September 25, 2016

Amanda Rosen wins ASPA innovative teaching award

Associate professor of International Relations Amanda Rosen was rewarded for her innovative teaching methods with an award from the American Political Science Association (APSA). | Contributed Photo

Associate professor of International Relations Amanda Rosen was rewarded for her innovative teaching methods with an award from the American Political Science Association (APSA). | Contributed Photo

Amanda Rosen, an associate professor of International Relations at Webster University, was rewarded for her innovative teaching methods with an award from the American Political Science Association (APSA).

The CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation honors political science instructors who develop new ways of teaching the subject. Rosen’s teaching methods focus on using games and simulations to help students understand the complexity of political science topics in real-world terms.

One example is the “Best Breakfast in Town” project, which Rosen uses in her class Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science. The project helps students understand the process of defining terms and creating methods for research by asking them to come with criteria to identify the best breakfast in Webster Groves.

Rosen has presented on her teaching methods at several political science conferences, including one conducted by the APSA.

At Webster, Rosen teaches a variety of courses on American politics and international relations. She is also a fellow in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and oversees the university’s Global MA in International Relationships, a program in which students earn a Master’s degree while visiting five different countries.

Rosen’s research is focused on climate change policy and how it affects security and human rights on the international stage.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers for doing something that I truly love,” Rosen said in a Webster University news release. “I am always looking for new ways to engage students and to find new pedagogical tools that help them understand how the actions and policies of political actors all over the world have a direct impact on their lives.”

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