The TLC 2020 Proposal Submission System is closed.

Join us for the 16th APSA Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC). The conference will take place February 7-9, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Theme Statement
The conference theme for APSA TLC 2020 is “Teaching to Empower Students“. As students encounter an often tumultuous reality that includes an evolving academy, uncertain job markets, and an increasingly contentious political sphere, how can we empower them to thrive in their educational and individual pursuits and ensure that they are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems?  Specifically, what teaching and learning strategies can we employ to build the skills and confidence our students will need?

We encourage submissions that explore the ways we use our teaching and programs to empower our students as individuals, scholars, and citizens.  You can submit an individual paper for one of the tracks listed below or a standalone workshop (multiple submissions for track presentations and workshops are permitted; however, submitters should note that the program chairs prioritize broad participation and thus multiple presentations by the same individual are unlikely):

  1. Civic Engagement 
  2. Simulations & Games I: Strategy, Game Design, and Constitutions & Treaties
  3. Simulations & Games II: Evidence, Innovation, and Institutions
  4. The Virtual and Technology Enhanced Classroom 
  5. The Inclusive Classroom​
  6. Teaching Research, Writing, and Information Literacy
  7. General Education & Interdisciplinary Teaching
  8. Community Engagement and Experiential Learning
  9. Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major

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, the impact and opportunities associated with diversity and difference(s) through inclusive instruction, and more. Accepted papers will be presented during a working group “track” format. TLC track sessions rely on a workshop model that encourages participants to be actively engaged in learning about teaching methods and processes. Track participants, who meet in the same session several times over the course of the conference, identify meaningful ways to teach and assess student learning around a common theme.

Workshops should be designed to be highly interactive and provide hands-on experience, demonstrating a learning tool or technique which participants can immediately implement in their teaching. We are particularly interested in workshops that cover topics on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and facilitating classroom cultures that foster student success. The deadline to submit your proposals for the TLC was September 30, 2019.

Program Co-chairs:
Shane Nordyke,
Sara Parker,