APSA is pleased to congratulate the 2016 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation Award Recipient, Dr. Amanda M. Rosen, Webster University
CQ Press (an imprint of SAGE) sponsors this award to recognize a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in political science. This award honors a wide range of new directions in teaching, such as the creation of an innovative course syllabus or using a new multimedia approach in the classroom. In addition to receiving a $500 award, the winner is acknowledged at the APSA 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference’s Opening Keynote Session.
Amanda M. Rosen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Webster University, a Fellow in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, and the Head of International Programs in International Relations. Her research interests focus on the international organization of climate change and its security and human rights implications. She also conducts extensive research into the design and execution of simulations and games in the political science classroom. Dr. Rosen is recognized by her colleagues for being a true classroom innovator, at the forefront in the academic literature on the use of games and simulations in the classroom to teach a wide range of subjects, as well as the classroom itself. It is clear that she has a knack for creating games, exercises, and simulations that engage students and help them learn challenging material. Dr. Rosen has also found an innovative way of teaching research methods that excites and engages students.
Her “Best Breakfast in Town Project” (BBIT) incorporates both group and individual components and takes students from the first stage of reviewing the existing literature on the subject through the research design process. She has presented on this project at the APSA Annual Meeting, has blogged about it on the Active Learning in Political Science (ALPS) blog, and will be discussing it in a co-authored paper at the 2016 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference in Portland, Oregon.