Workshop: Organizing & Supporting Junior Scholar Virtual Workshops (Virtual)
Cleo Marie O’Brien-Udry, Yale University (chair)
Aidan Milliff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Angie Torres-Beltran, Cornell University
Christina Ladam, University of Nevada, Reno
Rachel Porter
Syeda ShahBano Ijaz, UC San Diego
Austin Bussing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Abby M Fanlo, Stanford University
Josh McCrain, University of Utah
Alexander Charles Furnas, University of Michigan
J Andres Gannon, University of California, San Diego
Elizabeth L Brannon, Michigan State University
Nina Obermeier, Cornell University

Panel: Sharing Pedagogy: International Service-Learning Network during COVID (Virtual)
The Special Relationship: Lessons Learned from a UK/US Service-Learning Network, Mark Charlton, De Montfort University
The Effect of Virtual Service-Learning on Community Partners, Mary A. McHugh, Merrimack College
Converting a Large Service-Learning Event Online in Covid: Surviving and Thriving, Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Towson University; Michele Calderon, Towson University; Conner Cameron, Towson University; Madeleine Meyer, Towson University

12:00 p.m.

LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE, Location TBD (Livestreamed)

For health and safety reasons, lunch has limited capacity. Please show your confirmation email to pick up your lunch.

2:00 p.m.


Track 1: Civic Engagement Education
Location TBD
Out of Your Chair and Into the Streets: Active Approaches to Civic Engagement, moderated by T.M. Sell, Highline College
Restorative Civics Education, Samantha Pearl, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Studies
Service Learning at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Andrew Hewitt Smith, Univ of Texas Rio Grande Valley
That’s our house! Let’s take it over!: Antiracist Pedagogy in Advocacy Courses, Kathleen Cole, Metropolitan State University

Track 2: Simulations & Games (Virtual)
Diversified Approaches to Simulation and Games in the Classroom I, moderated by Renee Van Vechten, University of Redlands
Can Simulations Promote an Inclusive Classroom?, Nayma Qayum, Manhattanville College
Teaching Theory: A Mini-Simulation on the Theory of Human Territoriality, Halit M. Tagma, Northern Arizona University
The Impact of Gender on Student Learning: Lessons from a Model UN Course, Mert Kartal, St. Lawrence University
Using “Fantasy” Politics to Increase Knowledge of International Politics, Petra Hendrickson, Northern Michigan University

Track 3: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom
Location TBD
Making It Real: Taking Action in Teaching, moderated by Julio F. Carrión, University of Delaware
Homelessness and Project Based Learning, Bobbi Gentry, Bridgewater College
Incorporating Inquiry in an Introductory American Politics Course, Sean Q Kelly, California State University, Channel Islands
Online Deliberation: Bridging divides and navigating “niceness”, Kara N Dillard, James Madison University and Kara L. Lindaman, Winona State University

Track 4: Broad Curriculum/Pedagogy (Virtual)
New Strategies for Increased Teaching Effectiveness, moderated by Chiedo Nwankwor, Johns Hopkins University and Kenneth A. Betsalel, University of North Carolina, Asheville 
Teaching Comparative Politics: A Guide to Making Choices, Nandini Deo, Lehigh University; Julie George, CUNY, Queens College; Meg Guliford, University of Pennsylvania; Mary Anne Mendoza, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Doing intersectional feminist community-engaged learning in the neo-liberal U, Michael J. Illuzzi, Lesley University and Nafisa Tanjeem, Lesley University
The Biopolitics of EdTech, Stefan Kehlenbach, University of California, Riverside
Students as Teachers for Political Discourse, Lynne M Chandler-Garcia, US Air Force Academy and Stacy G. Ulbig, Sam Houston State University

4:00 p.m.


Track 1: Civic Engagement Education (Virtual)
Multiple Methods for Civic Engagement, moderated by T.M. Sell, Highline College and Kenneth A. Betsalel, University of North Carolina, Asheville 
Bring a Chair: Getting Methods Students Out of the Classroom and into the Field, Douglas M. Cantor, Loyola Marymount University
Building Community to Promote Civic Engagement in an American Government Course, Scott Spitzer, California State University, Fullerton and Lori M Weber, California State University, Chico
Facilitating Impactful Civic Engagement with Metacognitive Questions, Shannon McQueen, West Chester University

Track 2: Simulations & Games
Location TBD (Livestreamed)
Diversified Approaches to Simulations and Games in the Classroom II, moderated by Renee Van Vechten, University of Redlands
Choose Your Own Adventure: A Virtual Alternative to Model UN, John A. Tures, Lagrange College
Professor, Lawyer, Long Haul Trucker in the 2020 Election, Courtney Chenette, Hollins University
The Governing Dead: How a Game about Zombies Can Demonstrate Federalism, Edmond Hally, Ferrum College
Words Matter! Infusing International Relations with Foreign Language & Diplomacy, Dalia Fikry Fahmy, Long Island University, Brooklyn

Track 3: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom (Virtual)
Opening Up the Playbook: Broadening Approaches to Teaching Political Science, moderated by Julio F. Carrión, University of Delaware
Civic Engagement Scholarship: What We Can Learn From the Research, David J Hurley, Indiana University South Bend; Elizabeth A. Bennion, Indiana University South Bend; Kayla Christine Isenbletter
Personalized Screencast Feedback: Rethinking How We Respond to Student Writing, Levente Szentkirályi, University of Colorado at Boulder
Promoting Pluralism in Unexpected Places: The Value of Experiential Education, Mark David Hamilton, Inter-American Defense College, Samuel R. Greene, Shepherd University, Roberto Pereyra Bordon, Inter-American Defense College

Track 4: Broad Curriculum/Pedagogy
Location TBD
Critical Perspectives on Teaching, moderated by Chiedo Nwankwor, Johns Hopkins University
Addressing Antiracism through a Study of Political Science Syllabi, Viviana Rivera-Burgos, Baruch College, CUNY; Stephanie R. Golob, CUNY-Baruch College; David R. Jones, Baruch College, City University of New York; Marcus Johnson, Baruch College, CUNY; Els de Graauw, Baruch College, CUNY
How Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Helps us Teach Religion in Political Science, Misbah Hyder, University of California, Irvine
Rigor Mortis: An engagement with rigor in political science education, Wendy Wright, William Paterson University
The Case for a ‘Pedagogy of Kindness’: Now and in the Post-Pandemic University, Simone R. Bohn, York University

5:30 p.m. TLC AT APSA RECEPTION, Location TBD

We would like to extend a special thank you to the 2021 TLC at APSA Program Committee for all of their dedication and hard work in planning this year’s TLC at APSA.

  • Tavishi Bhasin, Kennesaw State University (co-chair)
  • Patrick McKinlay, Morningside University (co-chair)
  • Kenneth Betsalel, University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Julio F. Carrión, University of Delaware (Track Moderator: Technology and Innovative Pedagogy in the Classroom)
  • Chiedo Nwankwor, Johns Hopkins University (Track Moderator: Broad Curriculum/Pedagogy)
  • T.M. Sell, Highline College (Track Moderator: Civic Engagement)

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

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

While the four groups reflect previous TLC tracks, the intent is for all four to emphasize the plurality of voices across polities and learning settings as well as innovations that foster and augment inclusion of diverse voices to stimulate student learning and discovery.

Submissions are closed. 

Paper proposals incorporate 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 are designed to be highly interactive and provide hands-on experience, demonstrating a learning tool or technique that 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.

Submission proposals are closed. from all educators who teach political science and related subjects—university and college faculty, administrators, high school teachers, graduate students, research scholars, and others. We especially encourage proposals from community college faculty who play a key role in promoting pluralism. All participants will need to register for the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting in order to attend.