Elizabethtown College professor receives award from national political science association

Elizabethtown College professor receives award from national political science association

E. Fletcher McClellan presented with Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship award

Elizabethtown College Professor of Political Science, E. Fletcher McClellan, has been presented with the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship; the award is given by the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association. Receipt of the award was announced at the 2018 annual meeting of the APSA in Boston, MA.

Initiated by the PSE Section in 2014, the Brians award is given annually to a faculty member, nominated by peers and/or students, who demonstrates commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students, as well as in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public affairs-related careers. Evidence for these commitments may include, but are not limited to, supervising students-informally and formally-on undergraduate student original research, collaborating with undergraduate students on original research projects, assisting undergraduate students with public presentations and/or publication of work, and accompanying students to academic conferences.

The award was established and named in memory of Craig L. Brians, former associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech University, after his death, at the age of 51, in 2013. With some of the same and similar areas of focus to McClellan, Brians taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, elections, political communication, public opinion and political science research methods. Brians and McClellan also are connected through characteristics attributed to Brians-“a love of teaching, devotion to the craft of social science research and commitment to political science education.”

As instructor of a capstone Senior Seminar course in Political Science and Legal Studies, McClellan has supervised dozens of senior research projects, many of which were presented at Elizabethtown’s annual Scholarship and Creative Arts Days and/or annual meetings of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. Also, he has collaborated with students on conference papers that were presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Southern Political Science Association, and Northeastern Political Science Association.

The purpose of the PSE Section of the APSA is two-fold: to promote both exemplary undergraduate teaching within the political science discipline as well as the scholarship of teaching. The section is especially dedicated to increasing the use of innovative teaching methods, particularly those rooted in experience-internships, service-learning, simulations and study abroad-and the evaluation of such methods.

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