Renee B. Van Vechten University of Redlands
Renée Bukovchik Van Vechten is a professor of political science at the University of Redlands. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of San Diego and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Van Vechten’s political science research examines legislative processes and behavior, including the impacts of political reforms such as term limits. In addition to teaching about California politics, her courses concentrate on American institutions such as Congress, as well as the politics of food, the environment, and reform. Her expertise on state-level politics and policy is evident in her textbook, California Politics: A Primer, and her scholarship on pedagogy and instructional practices has extended to curricular planning, research methods, online discussion forums, simulations, and internships. Van Vechten is an executive board member for Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. She has served on the APSA Council and Executive Board as chair of the Teaching and Learning Policy Committee, and as chair of the APSA Political Science Education organized member section. She has thrice been a track moderator for the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, and was a founding co-chair for the first TLC at APSA in 2018. Service to APSA includes membership on awards committees, the Presidential Task Force on Technology (2015–2016) that helped establish APSA’s online teaching library, EDUCATE, and the working group, “Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major.” Van Vechten is also active in the Western Political Science Association, having co-chaired a conference-within-a-conference on teaching and learning several times. She has received several teaching awards, including the Rowman and Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science (via APSA) in 2008, APSA’s only national teaching award at that time. A resident of San Diego County, she is frequently consulted by local media for commentary about state and national politics.