APA Creates “Department Advocacy Toolkit”


The American Philosophical Association (APA) has produced a “Department Advocacy Toolkit” to “provide strategies that may be useful to [philosophy] programs that are at risk, programs hoping to insulate themselves against future risk, and programs aiming to strengthen and/or expand.”

The Toolkit, available here, was created by a team from the APA’s Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession led by Sally Scholz (Villanova).

It includes advice on a variety of elements that contribute to the survival and flourishing of philosophy departments, including undergraduate admissions, the skills and competencies acquired through the study of philosophy, giving opportunities to students to serve as “ambassadors” for the philosophy programs, the interdisciplinary potential of philosophy, fund raising, and more.

You can learn more about the toolkit (and view some philosophy promotional materials) here.

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