The American Political Science Association’s Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) is a unique conference that provides a highly interactive forum for scholars to share research and innovative tools for political science education. The conference focuses on promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning, equipping faculty with new techniques and resources for teaching, and enhancing the role of teaching in the discipline of political science.

All panel and track papers are presented in a collaborative environment, with materials shared in advance and all participants serving as discussants. Some papers are part of a larger working group track; others are independent of any particular track theme and organized into panels. Workshops provide participants with hands-on experience in the use of practical instructional methods that they can take with them to their home institutions. All attendees are asked to select a track when registering and will be expected to attend each session in the selected track. Panel and workshop attendance is not determined by track, and these sessions are open to any conference attendee.

The program committee for the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science sets the themes for the meeting and oversees the formation of the conference tracks.

The APSA Council has voted to hold APSA’s Teaching & Learning Conference every two years, rather than on an annual basis. The next stand-alone conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque from February 7-9. More information on registration, housing, travel grants, and the call for proposals is available below and on the conference website.

APSA Teaching & Learning Conference Awards

Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award: Supports attendance at the conference. The award may include conference registration fees and a one-year complimentary APSA membership. Contingent faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and faculty whose departments do not provide travel support are particularly encouraged to apply.

CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation: Recognizes a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. The award seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching.

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