Advisory Board

​An Advisory Board will help develop Consortium procedures and to evaluate new proposals. More details about members and procedures will be posted soon.

  • Elizabeth Bennion
  • J. Cherie Strachan


Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth Bennion
Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth A. Bennion is Director of the American Democracy Project and Professor of Political Science at Indiana University South Bend. She is an active member in the American Political Science Association’s Political Science Education Division, serving as program chair for the 2012 annual meeting. Bennion is the co-editor of the American Political Science Association’s book, From Service Learning to Civic and Political Engagement, as well as numerous professional newsletter columns, journal articles, and book chapters. Her recent publications focus on the assessment of civic education and engagement efforts, including the use of randomized field experiments to increase voter registration and turnout. Her recent publications are based on large-scale, multi-campus field experiments conducted on American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Association of American Colleges and Universities campuses. She can be reached at

​John C. Berg

John C. Berg is Professor of Government and Director of Environmental Studies at Suffolk University. His past research has been on legislative and party politics, but he has turned increasingly to environmental issues during the past 5 years. He is the author of Unequal Struggle: Class, Gender, Race, and Power in the US Congress (Westview: 1994) and editor of Teamsters and Turtles? Progressive US Political Movements in the Twenty-first Century (Paradigm: 2003). John worked with Eugene Alpert, Helen Graves, and William Muller to win APSA recognition for of what is now the Organized Section on Political Science Education, and served as the Section's first chair.​

John Craig

John Craig is currently an Assistant Director at the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He has previously taught at Teesside University, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University and the University of Leeds. He is the founding chair of the teaching and learning specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association and editor of the International Political Education Database (IPED), a free online bibliographic resource listing articles on teaching and learning in politics and international relations. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009. He is a member of the editorial boards for a number of journals including the Journal of Political Science Education and is a member of the American Political Science Association.

Michelle D. Deardorff

Michelle D. Deardorff is Professor of Political Science and Department Head of Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has served as the chair of the APSA standing Committee on Teaching and Learning, chair of the Political Science Education section, and on the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Program Committee. In addition to her research on questions of equality, she is the co-editor of Assessment in Political Science, a primer on programmatic and classroom assessment within the discipline, with Kerstin Hamann, and John Ishiyama. Most recently, she joined Brigid Harrison and Jean Harris as an author of the McGraw-Hill text American Democracy Now. Prior to her arrival at UTC in 2013, she served as Professor and Chair of Political Science at Jackson State University, a historic black university in Mississippi and previous to that Deardorff was the Griswold Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Michelle is a founding member of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, a coalition of academics who promote civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States.

Kerstin Hamann

Kerstin Hamann is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Central Florida. She served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association from 2011-2012 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Political Science Education. Her research interests focus on comparative political economy and industrial relations (Western Europe) and Spanish politics as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  She has published several books including the co-edited Assessment in Political Science.  Her SoTL research has also been published in the Journal of Political Science Education and in PS: Political Science & Politics.  Hamann is a recipient of the UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (campus-wide) and has also been honored with an Excellence in Professional Service Award (campus-wide), as well as a university-wide Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards. She was a Fellow in the Teaching Academy (College of Education) and was selected as a Provost’s Senior Faculty Fellow. She also served as a Faculty Fellow to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  Hamann has served as chair of APSA’s Committee on Teaching and Learning, is a Co-Founder of the APSA Distinguished Teaching Award, and is a member of the steering committee of the APSA Iberian Politics Related Group. She serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, South European Politics & Policy, the International Journal of Iberian Studies, and College Teaching.

Juan Carlos Huerta

Juan Carlos Huerta is Professor of Political Science and Director of the University Core Curriculum Programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He leads Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's recognized First Year Learning Communities Program and is actively engaged with learning community development and first year student success at the national level. Huerta has published research on the impact of learning communities on student learning. His service to the American Political Science Association includes the Council (2012-2014), Chair of the Political Science Education Organized Section of the APSA (2009-2011), and Political Science in the 21st Century APSA Presidential Task Force (2009-2011). In addition, he served on the program committee for the APSA Conference on Teaching and Learning from 2006-2008 and on the 2005 APSA Program Committee for the Annual Meeting. Huerta is President of the Southwestern Political Science Association (2014-2015) and also served as Vice President and Program Chair (2007-2008), and Secretary-Treasurer (2010-2013). Huerta’s political science research examines political representation and includes publications in Social Science Quarterly and the American Review of Politics. Huerta has also published in the Journal of Political Science Education and has a chapter in the APSA book Assessment in Political Science. 

John Ishiyama

John Ishiyama is Professor of Political Science at University of North Texas.  He is a Comparative Politics scholar, who specializes in political parties and democratization in post-communist Russian, East Central European, and African (particularly Ethiopian) politics. He has published widely on ethnic conflict and politics (particularly the role played by ethnic parties) and on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has held leadership positions in the APSA, MPSA, and ISA, in particular serving as a member of the APSA Executive Council from 2007-09 and the MPSA Executive Council from 2010-present. He was a book review editor for the Journal International Politics and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Political Science Education, the journal of the APSA Political Science Education Section. Ish​iyama currently serves as Lead Editor of the American Political Science Review.

Shannon Jenkins

Shannon Jenkins is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, specializing in U.S. state politics, women and politics and public policy.  Her research focuses on decision making in state legislatures, with a specific focus on the role of political organizations and gender in shaping outputs in these institutions, and the impact of specific pedagogical practices on student learning outcomes in political science courses.  Her research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Political Science Education, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly.​

Russell K. Mayer

Russell K. Mayer is a Professor of Political Science and Vice President for Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment at Merrimack College.  He has served on the American Political Science Association Committee on Teaching and Learning, and as program chair for the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference.  His scholarship on teaching and learning, which assesses pedagogical strategies for promoting civic engagement among young people, has been presented at national and regional conferences and published in the Journal of Political Science Education.  Dr. Mayer’s recent book, Taking Action: Federal Regulation of Internet Gambling Industry 1995-2011, was published by Lexington Press in 2014.  Mayer was also 2012-13 American Council on Education Fellow.

Alison Rios Millett McCartney

Alison Rios Millett McCartney is Associate Professor of Political Science at Towson University, Faculty Director of the Honors College, and former Director of the International Studies program.  Her research and teaching interests include civic engagement education, German, Polish, and Russian politics and foreign policy, the European Union, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.   Her recent book, Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (with co-editors Elizabeth Bennion and Dick Simpson) was published by the American Political Science Association in 2013.  Her chapters in this volume explore the role of political science in civic engagement education and the connection between civic engagement education, global learning, and lifelong citizenship.  She has received several awards for her civic engagement work, including the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact Service-Learning Scholarship Award and the University System of Maryland Regents Award for Mentoring.

Shane Nordyke

Shane Nordyke is an Associate Professor of political science and the Director of the Government Research Bureau at the University of South Dakota.  Her primary areas of teaching and research are in public policy, particularly in the areas of transportation and security, and pedagogical approaches in research methods.  She currently serves as a principal investigator on the OPOSSEM project, which has created an online portal of resources for those that teach research methods in the social sciences.
She is also a regular contributor to the APSA Teaching and Learning conference.​

Boris E. Ricks

Boris E. Ricks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge with specializations in Urban Politics, State and Local Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Environmental Justice, Public Policy, Political Leadership, Public Administration and Health Disparities.  He regularly serves as a track moderator at APSA’s Teaching & Learning Conference.  As an advocate of Civic Engagement, he is active on a wide variety of local and regional civic organizations.  Dr. Ricks’ research has been published in the National Political Science Review, the Journal of American Ethnic Studies, the Journal of Rhetoric and Public Affairs and the Encyclopedia of African American Religion and Politics.  He is author of several book chapters, book reviews, monographs and technical reports and has been awarded several research grants, including the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award, CSUN-RIMI Research Grant, and the CSBS Summer Research Grant.​

Dick Simpson

Dick Simpson is Professor of the Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he has taught for 46 years. At UIC he received the highest awards given for teaching including the UIC Silver Circle Award (twice), CETL Teaching Recognition Award, the UIC award for Excellence in Teaching, and the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Pi Sigma Alpha National Award for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science. He is a former Department Head from 2006-2012, a previous Director of the department’s Preparing Future Faculty program.  He has served on the Teaching and Learning Committee of APSA and as co-chair of the Founders of the Distinguished Teaching Award for the APSA.  He has been the principal researcher on a number of studies of elections, urban politics, voting patterns of elected officials, local government, public policy, and government budgeting. He is author or co-author of a number of books, including the APSA published edited collection, Teaching Civic Engagement (2013).


J. Cherie Strachan
Curriculum Vitae

J. Cherie Strachan is Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Co-Director of the Citizen Engagement and Public Service Division, and Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University.   She is an active member in the American Political Science Association’s Political Science Education Division, serving as program chair for the 2011 annual meeting.  Strachan is the author of High-Tech Grassroots: the Professionalization of Local Elections, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.  Her recent publications focus on the role of civility in a democratic society, as well as college-level civic education interventions intended to enhance students’ civic skills and identities.  Her applied research, which focuses on facilitating student-led deliberative discussions sessions and on enhancing campus civil society, has resulted in an affiliation with the Kettering Foundation.  She can be reached at​

Charles C. Turner

Charles C. "Charley" Turner is professor of political science at California State University, Chico, where he recently completed two terms as department chair. His field is American politics, where he teaches courses on The U.S. Presidency and State & Local Government and conducts research on judicial decision-making. His teaching and learning research has focused on scope & methods courses, senior capstone, civic engagement, and online testing and has appeared​ in the Journal of Political Science Education and PS: Political Science & Politics. He is lead author of Introduction to American Government (BVT Publishing), which is now in its 7th edition. He has served on the Executive Council for the Western Political Science Association and for the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association.