The APA partners and affiliates with a number of organizations with shared goals and priorities. These organizations are listed below, along with any APA representatives and their terms of service.
The American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.
The AAAS seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." To fulfill this mission, the AAAS Board has set the following broad goals: enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public; promote and defend the integrity of science and its use; strengthen support for the science and technology enterprise; provide a voice for science on societal issues; promote the responsible use of science in public policy; strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce; foster education in science and technology for everyone; increase public engagement with science and technology; and advance international cooperation in science.
Representative to the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science
Robert T. Pennock, Michigan State University
Representative to the Committee on Neuroscience
Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College
Representatives to the Coalition on Science and Human Rights
J. Britt Holbrook, University of North Texas / Georgia Institute of Technology
Douglass MacLean, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The purposes for which the AAPT was formed are to promote and improve the quality of instruction in philosophy at all educational levels; to encourage research, experimentation, and investigation in the teaching of philosophy; to facilitate professional cooperation of the members; to hold public discussions and programs about the teaching of philosophy; to make available to teachers information concerning the selection, organization, and presentation of philosophical material; to sponsor the publication of desirable articles and reports; and to support and cooperate with individuals or organizations concerned with the improvement of instruction in philosophy.
The president of the AAPT serves on the APA's committee on the teaching of philosophy in an ex officio capacity.
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS's work. Other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations.
Henry Richardson, Georgetown University
January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.
Organized in 1997, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) is a group of higher education associations, disciplinary associations, and faculty organizations committed to addressing issues associated with deteriorating faculty working conditions and their effect on college and university students in the United States.
FISP is the highest non-governmental world organization for philosophy, established in 1948. Its main objectives are to contribute directly to the development of professional relations between philosophers of all countries, freely and with mutual respect; to foster contacts between institutions, societies and periodical publications dedicated to philosophy; to collect documentation useful for the development of philosophical studies; to sponsor every five years a World Congress; to promote philosophical education; to prepare publications of global interest; and to contribute to the impact of philosophical knowledge on global problems.
The most recent World Congress was held in 2013 in Athens, Greece. The next will be held in 2018 in Beijing, China.
Steering Committee Members*
David Schrader, American Philosophical Association (former executive director)
Ernest Lepore, Rutgers University
August 2018 – August 2023
* Members of the FISP steering committee represent their home nations, not their professional associations. However, FISP steering committee members from the US work closely with the APA and are normally nominated by the APA.
The mission of the National Humanities Alliance is to advance the cause of the humanities by promoting the common interests of its members with regard to national policy, programs, and legislation that impact work in the humanities. NHA works to achieve its objectives by educating and informing constituents regularly throughout the year on funding, legislation and other issues; providing a forum for the discussion of policy issues among constituents; representing constituents at the national and federal levels; and mobilizing constituents for grassroots advocacy. More on NHA advocacy.
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) advocates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy. PLATO promotes philosophy classes for all K-12 students, including those in classrooms least likely to have access to academic enrichment programs. Bringing together the education and philosophy communities, PLATO celebrates diversity within the philosophy classroom and endorses a wide variety of philosophical approaches and methods.
PLATO was conceived and founded in part by members of the APA's committee on pre-college instruction in philosophy.
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a U.S.-based international network of academic institutions organized to support and defend the principles of academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars around the world. SAR advocates on behalf of academics, writers, artists, and other intellectuals who are threatened in their home countries and arranges for positions of sanctuary at universities and colleges in the network for intellectuals fleeing persecution and violence.