Pedagogical Partnership Guidelines
The American Political Science Association seeks proposals from members for projects that will bring together political science faculty from different institutions in the same geographic area to share expertise and produce cutting-edge teaching resources. PI’s will lead the organization of a series of meetings that will bring a larger group of local faculty together, allow for the sharing of best practices and innovations, and produce new teaching materials and new ties between faculty in the area.
All Pedagogical Partnerships proposals must include at least one PI from a community college and one organizer from a research-intensive institution.
Peer to Peer Pedagogical Partnership grants have four inter-related aims:
- To create partnerships among colleagues at different kinds of higher education institutions.
- To support colleagues in generating cutting-edge teaching materials highlighting best practices and/or innovative methods, and recent political science research.
- To assist faculty at more research-intensive institutions in teaching and mentoring first-generation, under-represented minority, and economically disadvantaged students in ways they might not otherwise have done.
- To enable colleagues at more teaching-intensive institutions to teach materials that they would not otherwise have the time or inclination to teach.
P4 applications must include the following components:
- Cover page including project title, PI names and APSA numbers, and project abstract (1 page single spaced maximum)
- P4 Project Proposal (3 pages single-spaced maximum) including identification of theme, information about participants, and plans for events, workflow, outcomes and deliverables. See more on what should be included in your project proposal in our FAQ below
- Line-item budget (1 page)
- PI CV(s)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Identify a theme or content area for your teaching materials.
- Specification of proposed participants. Propose a group of three or more local institutions from whom you would recruit members. This group should reflect the full institutional diversity in your region and will ideally include at least one community college, one research-intensive institution, and one liberal arts college or regional public institution. If there are no liberal arts or regional public institutions in your area please note that in your application (note that “region” is somewhat flexible and may be larger for applicants in less populous areas). If possible, applications should also identify at least one political science faculty member from each of the local institutions from which you will recruit who has committed to participating in P4 events (not necessarily a PI).
- Schedule of Events and Work Flow. Pedagogical Partnership grants support political science faculty working across institutions to develop cutting-edge teaching materials and share best practices for teaching historically under-represented students. We expect that this work will be conducted through events that bring all participants together to collaborate and share resources, as well as through less formal meetings among members of smaller working groups between events. Proposals should specify the number, timing, and purpose of funded activities. These events can include dissemination or follow-up events held after teaching resources have been produced. The Centennial Center’s Teaching Symposia offer an example of what a collaborative teaching and learning workshop might look like: Sample workshop schedules available here.
- Attention to inclusivity and institutionalization. Identify how project’s selection of topics and personnel demonstrates a commitment to ensuring an inclusive conversation that reflects the diversity of the Association and our profession. Describe how collaboration between higher-ed institutions will be sustained following project’s conclusion.
- Grant funds may be used for direct costs in support of the described projects, such as technology needs, staff or RA support, food and/or per diems, and honoraria for participants.
- Honoraria to participants to compensate them for their work (no more than 25% of total budget).
- Honoraria to organizers for their work (no more than 5% of the budget).
- Grants may not be used for indirect or overhead costs.
For the 2023 application deadline:
We encourage applicants to make use of digital and hybrid meeting formats to save on costs and expand the potential geographic reach of their partnerships. Virtual and hybrid proposals may wish to included specific plans for building strong ties between faculty, and sustaining those ties following the conclusion of the grant period.
The Pedagogical Partnerships pilot program was held in Houston, Texas, in the spring of 2019. You can read more about their launch event here.
In early 2020, we awarded the first two Pedagogical Partnership grants to teams located in San Diego, and the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. You can read more about their work here.