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: https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Policy-and-Procedures/ID/2563/Career-Courses.

 

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.

March 29, 2022 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm (at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention)

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. There are practical reasons for these requirements; students are more likely to engage in their courses if instructors can articulate how the structure, materials, and assignments facilitate learning. Instructors are more likely to invest in creative solutions to pedagogical problems if they are confident in their personal and professional fundamentals. Despite the advantages of a coherent pedagogical foundation, the general disciplinary assumption seems to be that academics, having spent so much of their lives in classrooms, have simply absorbed a comprehensive approach to pedagogy by osmosis. Deep exploration of the purpose and meaning behind teaching is too often left up to chance, and to graduate program directors, who, given the dominant incentive structure at doctorate-granting universities and the dearth of opportunities for professional development in this area, are likely to have neglected such exploration in their own careers. This workshop provides opportunities for participants to discuss with interested others the most effective ways to represent their enthusiasm for teaching. Participants will collaborate in multiple small groups organized by institutional type and career stage to refine the language and structure of their statements of teaching philosophy for various purposes and audiences. Such conversations can help academics at all stages of their careers feel more confident articulating why they teach the way they do, and provide deliberate, conscious foundations for making pedagogical decisions large and small.

Cap: 45 people

March 29, 2022 from 8:00am - 12:00pm (at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention)

Instructors: Amanda M. Rosen, Victor Asal & Joseph W. Roberts

The game Diplomacy has a long history in the college classroom to teach the core paradigms in international relations as well as key skills in negotiation, teamwork, and strategic thinking (Asal 2005; Bridge and Radford 2014; Arnold 2015; Mattlin 2018; Rittinger 2020; Mattlin 2021). Participants in this course will play through a game of Diplomacy and learn how to facilitate it with their own students. We will also discuss the learning benefits and drawbacks of using Diplomacy as well as how to play it in physical, virtual, and hybrid classes.

Cap: 45 people

March 29, 2022 from 8:00am - 12:00pm (at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention)

Instructor: Rachel Vanderhill

How do you get a tenure-track job at a liberal arts college? Do you want a job at a liberal arts college? This workshop will include a discussion of careers at liberal arts institutions and provide attendees with an overview of the unique dynamics of their application process. Along with offering practical advice about how to develop a high-quality and relevant application, the workshop will include some time for review of attendees' existing application materials.

Cap: 45 people

March 29, 2022 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm (at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention)

Instructors: Naazneen H. Barma & Oliver Kaplan

This course offers professional development training for scholars of international affairs seeking to engage more publicly with their research. It brings together the core content of two longer-form, well-established professional development programs funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York under its "Bridging the Gap" initiative: the International Policy Summer Institute, which is a professional development program for international affairs scholars who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research; and the Responsible Public Engagement Initiative, which addresses challenges around direct engagement with policy actors at various stages of the research process and disseminating research to policy audiences. It also incorporates training material that focuses on ethical and context-sensitive scholarship from the Advancing Research on Conflict consortium.

Cap: 45 people

 


 

Contact our Programming Team with questions about this program.