Offering your expertise and experience to the AP Program can be both professionally and personally rewarding.
You can become involved today. Here are some options:
AP Higher Ed Visiting Fellows Programs
Since 2019, hundreds of faculty from highly selective institutions, public flagships, and other colleges and universities across the U.S. have provided input on the AP Exam and on the AP course and exam design process through the AP Higher Education Visiting Fellows Program. This program engages faculty consultants through two pathways:
Virtual Fellows in Assessment
Higher education faculty review an AP Exam in their area of expertise and provide feedback on the alignment between the AP Exam and assessments for the equivalent course offered at their institution.
Visiting Fellows in Course and Exam Design
A higher education faculty member in each participating subject observes the cycle of AP Exam development over the course of an academic year. Typically, the fellow participates in meetings of the AP development committee in their subject and then provides suggestions on how to ensure the AP course and exam remains current with disciplinary expectations, as well as about best practices for teacher professional development.
Past Visiting Fellows in Course and Exam Design include:
- AP Calculus: Oscar Fernandez, Wellesley College, and Anisah Nu’man, Spelman College
- AP Chemistry: Julia Miwa, Wellesley College, and William Alba, Carnegie Mellon University
- AP Computer Science A: Beth Simon, University of California San Diego, and Kevin Wayne, Princeton University
- AP English Literature: David Faulkner, Cornell University, and Domino Perez, University of Texas at Austin
- AP German Language: James Rankin, Princeton University, and Margaret Gonglewski, George Washington University
- AP Music Theory: Elizabeth Ozment, University of Virginia, and Susan Piagentini, Northwestern
- AP Physics C: Stefan Jeglinksi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- AP Seminar: Denise Comer, Duke University, and Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas at Austin
- AP Spanish Language: Johanna Liander, Harvard University, and Jabier Elorietta, New York University
- AP U.S. Government and Politics: Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University, and Terri Bimes, University of California, Berkeley
Become an AP Reader
Each June, college and university faculty and AP teachers from around the world gather for the annual AP Reading to score the free-response portion of AP Exams.
According to a recent survey:
- 98% of readers who participate in the AP Reading have a positive experience
- Over 72% of returning Higher Ed AP readers have actually made changes to the way they teach or score work as a direct result of their participation in the AP Reading
Opportunities exist to score on-site, as well from a person’s home or office in some subjects. Learn more about becoming an AP reader.
Serve as a Subject Matter Expert
Higher education faculty are critical to the development and oversight of AP courses and assessments. There are multiple ways to contribute to the development and review of AP, as well as to advise College Board on the delivery and messaging of its programs.
- Serve on an AP Development Committee: Ensure that the AP curricula and exams meet the expectations of higher education institutions offering comparable college courses.
- Become an AP Consultant: Train teachers at annual summer professional learning events on the expectations higher education has for their students and give valuable insights and perspectives.
- Serve on Short-Term Advisory Boards for the AP Program: Help advise College Board on current directions in your discipline and on college-level expectations for students in your field. For more information on these weekend-long events, please email us at [email protected] with a copy of your curriculum vitae.
- Administer a sample AP Exam to your students for comparability: Help align AP Exams to comparable college courses by administering a section of an AP Exam to your students. The results are compared to the students’ final course grades and used to define the knowledge and skills required to earn scores on the AP Exam. Email us at [email protected] for more information.