JSU professor named chair of national committee on teaching and learning

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University professor of Political Science Michelle D. Deardorff, has been appointed by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to chair the Committee on Teaching and Learning for a term of four years.

Michelle Deardorff

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.

“I was very surprised when I was contacted by APSA about this opportunity,” said Deardorff, who received a B. A. in political science and history from Taylor University in Indiana and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Miami University in Ohio. “In my discipline, appointments to the APSA council and to the standing committees almost always goes to faculty at the largest institutions, who are in high-profile Ph.D.-granting departments, and hardly ever to those at HBCUs. I never expected to have this opportunity during my career.”

The APSA Committee on Teaching and Learning addresses issues of course and curriculum preparation and assessment in higher education, the professional development of college and graduate teaching and strategies of teaching and learning for the diversity of students and program missions. The committee also advises the APSA council on the practices and policy for the annual Teaching and Learning Conference.

“During my term in office, I hope to continue to institutionalize the significance of teaching of all kinds and at all levels and develop long-lasting relationships between the organized research sections of the discipline and the teaching communities,” said Deardorff, a member of the JSU Political Science Department since 2003. “I also want to promote the importance of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for professional development and pressure APSA to take a leadership role on programmatic assessment, and I plan to ensure that our first APSA endowed award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching is fully funded.”

Deardorff is a former chair of the ASPA’s organized section on Political Science Education, a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Journal of Political Science Education and a member of the Distinguished Teaching Award Leadership committee.


23 thoughts on “JSU professor named chair of national committee on teaching and learning

  1. This committee is very lucky to have you and made the right decision in choosing you for the position. You are so deserving of this honor and will always have my respect and admiration. Go and be great!!!!
    ~Michelle Colon

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  3. Dr. Deardorff, you make us proud of you at JSU, and congratulations on this wonderful appointmemt. I have a closeness and deep respect for Political Science. Best wishes with the work you will do for the discipline, the students, and the nation.

    Otha Burton, Associate Dean and Chair, School of Policy and Planning

  4. Congratulations Dr. Deardorff, Its inspiring to watch you soar…a true testimony of promoting quality education. F.Adams Johnson, CR’s Vet and English Instructor

  5. What a great honor for a great person. Congrats Dr. Deardorff, you are sincere about education and that reflects in all of your endeavors. It was a remarkable experience to have you as a professor. May God continue to bless you!!!

  6. never studied under you hope you are on target with real righteous teaching hope jsu have not forgotten outside communities. still an american dilemma between what she practice and what she preach. gradualism takes it toll on the ignorant masses. Still yet congratulation transcend get a new vision of a more inclusive just society.

  7. Congratulations!!!!. I believe excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. You bring excellence to JSU
    Felix Okojie

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