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Department Advocacy Toolkit
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Department Advocacy ToolkitThe American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce our Department Advocacy Toolkit, which was drafted by the committee on the status and future of the profession under the leadership of Sally Scholz.

Motivated by our belief in the value of philosophy, the Department Advocacy Toolkit is intended to provide strategies that may be useful to programs that are at risk, programs hoping to insulate themselves against future risk, and programs aiming to strengthen and/or expand. These ideas have been selected from across different types of institutions and departments. It is up to the faculty members within a department to decide which ideas will be most effective at their institution and in their department.

See the bottom of this page for the toolkit table of contents.

Download the Department Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)

Print-Ready Fliers

We've also created fliers to go along with the toolkit to help departments with outreach to prospective students and other members of their campus communities.

The "Why Study Philosophy?" flier offers key information about the value of philosophy. Departments can print the flier and distribute it to key offices on their campuses, such as admissions, advising, internship, and career services offices. The flier is a single sheet, so it can be printed single-sided as is, or with a reverse side providing program-specific information.

Download our "Why Study Philosophy?" flier (PDF)

Departments should also consider printing and posting our "Who Studies Philosophy?" poster series, which features well-known figures who hold philosophy degrees, along with quotes about the importance of philosophy to them. Also see our "Who Studies Philosophy?" page, with dozens of public figures who studied philosophy.

Download our "Who Studies Philosophy?" poster series (PDF)

Toolkit Table of Contents

  • Admissions
  • Advertising
  • Advising
  • Alumni
  • Career Centers
  • Core Requirements
  • Courses and Curricula
  • Data
  • Development
  • Diversity
  • Double Major
  • Elimination or Reduction of Department or Program
  • Engagement on Campus
  • Faculty Governance
  • Funding
  • Innovation
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Internship Offices
  • Location on Campus
  • Marketing Philosophy
  • Merchandise
  • National Involvement
  • Networking
  • Parents of (Prospective) Students
  • Prizes
  • Programming
  • Public Engagement
  • Recruiting
  • Research and Publishing
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Research Assistants and Tutors
  • Social Gatherings
  • Social Media
  • Standardized Tests
  • Students as Ambassadors
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Community Support
  • Value of Philosophy

Other Resources

You may also find the following resources useful in your advocacy efforts:

The toolkits below were developed for other humanities programs, but some recommendations may apply across disciplines.

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