Two Major Grants to Support Faculty Collaboration and Cutting-Edge Teaching Tools Announced

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the awarding of two grants, totaling $70,000, to projects aimed at bringing political science faculty together to share best practices and produce cutting-edge teaching resources.

Peer-to-Peer Pedagogical Partnerships (P4) grants support collaboration among political science faculty at two-year and four-year institutions. Through this collaboration, faculty share best practices for mentoring first-generation, under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged students to develop cutting-edge teaching materials. The long-term goal of P4 is to strengthen ties between political science faculty and improve political science instruction and mentoring across higher-education institutions.

This year APSA will provide funding to two P4 teams, representing 10 higher education institutions. Funded projects aim to build robust faculty networks in their regions, to advance political science instruction and better support the two-four year pipeline.

“I would like to congratulate the Peer to Peer Pedagogical Partnership recipients,” said Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director of the American Political Science Association. “These projects represent vital collaborations among faculty across institutions and have great potential to advance political science teaching and learning.  I commend the scholars for their dedication and commitment to their students and to the discipline.”

The P4 San Diego Imperial County project aims to advance recognition of the role of diversity, inclusion and equity in supporting students. The organizers aim to collaborate with faculty from 12 higher education institutions in the area, the majority of which are designed as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. In addition to developing an institutionalized faculty network in the area and increasing cohesion between two-year and four-year political science curricula, participants will develop a Summer Bridge Program Kit.


P4 San Diego Imperial County PIs: (pictured left to right)

A second P4 project will bring together faculty from Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Virginia. Their work will focus on developing innovative materials for instruction in political science methods, with the aim of facilitating the successful transition and educational achievement of students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions. Participants will share best practices for teaching methods to students from a variety of backgrounds. They will also develop cutting-edge teaching materials to enable more methods instruction at two-year institutions and more pedagogical innovation at four-year institutions.


P4 Mid-Atlantic PIs: (pictured left to right)

The materials produced through these projects will be made available to APSA members through APSA’s new teaching and learning website, APSA Educate.

The P4 program is an initiative of the APSA Presidential Task Force on New Partnerships. This Task Force aims to deepen ties among political scientists, between political science and the public, and to strengthen the contributions of political science to the public good. P4 grants are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ivywood Foundation.

If you are a political scientist that teaches in one of the geographic areas mentioned above and would like to participate in one of these projects, please contact