APSA will organize workshops on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, in San Francisco, in advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting. Submit your applications now!
APSA Annual Meeting Pedagogy Workshop
The workshop is designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market and junior faculty preparing first courses and tenure promotion files. Topics addressed in the workshop include: (1) an introduction to theories of human cognition/student learning; (2) syllabus design: establishing learning outcomes, aligning assignments, and designing formative and summative assessments; (3) design and implementation of evidence-based pedagogical approaches; and (4) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research: research design and assessment of student learning outcomes.
To participate, attendees are asked to submit a brief application, including a draft syllabus that they’d like to redesign or teach for the first time. Prior to the workshop, participants will also be asked to read a subset of articles from the SoTL literature. Attendance will be capped at 15 participants.
Dissertation Workshop on Comparative Political Theory
This workshop will focus on research in the field of comparative political theory. By broadening the traditional canon of political thought to include global and non-western intellectual traditions, comparative political theory opens up new avenues for research while also raising important methodological questions. Dissertations on a range of topics in comparative political thought are welcome. Before the workshop each student participant will share one draft of a dissertation chapter, and all participants will read each other’s work in advance and prepare feedback. Faculty leaders and students will discuss the drafts and provide detailed comments. Each graduate participant will be expected to offer formal comments on one of the papers, scheduled in advance. The workshop will also provide students with a network of peers in the field and allow for a discussion about the state of political theory more broadly.
Dissertation Workshop on U.S. Congressional Politics
The goal of this workshop is to develop a network of emerging scholars working on issues related to U.S. congressional politics. Dissertations on a range of topics are welcome, including legislative institutions and processes, parties, gender and politics, leadership, and more. Before the workshop each student participant will share one draft of a dissertation chapter, and all participants will read each other’s work and prepare feedback. Faculty and students will discuss the drafts and suggest potential ways to improve research design, theory development, and writing style. In addition, the workshop will take time to address general professional development issues. Students will leave the workshop with directed revisions to strengthen both their theoretical and methodological approaches to dissertations and future studies.