ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference 2019, Pasadena, California

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

Hosted by ISA-Midwest


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Closing Remarks

ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference 2019

We held our second ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2019, as part of a linked program with the ISA West annual conference. This was a very successful conference, with 54 participants, representing at least three different countries. We appreciate the contributions of the ISA Executive Director Mark Boyer, ISA Headquarters staff members, and leaders of the ISA West section including Amy Skonieczny and Thorin Wright.

This one-day conference included an opening plenary session with an address from Mark Boyer, a series of four workshops sessions offered during the day, a graduate student teacher training workshop led by Paul Diehl. Workshop included meetings focused on Essentials for Teaching Intro IR, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, Teaching IR with Simulations and Games, and Assessment and Effectiveness of Active Teaching. We also offered new sessions geared toward our colleagues in the West region, including the Pedagogy Shark Tank, Teaching IR with Film and Literature, De-Colonizing the Teaching of IR, and Mentoring Undergraduate Research. The conference wrapped up with an evening reception and a keynote address by ISA President Cameron Thies.

We want to thank many people for their support for the ISA Pedagogy Initiative. Our planning committee members have been very engaged in this effort, including Amy Below, Paul Diehl, John Ishiyama, Heidi Hobbs, Brian lai, Victor Asal, Cameron Thies, and Patrick James. Our co-sponsors for IPC West 2019 included the International Studies Association, Paul Diehl and the University of Texas-Dallas, the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, ALIAS: The Active Learning in International Affairs Section of ISA, the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa, the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas, the International Education Section of ISA, the Center for International Affairs at the California State University Channel Islands, the Department of Political Science at The College of Wooster; and Stylus Publishing. Their contributions helped make this a very worthwhile experience for all.

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference linked to the ISA South meeting in the fall of 2020.

- Jeffrey S. Lantis, The College of Wooster
Chair, ISA Pedagogy Conference Planning Initiative


Jeffrey S. Lantis

The College of Wooster

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