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HCC professor serving as member of American Political Science Association grant team

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HCC professor serving as member of American Political Science Association grant team

(May 27, 2020) –Eric Schwartz, assistant professor of political science at Hagerstown Community College, is a member of a group of faculty from Mid-Atlantic colleges and universities who were awarded a $30,816 grant from the American Political Science Association. The Peer-to-Peer Pedagogical Partnerships (P4) grant supports collaboration among political science faculty at two-year and four-year institutions.

In the project that Schwartz and his colleagues developed, faculty will focus on developing innovative materials for instruction in political science methods, with the aim of facilitating the successful transition and educational achievement of students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions.

Schwartz served as co-author of the grant proposal, along with David Cunningham from the University of Maryland. Other project participants include Sarah Croco, University of Maryland; Stephanie Slocum-Shaffer, Shepherd University; Joseph Young, American University; and Nathan Zook, Montgomery College.

Two faculty workshops will be held, one at the University of Maryland and one at HCC. The workshop goals are to facilitate faculty learning from each other about political science methods and the best approaches to teaching methods to students from a variety of backgrounds, and to develop cutting-edge teaching materials to enable more methods instruction and preparation at two-year institutions and pedagogical innovation at four-year institutions.

The knowledge and materials produced through this project will be disseminated widely to two-year and four-year institutions throughout the discipline.