ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference 2019, Pasadena, California

September 26th, 2019
Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, California, USA

Hosted by ISA-Midwest


More information will be posted as it becomes available.

The second annual International Studies Association Innovative Pedagogy Conference (ISA-IPC) will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, in Pasadena, CA, in conjunction with the ISA West meeting. This ISA initiative supports a series of programs held in conjunction with regional conferences around the United States, and beyond. The one-day event will foster a highly interactive environment to explore new ideas in pedagogy and assessment—and it offers rich opportunities for professional development, networking, and classroom skills. There will be three types of sessions at the ISA-IPC: workshops, graduate teaching assistant training, and plenary meetings.

  • Workshops will be directed by leading voices on pedagogy, assessment, and professional development. Participants will attend four workshops during the day, chosen from a rich menu, to share innovations and ideas about different themes in international studies pedagogy. Among the workshop themes for 2019 are: Simulations & Games for Teaching IR; Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs; Pedagogy Shark Tank; Decolonizing the Teaching of International Relations; and Assessment and Effectiveness of Active Teaching and Learning. These interactive short sessions will provide hands-on experience and materials for ready application, along with opportunities for professional networking and sharing of ideas. View Workshop Abstracts Here.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Training (Certification) sessions offer hands-on learning opportunities for advanced graduate students who are instructing their own classes at their universities. Training will focus on running effective active teaching exercises, dealing with challenging situations in the classroom, assessment, and turning teaching opportunities into professional success. A certificate of participation will be provided for all attendees.

  • Plenary sessions will focus on best practices in innovative teaching and promote opportunities for collaboration and exchange. From the opening session to an evening networking reception, participants will share ideas with like-minded colleagues. A keynote presentation by ISA President Cameron Thies will foster further dialogue on best practices in active teaching and learning.


ISA-IPC Planning Committee

We are thankful for contributions of the International Studies Association leaders and staff, as well as members of the planning committee in development of this exciting new conference. Committee members include:

  • Jeffrey S. Lantis, Chair, The College of Wooster
  • Amy Below, Oregon State University
  • Paul F. Diehl, University of Texas-Dallas
  • John Ishiyama, University of North Texas
  • Heidi Hobbs, North Carolina State University
  • Victor Asal, SUNY-Albany University
  • Brian Lai, University of Iowa
  • Cameron Thies, Arizona State University
  • Ashley Leeds, Rice University
  • Patrick James, University of Southern California
  • Mark Boyer, Executive Director of ISA and University of Connecticut


Jeffrey S. Lantis

The College of Wooster

Upcoming Deadlines

Proposal Submissions: June 21st
(for ISA West)

Early Registration Discount Ends: September 1st

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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