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Innovative Pedagogy Conference 2018

  • The first annual International Studies Association Innovative Pedagogy Conference (ISA-IPC) will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in St. Louis, MO, in conjunction with the ISA Midwest meeting. This new ISA initiative marks the beginning of a series of programs to be 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 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 2018 are: Simulations & Games for Teaching Violence and Peace; Publishing Your Innovative Teaching Work; Research Literacy; International Studies Curriculum Design; Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs; and Global Service 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. 

  • 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 Patrick James will foster further dialogue on best practices in active teaching and learning. 

  • ISA leadership and planning 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
Ashley Leeds, Rice University
T.V. Paul, McGill University
Patrick James, University of Southern California
Mark Boyer, Executive Director of ISA, University of Connecticut



This is a limited availability conference, so be sure to watch the ISA website for official announcements and registration information (www.isanet.org). Please contact the committee chair with any questions.

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