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Thursday, February 7th
Arrival
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Meet in the Magnolia Lounge for drinks and appetizers
Friday, February 8th
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 am - 10:15 am “The 2012 Presidential Campaign: How Karl Rove and others wasted 1 Billion Dollars on Political Advertising”
Presenter: John Geer, Vanderbilt University
The 2012 election saw record setting spending in American elections.   For the presidential election alone, 1 billion dollars was spent on political advertising.  Karl Rove and others raised and spent huge amounts of money to influence the election.   Yet it looks like this money had little effect on moving voters to or away from President Obama.   There was very little bang for all these bucks.   I will present an argument that explains why, despite the flood of money, that the fundamentals of this election drove the outcome.
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am

“unConference”

This unique breakout session is one which moves hallway discussion into the meeting room. Instead of passive listening, all attendees are encouraged to become participants. The session provides you with the chance to have in depth discussion with your colleagues from around the country about topics which interest you the most.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

"Learning Outcomes"

Presenter: Carolyn Merrill, Cengage Learning Executive Editor, Political Science
How can the publisher assist the instructor on their ability to measure learning outcomes?   Carolyn will facilitate a discussion about new models that may ultimately help the teacher tackle the task of monitoring and measuring learning outcomes in the classroom and beyond.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

"Are the “Second-Term Blues” Inevitable? Assessing the Perils and Possibilities that face Second-Term Presidents from Washington to Obama"

Presenter: David Yalof, The University of Connecticut

On November 6, 2012, President Obama became the third straight U.S. President to secure re-election to a second term in office. Not since the early 19th century have our chief executives earned consecutive White House terms so regularly. Yet while reelected presidents offer a measure of stability to the political system, second-term achievements have been rare indeed, especially in the modern era when re-election to a third term is no longer allowed. The bonus terms won by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were plagued by scandals, Congressional investigations, and in the latter case impeachment by the House of Representatives. Why have second terms proven so perilous? Do the factors that undermined so many past second-term presidents pose a threat to President Obama as well during the next four years? What can his administration do to overcome this pattern? After offering an historical perspective, Professor Yalof will walk us through both the pitfalls and the opportunities offered by President Barack Obama’s second term in office; Dr. Yalof will then offer some practical suggestions for teaching American politics using this alternative framework.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm “Civic Engagement and the Introductory American Government Classroom”
Presenter: Terri Fine, University of Central Florida
Political science research has long suggested that, as education increases, so too does political participation. At the same time, accessibility of technology resources has also fostered increased participation. Yet why, then, do Millennials, the most plugged-in, best educated generation of human history, participate at such low rates? How can the American government course stem that tide especially when Millennials constitute our core constituency? This session will discuss these trends and approaches used in large and small classes to overcome low participation among Millennials.
5:30 PM Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM Off-site Dinner
Saturday, February 9th
8:00 am - 9:00 am    Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:45 am
"Tapping Into Online Learning"

This session will introduce you to the newest, most intuitive and easy-to-use tool to facilitate online education: MindTap, a personalized, web-based learning platform delivering authoritative Cengage Learning content, assignments, and services that engage your students with interactivity while offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and enhancement of the curriculum via web-apps. 

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:30 am

"Hands-On with MindTap"

In this portion, experience MindTap firsthand: access a live course to see how you can customize the learning path to reflect both common learning outcomes and your own specific course objectives, tailor assignments to complement your syllabus, incorporate additional content through MindApps, and utilize the gradebook to help you identify areas in which students are struggling to master the course
11:30 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch/Wrap Up 
FREE AFTERNOON/EVENING
Sunday, February 10th
Departure (or on Saturday if preferred)
 
 Please note, agenda is subject to change.