Political Science Department Resources
Sample TA materials from Political Science department TAs.
- Section syllabi: 103a, 103b, 103c, 104a, 104b, 104c, 106a, 209a, 217a, 338a, 551a, 660a
- Lesson plans: 103a, 103b, 103c, 103d, 104a, 104b, 106a, 209a, 217a, 316a, 338a, 379a
- Activities and handouts: 103a, 103b, 104a, 104b, 260a, 338a, 376a, 660a
Departmental Internal Resources
The "internal resources" page (see link on left) provides information on room changes,
grade changes, employee benefits, course waiting lists, section changes, and
writing-intensive, CommB, and service-learning courses.
Political Science Grad Association (http://users.polisci.wisc.edu/psga/index.html )
The PSGA's mission is to "foster communication and information-sharing
among the grad students and faculty members of the political science
department and to promote professional development opportunities for
the grad students." The website features several guides on various
topics of interest to TAs and grad students in general, and more will
come this year as the PSGA holds professional development workshops.
University of Wisconsin Resources
Offices of the Dean of Students (http://www.wisc.edu/students/about/mission.htm)
The Offices of the Dean of Students webpage provides numerous
resources, from the policies and procedures related to the student code
of conduct to lists and descriptions of campus resources.
Writing Center (http://www.wisc.edu/writing/ )
The Writing Center helps "undergraduate and graduate students in all
disciplines become more effective, more confident writers." The website
includes specific resources for TA's and faculty, including class visits and student handouts. (http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Instructor/Instructor-Resources.html)
McBurney Center (http://www.mcburney.wisc.edu/ )
The McBurney Center's mission is to "assist in creating an accessible
university community where students with disabilities have an equal
opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational
environment. We cooperate through partnerships with students, faculty,
and staff to promote students' independence and to ensure recognition
of their abilities, not disabilities."
Office for Equity & Diversity (http://www.oed.wisc.edu/ )
The Office for Equity and Diversity "promotes, integrates, and
transfers equity and diversity principles to advance and support the
mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison." The website includes
information on discrimination and harassment policies and procedures.
Program in English as a Second Language (copy and paste this link into your browser)(http://mendota.english.wisc.edu/~ESL/ESLindex.htm)
Includes information on ESL classes available to undergraduate and
graduate students, as well as the International Teaching Assistant
(ITA) Training Program.
Letters & Science Learning Support Services (http://lss.wisc.edu/ )
L&S Learning Support Services (LSS) is "a learning resource
department serving Letters & Science faculty, staff, and students."
It "provide(s) a variety of services and programs which allow faculty
to make use of instructional technology ranging from overhead
projectors to video players to language labs to computers."
UW-Madison Teaching Tips
American Political Science Association Resources
APSA Teaching Resources (http://www.apsanet.org/section_168.cfm)
APSA provides links to numerous resources, including:
- APSA journal articles on teaching (organized by topic)
- Teaching websites
run by the New York Times, C-SPAN, PBS, political science departments,
and so on. They provide a vast quantity of teaching suggestions,
curricula, and materials.
- Simulations and games on particular topics.
- Teaching centers at various universities.