Planning Events

Holding events is an important part of most thriving, active chapters. Events don't need to be big or complicated, but they should ideally happen at least a few times a year. Chapter events can bring attention to pressing campus matters, inform chapter members about an issue, introduce the chapter to prospective members, or just provide an opportunity for socializing.

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Aside from the basic chapter business meeting, here are some types of events that our established chapters say work well for them:

  • New faculty reception. Invite all new faculty to meet members of the chapter, find out about its function, and learn why they should get involved.
  • Film screening. Show a film about academic issues, serve food, and follow the showing with a discussion. Some good films to show are Degrees of Shame and For Profit.
  • Lecture or panel discussion. Arrange for chapter leaders, campus leaders, or other expert speakers to talk to your members or other interested members of the university community on protecting academic freedom, the Garcetti decision, intellectual property issues, assessing institutional finances, organizing against contingency, or another topic of interest on your campus.
  • Legislative event. Go as a group to your state capitol to meet legislators, or invite them to visit campus.
  • Back to school or end of year celebration. Picnic, happy hour, softball game, or whatever works for you.
  • Training or workshop. Be a resource and an advocate for faculty. Put together a workshop on professional issues at your campus: how to navigate the tenure system, workplace rights, changes to benefits, third-year reviews, rights and benefits available to part-time faculty, or whatever folks most need to know on your campus.
  • Recognition event. Bring members of the community together to recognize outstanding teachers, to celebrate the year's promotions and retirements, or to appreciate adjunct faculty on your campus. 
  • Do something together as a chapter. Volunteer to work in a soup kitchen, attend a sports game or theater as a group,
  • Table in the student center or other building. Hand out buttons or fliers and speak with students about the pressing issues on your campus.