Call for Proposals: APSA Teaching Political Theory Symposium, November 1-4, 2018 Washington, D.C.

HomeAnnouncementsCall for Proposals: APSA Teaching Political Theory Symposium, November 1-4, 2018 Washington, D.C.

The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for teacher-scholars interested in participating in a four-day teaching and learning symposium from November 1-4 at APSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. APSA’s teaching symposia provide a unique opportunity for faculty and graduate students with similar teaching interests to present on timely substantive issues in the field, share best practices, and develop new teaching resources. Led by Amber Knight (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) and Lee Trepanier (Saginaw Valley State University), this symposium will focus on sharing and developing teaching resources for courses related to political theory.

Approximately 15 early- and mid-career teacher-scholars (including advanced graduate students) will be invited to take part in the symposium, which will focus on sharing and developing teaching resources for political theory courses. The program will include a series of roundtable presentations from each participant. One group of participants will present on specific teaching resources or techniques they use in their own courses. Another group will present on contemporary substantive issues facing the field of political theory today (e.g. race and political thought, disability theory, environmental political thought). Symposium participants will spend the remaining time in groups, developing new teaching resources focused on specific issues and topics related to political theory.

Following the symposium, the resultant teaching resources will be disseminated through APSA’s teaching and learning program (APSA is currently working towards developing an online teaching resource database to house these and other teaching resources). In addition, participants who present on substantive issues related to political theory will be invited to publish a “state of the discipline” summary in the Journal of Political Science Education. Symposium participants will come away from the event with new insights into teaching and research in their subfield, with concrete teaching resources that they can use in their own courses, and with a new network of colleagues equally dedicated to teaching political theory.

Applicants should have experience teaching their own political theory-related course. We encourage applications from faculty and advanced graduate students at a range of institutions, including universities and two- and four-year colleges. The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 17, 2018.

Proposals should be submitted online here and include:

• Recent CV, including detailed information on teaching experience
• An indication of whether you prefer to present on a specific teaching resource or a substantive topic related to political theory (or either)
• 250-word abstract summarizing the resource or topic you plan to present at the symposium
• 250-word description of your motivation and goals for participating in the symposium
• Brief description of your institution and how the political theory-related course you teach fits into your department’s curriculum or a general education requirement

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of September. Course registration fees ($85) may be paid online in advance of the workshop. Need-based travel grants are available. For more information, contact [email protected]

Lee Trepanier

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Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, and University Pre-Law Advisor at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He is author and editor of several books and also is the editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).