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2022 TLC at APSA: Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Teaching Political Science in a Post-Pandemic Era

The fifth “TLC at APSA,” the teaching and learning conference-within-a-conference, will take place Saturday, September 17, 2022, in Montreal, Québec, Canada 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, share innovative techniques to maximize students’ interest, and enhance the role of teaching in the discipline of political science. The use of technology and issues of accessibility in the post-pandemic era, broadly understood, are also of interest. The deadline to submit a proposal was January 18, 2022. The submission system is closed.

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 “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards a Post-Pandemic Political Science,” this year’s TLC at APSA theme is “Teaching Political Science in a Post-Pandemic Era.” We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the ways in which we teach skills needed for engaged citizenship and effective leadership across civil society and in the private and nonprofit sectors such as: quantitative reasoning, problem-solving, critical and analytical thinking, communication skills, global/intercultural fluency, leadership and teamwork. In addition to skill-focused submissions, we also seek proposals addressing accessibility (broadly defined to include disability as well as economic and technological barriers) as a key consideration in course content and delivery. We especially welcome proposals for interactive and hands-on workshops.  Please contact teaching@apsanet.org if you have questions.  

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 

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 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.  

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. We especially encourage proposals from community college faculty. All participants will need to register for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting in order to attend.