The APSA Teaching and Learning Conference
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By Lee Trepanier, February 11, 2011 in Professional Development

We have arrived in Albuquerque for this year's American Political Science Conference on Teaching and Learning. Unlike the other APSA Conference, this one is designed to focus on improving the teaching of faculty and the learning of students. It is also designed differently than traditional academic conferences. You are assigned a "track" with a dozen scholars for 2 1/2 days to present your research and discuss how to implement your ideas into the classroom. At the end of the conference, the moderator is to write a report that will be published in PS: Political Science & Politics.

The track we are assigned to is "Internationalizing the Curriculum: In-Class and Discipline-Wide Strategies." Gerson Moreno-Riano, Phil Hamilton, Kelly Hanlon, and myself will be presenting on Statesmanship and Democracy in a Global and Comparative Context. We also will have presentations on using mass media to teach globalization, the development of global civic skills, service-learning, and developing a multicultural curriculum. Needless to say, we are looking forward tomorrow to present a voice that is rarely heard in these conversations.

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Lee Trepanier
Lee Trepanier

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University. I teach courses in political philosophy as well as the Introduction to Political Science course. I received my B.A. in Political Science and English Literature with a Minor in Russian Studies at Marquette University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Louisiana State University. My research interests are in Russian politics; politics and religion; politics, literature, and film; and political philosophy with a focus on the works of Eric Voegelin.