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Teachers of Government

Teachers of Government Program

Due to restrictions made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Riley Institute Teachers of Government program in Washington, DC set for July 17th to 24th, has been cancelled. Applications for the 2021 program Teachers of Government program will be made available early next year.

The Richard W. Riley Summer Institute for Teachers of Government is a week-long summer institute for middle and high school school teachers of government. 

Participants spend a day on Furman's campus participating in seminars on government and politics and a week in Washington, D.C. where they meet with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. Furman political science professors lead the participants through Washington and engage the group in evening discussions and seminars on relevant readings and political topics. The combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers is designed to increase the knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.

Coordinated by Furman professor of Politics and International Affairs Dr. Elizabeth S. Smith, this program is free of charge for those accepted and it operates each summer. Participants are eligible to receive Graduate Professional Development credit from Furman by paying a minimal tuition per credit hour. Dr. Elizabeth Smith can be contacted either by telephone at 864.294.3674 or by email at