The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The contribution may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact. The award carries a $1,000 prize.
The award was created on the recommendation of APSA’s Teaching and Learning Committee and has been endowed through generous gifts from APSA members. It signals the central role of teaching in the profession.
Michael A. Genovese received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1979. He currently holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In 2006, he was made a Fellow at the Queens College, Oxford University. In 2015 he was named President of the Global Policy Institute. And in 2017 Professor Genovese was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, only the fifth time in the APSA’s history that this award has been given out.
Professor Genovese has written fifty books, including The Trumping of American Politics, Leadership Matters, (with Thomas E. Cronin), Paradigm: 2012, named OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BOOK OF THE YEAR (International Leadership Association), The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, (with Thomas E. Cronin and Meena Bose), Oxford University Press, 5th ed 2017; The Power of the American Presidency 1789-2000, Oxford University Press, 2001, The Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, Facts-on File, 2nd ed, 2010 (winner of the New York Public Library, “Best of Reference” work of 2004), Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership, Oxford University Press, 2008, He has also written a cookbook, Me and Mach: Food Fit for The Prince (Amazon, Kindle e-book, 2013), Women as Political Leaders, Taylor and Francis, edited with Janie Steckenrider, 2013), Shakespeare’s Politics, (Paradigm, edited with Bruce Althusler, Paradigm, 2014) Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (Routledge, 2014), and The Future of Leadership: Leveraged Leadership in an Age of Hyper-Change, Routledge, 2015. His articles and reviews have appeared in the American Political Science Review , The Times Literary Supplement, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, White House Studies, The Journal of Leadership Studies, and elsewhere.
Genovese has won over a dozen university and national teaching awards, including the Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award (1995), and the Rains Excellence in Research Award (2011). Professor Genovese frequently appears as a commentator on local, national, and international television (e.g. CNN). He is also Associate Editor of the journal, White House Studies, is on the Editorial Board of the International Leadership Journal, has lectured for the United States Embassy abroad, and is editor of Palgrave Macmillan Publishing’s, “The Evolving American Presidency” book series. In 2016 he was made an “affiliate faculty member “ at the LMU School of Education. Professor Genovese has been The Washington Center’s “scholar-in-residence” at three Democratic national political conventions, and the 2008 presidential inauguration, and served as scholar-in-residence at the 2012 Republican National Convention. In 2004-05, Professor Genovese served as President of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association. He is currently on the Advisory Boards of The Washington Center, The Center for the Study of Los Angeles, and is the Chair of the Board of the Foundation
For International Education, London. During the presidency of George H.W. Bush, he served as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Pentagon.