Career Courses

ISA's Career Course program is designed to provide professional development opportunities for ISA members. Participants are able to learn new skills, methods, and subject matter from experienced instructors, either online or at our Annual Convention. The format of Career Courses differs depending on the topic, the preferences of the Instructor(s), the teaching methodology used, and the goal(s) of the course. The duration of the courses also differs depending on whether the course is taught online or in-person. Online courses range from an hour to four hours in length, while in-person courses last for four hours at the Annual Convention site.

To propose a Career Course, click on the “Submit a Proposal” button below. ISA’s Professional Development Committee reviews proposals to teach virtual Career Courses quarterly. To submit a proposal to teach on site at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention, the deadline is June 1st.

Career Courses are limited to a small group of participants and registration is upon a first-come, first-served basis upon the payment of a fee. Registration for online courses occurs on a rolling basis throughout the year and is announced via the Association’s monthly newsletter and social media channels. Registration for on-site courses opens at the time of Annual Convention registration.

Should a person be unable to add a Career Course to their ISAnet cart, this means that the course is full. An individual may contact ISA’s Director of Professional Development to be added to the waitlist for that course.

Course fees differ depending on whether the course is offered virtually or in person at the Annual Convention. For virtual Career Courses, the fee is $15 for courses that range from one to two hours. For online courses that last more than two hours (whether one session or spread over a series of sessions), the fee is $25.

Registration for an on-site conference Career Course is $25 and participants must also be registered for the Annual Convention to take part in an on-site course.

Please note that Career Course registration is non-refundable. Thus, individuals who have registered for courses that are taking place at the Annual Convention should check their schedule prior to registering for a Career Course to ensure that no panel or other commitments conflict with the timing of the course. ISA Program Chairs cannot make schedule changes to accommodate career course participation. To read ISA's complete Career Course policy, please visit:


Interest in participating in ISA Career Courses is always greater than the number of spaces available in any given Career Course. Thus, if you previously registered for a Career Course (whether online or an in-person) but are ultimately unable to attend the course, please notify ISA’s Director of Professional Development as soon as possible. This allows for the space to be made available to other interested participants.


Open Career Courses (Click course title to see description)


June 25, 2021 at 12-2pm EST

Instructor: Jamie Frueh

Applications for teaching positions and for tenure/promotion routinely require statements of teaching philosophy that outline the candidate’s approaches to pedagogy and make a case that those approaches result in effective student learning. This career course provides practical advice for building coherent pedagogical approaches and articulating them in ways that resonate with hiring and review committees. Participants will collaborate in small groups to refine the language and structure of their statements of teaching philosophy for various purposes and audiences. Jamie Frueh is Professor of Global Politics and Director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Bridgewater College. He is the recipient of ISA’s 2019 Deborah Gerner Award for Innovative Teaching, the director of ISA Northeast’s Annual Pedagogy Workshop, and a member of the steering committee for ISA’s Innovative Pedagogy Conference.

Cap: 30 people

Looking to Register?

You can register for one of our Career Courses on our Career Course Registration page:

Register for a Career Course



Contact Kristy A. Belton, our Director of Professional Development, with questions about this program.