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Who produces the great teachers? Evaluating graduate political science programs via teaching awards
Unformatted Document Text:  Chapel Hill, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Importantly, when accounting for teaching awards at non-Research I institutions some of the highly ranked research institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Michigan, which are also responsible for producing a large number of PhDs, are notable by their absence. Although the present data does not provide an explanation for why some institutions produce highly regarded teachers, McCormick and Rice (2001) offer a suggestion which may apply here: “students accustomed to professional scholarly norms in their graduate institutions are likely to continue to follow those norms regardless of their present institutional affiliation.” (McCormick and Rice, 2001: 675) . Investigation into the Teacher Preparation programs at each of these institutions could provide information in this respect. Along these lines, there is one interesting observation regarding at least two of these five programs. Both Ohio State University and Indiana University-Bloomington have had a long connection with the Preparing Future Faculty Program (sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities) which is a program designed to prepare graduate students for faculty careers at primarily teaching institutions. Indiana University in particular was selected along with Howard University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Illinois-Chicago as the designated political science PFF program in 1999. So it is little wonder that along with being a highly ranked research program, the Indiana University program would also produce a number of award winning political science teachers as well. Additionally, we might gain some information from which institutions report teaching awards. By making award recipients public, through publication in PS: 10

Authors: Ishiyama, John. and Cole, Alexandra.
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Chapel Hill, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Importantly,
when accounting for teaching awards at non-Research I institutions some of the highly
ranked research institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Michigan, which are also
responsible for producing a large number of PhDs, are notable by their absence.
Although the present data does not provide an explanation for why some
institutions produce highly regarded teachers, McCormick and Rice (2001) offer a
suggestion which may apply here: “students accustomed to professional scholarly norms
in their graduate institutions are likely to continue to follow those norms regardless of
their present institutional affiliation.” (McCormick and Rice, 2001: 675) . Investigation
into the Teacher Preparation programs at each of these institutions could provide
information in this respect. Along these lines, there is one interesting observation
regarding at least two of these five programs. Both Ohio State University and Indiana
University-Bloomington have had a long connection with the Preparing Future Faculty
Program (sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of
American Colleges and Universities) which is a program designed to prepare graduate
students for faculty careers at primarily teaching institutions. Indiana University in
particular was selected along with Howard University, University of Colorado-Boulder,
and the University of Illinois-Chicago as the designated political science PFF program in
1999. So it is little wonder that along with being a highly ranked research program, the
Indiana University program would also produce a number of award winning political
science teachers as well.
Additionally, we might gain some information from which institutions report
teaching awards. By making award recipients public, through publication in PS:
10


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