APA logoAPA at WMU Night at the kalamazoo growlers

Join other APA members and WMU alumni for a night of baseball fun at the Kalamazoo Growlers game on Thursday, July 25 at Homer Stryker Field. The first 400 fans to purchase a ticket through the WMU Night promo will received a free WMU-themed Growlers hat. A pre-game tailgate party will begin about 6 p.m. and the game begins at 7:05 p.m. Tickets.

The Administrative Professional Association at Western Michigan University is an organization committed to advocating for the interests and concerns of its members categorized as salaried/exempt status in the WMU staff compensation system. The APA carries out its mission via a volunteer, elected executive board—supported by more than 250 APA members—who regularly meet and communicate with WMU's administration, other employees, and students to achieve mutually beneficial goals. The APA is committed to fostering professional development, recognition, and advancement of its members, and to develop positive relationships within the APA and with the University community through professional and social functions. Membership is optional via a modest annual fee. Learn more in our application brochure.

Active membership

Active membership in the association

      • Join perpetually for $12 per year via payroll deduction
      • Join for one year at $15 via payroll deduction
      • Join for one year at $15 with a check

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engagement and professional development Opportunities

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The APA executive board welcomes and encourages the active participation of all members. Indicate your interest in becoming more active in APA via the interest form below. 

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Coffee and Connections

Enjoy a complimentary beverage and learn more about the APA from active members at a casual meeting in a WMU Cafe. Dates and registration.

Lunch and Learn

Bring your lunch and join us for a quarterly presentation by an APA member with expertise in a particular area. Suggestions for presenters welcome through the Contact Us form—see menu at left.

  • JUNE 10—Student Assessment. Noon, Rooms 157-158, Bernhard Center. Presented by Ciji Heiserdirector of assessment and effectiveness. This presentation will focus on an overview of the assessment cycle and will include exercises on how to write and measure learning outcomes. This session will also help audience members decide between multiple assessment tools to best meet their needs and measure their learning outcomes. 
     VIEW PRESENTATION

General membership meetings

APA general membership meetings are open to any WMU employee interested in attending; membership is limited to WMU salaried exempt employees.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019—the APA's most recent general meeting included the APA Annual Awards and a visit from President Montgomery to provide an update on University news and addressing APA concerns. VIDEO of the meeting presentations.
    Click on the button below to view APA/PSSO recommendations to WMU senior leadership based on the 2017 joint employee survey. 
     APA/PSSO recommendations

Social gatherings 

APA social gatherings are open to members and their guests. Invitations are extended via email. Gatherings held in recent years include an annual holiday party, bowling night, and a group tour and pizza night at the College of Aviation.

Executive board meetings

Board meetings are held monthly throughout the academic year. Attendance is limited to board members. Meeting minutes are posted for member review on the website as soon as possible after each meeting..

  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Wednesday, July 10

STAFF ENGAGEMENT SURVEY 

The executive boards of WMU’s Administrative Professional Association and Professional Support Staff Organization periodically solicit input from employees through a survey open to salaried and hourly exempt status employees. The last survey was conducted in 2017 and a preliminary report was published and disseminated to membership of both organizations and WMU senior leadership. Survey results are guiding the efforts of both organizations to advocate on behalf of their membership and other WMU employees.

 Preliminary report (April 25, 2018) 

APA STATEMENT OF SUPPORT

The Administrative Professional Association acknowledges WMU's broad definition of diversity approved by the WMU Board of Trustees in 2006 in the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan. APA stands in support of the Western Student Association and its Statement of Solidarity, believe in the leadership of our students, and greatly value the diversity of our community. APA stands in support of the WMU-AAUP Resolution in Solidarity with Western Michigan University Students issued by the WMU chapter of the Association of American University Professors. APA is committed to assuring that our community members feel included, accepted, respected, and empowered, (see DMAP, page 8) in an institution where diversity is practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued, (DMAP, page 9).