for the classroom

The Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights, an initiative of the Scholars Strategy Network, is

a diverse group of faculty from institutions throughout the United States that aims to ensure student voting rights. By joining the Faculty Network, you can have access to:

  • Training materials andinformation on how to adhere to nonpartisan guidelines, and FAQs, drawing on national organizations like the Brennan Center for Justice;
  • Access to local, regional, and national networks focused on student voting;
  • A “Faculty Pledge” wherein instructors commit to helping register students, publicizing election-related information, and lobbying campus administrations on behalf of their students’ right to vote;
  • A rapid response network to support faculty who advocate for campus voting.

Ask Every Student uses the framework that full student voter participation comes from integrating individualized, person-to-person voter registration into existing processes, such as orientation or classes that reach all students. Every campus has different challenges, opportunities, and context to create a program that asks every student about their democratic engagement plan. Through collaborating with 31 Codesigner Campuses, Ask Every Student has developed resources that focus on faculty and classroom engagement in digital and in-person contexts.

The Faculty Champion Toolkit contains guides and templates for strategically engaging faculty across disciplines to incorporate democratic engagement opportunities in their classroom.

The Ask Every Student Canvas Module Template is available on the Canvas Commons and provides a foundation to build a one-stop-shop for student voter information that can be readily accessible on participating faculty’s Canvas courses. 

Project Pericles’ Periclean Voting Modules offer a great resource on bringing student voting into the classroom. This set of curricular resources is for faculty, across all disciplines, who are interested in incorporating nonpartisan voter education into the curriculum. They represent a wide range of geographic regions and can be tailored for the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM. 

In an effort to cut through the seemingly endless stream of news we’re faced with, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, an applied research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, periodically releases short discussion guides, called “Making Sense of…”  These short pieces are meant as a way to become quickly acquainted with an issue, to see what people are reading on the topic, and to begin a conversation, using some discussion framing questions.  These guides are meant for use by anyone, but in particular we encourage use by college faculty (in classrooms and in disciplinary clubs) and in co-curricular campus settings.

APSA’s RAISE the Vote campaign, in accordance with APSA’s Statement on Civic Engagement and Voting, aims to provide political science faculty with the tools needed to effectively encourage student voter registration, voting, and democratic engagement. The campaign’s main goal is to increase college student voter registration, voting, and civic engagement through two key mechanisms:

  1. Providing concrete steps and best practices that faculty can use in the classroom and on-campus to encourage student engagement;
  2. Highlighting the research, teaching, and service of APSA members as relates to civic engagement and voting, and encouraging faculty to use these resources in their classrooms.

Teaching Civic Engagement is a web resource created by the American Political Science Association (APSA) that includes free access to Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen and Teaching Civic Engagement across the Disciplines. Here you can find examples of how authors included methods of teaching active citizenship into their curriculum and will be able to reference such items as sample syllabi, class projects, and assessments.