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Political Science Educator

Political Science Educator is the newsletter for the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association. Past editions are posted by volume on this page. For more information or to submit materials to the newsletter, contact the editor, Bobbi Gentry by e-mail at bgentry@bridgewater.edu.

Volumes


Volume 10

Issue 2: December 2005

Improving Teaching

  • “Optimizing Class Participation” by Nancy E. Wright
  • “Using Student Presentations of Current News Media to Link Theory and Practice in the Classroom” by Andrew L. Oros

 The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • “Applying Good Research Technique to Questions on Student Learning” by Jeffrey L. Bernstein

Lessons Learned

  • “Returning From the Teaching & Learning Conferences” by Tina Mavrikos-Adamou

Featured Essays

  • “The Road to the White House: Design and Implement a Course about U.S. Presidential Campaigns that Includes a New Hampshire Primary Campaign Internship” by Judithanne Scourfi eld McLauchlan
  • “The Philosophy Of Phenomenology and the Study Of Politics” by Earnest N. Bracey

 

Issue 3: April 2006

Improving Teaching

  • “Fostering Student Learning for Everyone on Presentation Day: How to Move Beyond Daydreaming and Friendship” by Alison Rios Millett McCartney
  • “Survey of Political Science Clubs” by Julie L. Mueller
  • “Pedagogy: The Exploration and Utility of ‘Probabilities Pondering’” by Emmanuel C. Nwagboso

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • “Getting Started Doing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)” by Jeffrey L. Bernstein and John Ishiyama

The Teaching Professor

  • “Research at a Small, Comprehensive Southern University” by Greg Domin

Key Debates

  • “Cloaked or Uncloaked: Should Professors Reveal Their Political Ideology to Their Students” by Rebecca Tatman Klase and J. Michael Bitzer

Featured Essays

  • “Teaching Law in the Caucasus: Observations of a Visiting Faculty Fellow” by Charles Robert Davidson
  • “Teaching American Politics: The Politics of Incorporating Multicultural Highlights Into a Traditional Curriculum” by Augustus Jones, Jr. and Michelle G. Briscoe

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Volume 11

Issue 1: August 2006

Featured Essay

  • “Transformation and Assessment of the Introductory International Relations Course” by Scott Erb

Issue 2: December 2006

Improving Teaching

  • “The Political Science Brown-Bag Lunch” by Susan E. Grogan
  • “Encouraging Reading and Discussion in Upper-Level Coursework” by Maria Rost Rublee

Featured Essays

  • “Developing Global Citizenship: Introducing a Teaching Toolkit” by Henrike Lehnguth and Jenny Wüstenberg
  • “Developing Analytical Tools in Introductory International Politics Classes: Different Perspectives are not for Entertainment Purposes” by Mark Sachleben
  • “Public Administration with a Comparative Focus: Comparison for the Purpose of Identifying Public Purpose” by Nancy E. Wright

 

Issue 3: April 2007

Featured Essays

  • “Constitution Day: Complying With the Mandate” by Nancy Bednar, Bruce Caswell, Michelle D. Deardorff, Karen M. Kedrowski, Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, and Adam Stone
  • “Constitutional Engineers: Using Problem Based Learning in Comparative Politics” by John Ishiyama
  • “Shaping Private Spiritedness? Lessons About Citizenship from Service Learning and the Fifth Grade” by Lanethea Mathews-Gardner

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Volume 12

Issue 1: August 2007

Issue 2: February 2008

Featured Essays

  • “Getting Involved in Research on Teaching and Learning at a Large Research University: A Case Study” by Kenneth W. Foster
  • “Political Comprehension” by Kevin Jefferies

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Volume 13

Issue 1: August 2008

Featured Essay

  • “Teaching Constitutional Law Within Political Science Departments: Sacrificing Traditional Breadth to Achieve Political Science Goals” by Donna K. Axel

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Volume 14

Issue 1: August 2009

Lessons Learned

  • “The Turbulent Sixties: A Reassessment” by Anne J. Aby
  • “Get Your Student Learning Survey Approved by the Institutional Review Board: Three Simple Steps” by Elizabeth A. Bennion

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Volume 15

Issue 1: Spring 2011

Featured Essays

  • “Student Feedback” by Elizabeth Bennion
  • “Political Theory, Museum Studies and Pedagogy” by Ellen Grigsby
  • “Using a Capstone as a Program Assessment Tool” by Dannette Brickman,Neal Carter, and Mary Rose Kubal
  • “Coming Attractions” by Paul Musgrave

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Volume 16

Issue 1: Winter/Spring 2012

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher-Scholar Column: “A Teacher-Scholar’s Strategy for Success” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “The Lurking Perils of Course Redesign” by William Miller and Jeremy Walling
  • “The Writer’s Workshop Writing and Learning” by Adam Irish
  • “Benefits and Challenges of A Short‐Duration Experiential Learning Opportunity” by Jennifer Jackman
  • “Active Learning in Public Law Courses” by Judithanne Scourfield McLaughlin

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Volume 17

Issue 1: Winter/Spring 2013

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher Scholar Column: “The Importance of Teaching Outside the Classroom” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “Our Greatest Lectures” by John Girwood
  • “Experimenting with an Embedded Librarian in an American Government Class” by Shyam Sriramand Amelia Glawe

 

Issue 2: Summer/Fall 2013

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher Scholar Column: “Challenging Beliefs to Promote Student Learning” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “What Are We Teaching When We Teach Engagement?” by Elizabeth A. Bennion, Hannah M. Dill
  • “Bringing Teaching and Research Together: A Report of the 2012 React Labs’ Educate Presidential Study” by Amber Boydstun, Jessica T. Feezell, Rebecca Glazier, Timothy Jurka, Matthew Pietryka, Jack Reilly
  • “Flipped Learning: Catapulting Students into the Deep End of Learning” by Rebecca E. Deen
  • “Building a Model United Nations Program on Campus: Five Suggested Steps” by Craig D. Albert, Martha H. Ginn
  • “Teaching Urban Politics and Elections” by John T. Bullock
  • “Emerson and Douglass in the Political Science Classroom” by Shyam K. Sriram

Conference Report

  • “My Place is Here: Reflections From A First Time Attendee to the 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference” by Katie Cahill-Rincón

Film Review

  • “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington: A Film by S. Leo Chiang” by Nina Therese Kasniunas

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Volume 18

Issue 1: Winter/Spring 2014

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher Scholar Column: “From the Classroom to the TV Studio: A New Approach to Civic Education” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “Aaaahhhhhhh, Zombies! Using the Undead to Resurrect Students in the Political Science Classroom” by Craig Douglas Albert
  • ‘Classroom Innovation with “The Hunger Games”’ by Bruce Martin
  • “Traditional Teaching Approach–No! Creative and Critical Thinking–Yes!” By Melvin A. Kahn
  • “Using Presidential Daily Diaries as an Instructional Tool” by Frank Franz

Textbook Review

  • William E. Hudson “American Democracy in Peril:Eight Challenges to America’s Future,7th ed.”Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2013. 431 pp. ISBN 978-1-4522-2675-0 by Richard Holtzman

Film Review

  • “Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street” (2012), Directed by Mark Lipman, New Day Digital, 58 minutes by Shyam K. Sriram

 

Issue 2: Summer/Fall 2014

Featured Essays

  • “RU Ready—Extending Political Learning Outside the Classroom and into the Community” by Elizabeth Matto
  • “Introducing Individualist and Structural Perspectives Using Student Autobiographies” by Justin Rex
  • “Dressing Up Our Students: Why Faculty Should Encourage Professional Attire in Undergraduates” by Samuel Lucas McMillan
  • “Multi-Class Interdisciplinary Simulations: Reflections from the Frontlines of a Joint Politics-Physics Collaboration” by Adam Irish
  • “Making it Work: Teaching Political Theory as a Toolbox” by Michael Laurence

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Volume 19

Issue 1: Winter/Spring 2015

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher-Scholar Column: “The New Science of Learning” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “Reflections on Presenting a Workshop at TLC” by Aleisha Karjala
  • Synopsis of Forthcoming Publication: Civic Education in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry by Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch

 

Issue 2: Summer/Fall 2015

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher-Scholar Column: “Making Time for Research at a Teaching Institution” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “Can Building a Rapport with Students Improve Online Retention?” by Rebecca Glazier
  • “AFTERSHOCK: Designing an Educational Board Game” by Rex Brynen

Film Review

  • “Getting to the Point: Documentary Film Excerpts to Use in Your Classroom” by Andrew Levin

Bibliographies

  • “Super Simulations: Trailblazing Ideas for Your Courses” by Elizabeth A. Bennion and Xander E. Laughlin

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Volume 20

Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher-Scholar Column: “Rethinking Internships to Maximize Student Learning” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “Using the Results of the National Survey of Student Leaders to Help Lead Campus Change” by Katherine M. Robiadek
  • “Collaborating with Graduate Students to Enhance Civic Engagement: Lessons from Organizing an Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion” by Georgia Nilsson, Lucas Alward, Jaydeep Bhatia, Sean Stephens, and Adam Irish, Ph.D.
  • “Using Internships to Promote Student Learning: An Annoted Bibliography” by Elizabeth A. Bennion and X.E. Laughlin

Issue 2: Winter/Spring 2017

Featured Essays

  • The Teacher-Scholar Column: “Undergraduate Research Assistants and Scholarly Productivity” by Elizabeth A. Bennion
  • “From the Student: The Value of an Undergraduate Research Assistantship” by Xander E. Laughlin
  • “Collaborating with Graduate Students to Enhance Civic Engagement: Lessons from Organizing an Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion” by Georgia Nilsson, Lucas Alward, Jaydeep Bhatia, Sean Stephens, and Adam Irish, Ph.D.

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