AASCU's American Democracy Project

ADP Webinar: Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines

Join AASCU’s American Democracy Project on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for a free, live web conference with the editors of the new book Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines. Register here.

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines: An ADP Web Conference
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST

Elizabeth Bennion, Elizabeth C. Matto, Alison Rios Millett McCartney, and Dick Simpson, the editors of this 2017 American Political Science Association publication, will share with participants a review of the goals, challenges and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum, while highlighting best practices across disciplines and campuses. The publication includes a diverse group of 38 contributors who approach civic engagement education from many perspectives and this webinar – as well as the text and accompanying website — is a great resource for any educator.

Key topics will include:

  1. New FREE Resources for You: Using the Book & Website to Maximize Civic Learning Outcomes
  2. Foundations of Civic Engagement Education
  3. Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines
  4. Civic Learning Beyond the Classroom
  5. Teaching Engagement: A Status Update and Agenda for the Future
  6. Participant Questions

Register for the free web conference here.
Learn more about the Speakers here.
Download and read the book here.
Access the companion website with additional resources here.


Elizabeth Bennion
Elizabeth Bennion is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB). In addition to teaching American politics courses, Bennion is the founding director of IUSB’s American Democracy Project and host of WNIT’s live weekly television program Politically Speaking. In these capacities she moderates political discussions, public issue forums, and candidate debates for local, state, and national candidates. Bennion has won numerous (national, state, and local) awards for her teaching and service, and has published widely in academic books, journals, and newsletters. Her teaching, research, and service all promote civic education and engagement. She is currently working on a national survey of student leaders, a study of youth political ambition, and a multi-campus voter registration field experiment. Bennion coedited the previous APSA book Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen. She lives in South Bend with her husband and four children.

Elizabeth C. Matto
Elizabeth C. Matto is an associate research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the director of the Institute’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP). She earned her doctorate in American politics at George Washington University and, prior to her work at Eagleton, taught a variety of courses at Princeton University, Temple University, and George Washington University. As director of CYPP, Matto leads research as well as educational and public service efforts designed to encourage and support the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship by the American Political Science Association.

Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Alison Rios Millett McCartney is professor of political science and faculty director of the Honors College at Towson University outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She contributed to and coedited another volume on this topic, Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, with Elizabeth Bennion and Dick Simpson in 2013 and has published other work connecting civic engagement education and international relations in the Journal of Political Science Education. McCartney is also very involved in undergraduate research and teaching international negotiation simulations. She has received several teaching awards including the University of Maryland System Regents’ Award for Mentoring, the Maryland-DC Campus Compact Award for Service-Learning Scholarship, and the Towson University Service-Learning Faculty Member Award. She received her BA from Syracuse University and her masters and PhD from the University of Virginia.

Dick Simpson
Dick Simpson has uniquely combined a distinguished academic career with public service in government. He is a former Chicago alderman and candidate for US Congress.  He has published widely, been an outstanding teacher, and affected public policy. He began his academic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1967 where he has taught for 50 years. At UIC he received the highest awards given for teaching and the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Pi Sigma Alpha National Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is a former department head (2006–2012), a previous director of the department’s Preparing Future Faculty program, and currently professor of the political science at UIC.