March 3, 2006
Dr. Lillian Lopez and Dr. Patrick McKinlay, associate professors of history and political science at Morningside College, presented their paper “Cultivating a Dedication to Ethical Leadership and Civic Responsibility: Reflections on Service Learning in Political Science in a Small Department” at the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2006 Teaching and Learning Conference held Feb. 18-20, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D. C.
The paper examined service learning both in and out of the classroom and focused on how Morningside’s political science curriculum is influenced by and reflective of the college’s mission of ethical leadership and civic responsibility. The two discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of infusing broader college outcomes into the heart of undergraduate political science education.
The APSA conference was organized as a workshop-based forum to develop models of teaching and learning as well as to discuss broad themes affecting political science education today. More than 300 attendees representing academic publishers, funding organizations, and academic institutions throughout the United States and abroad participated in the conference.
Lopez joined the faculty at Morningside in 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She serves as director of Morningside’s Office of International Student Services and is faculty advisor for the International Students Association and the Mock Trial Team.
McKinlay has been with Morningside since 1994. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He is faculty advisor for the Morningside Civic Union.