The OpEd Project Workshop
Summer 2023 Participation Sponsored by the ACS

Thanks to the ACS's support, the 29 people below from across ACS campuses will be participating!  

Centre College

Davidson College

Hendrix College

Millsaps College

Rhodes College

Rollins College

Sewanee: The University of the South

University of Richmond

Watch The OpEd Project's introductory video.

About the "Write to Change the World" Workshop

The OpEd Project's “Write to Change the World” workshop will help participants frame their expertise as they write for public audiences and, according to their mission, “change who writes history.”  This workshop will 

explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being 'right' and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to our national network of journalist mentors for individual follow up. Our workshops are also designed to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of social responsibility by clarifying our potential impact on the world. 

See the available dates below, and read more about workshop and The OpEd Project here.

"After I took this workshop in the fall—on the recommendation of an anthropology colleague—I approached the ACS to sponsor some faculty participants for two reasons. First, the content was much more than 'how to write an op-ed':  it also helped me think in new ways about what and how I want to contribute to public conversations.  Next, in terms of facilitation or workshop 'pedagogy, it was the single best virtual workshop I've ever attended."  

--Nancy Chick (Director of Faculty Development, Rollins College), who's coordinating this program through the ACS

"One of the primary purposes of higher education is to develop the next generation of citizens who will change the world. Op-eds are one powerful means for faculty to show how academic knowledge can be used to better understand, frame, and inform public discourse concerning the most pressing issues of our times."

--Derek Miller (Assistant Director of Community Relationships and Community-Engaged Learning, University of Richmond), who's facilitating the program's August 16 debrief 

How Does the ACS's Sponsorship Work?

There are four simple steps:

Selected faculty be notified no later than April 21.  

The OpEd Project's workshop is regularly $450/participant. Thanks to the ACS's sponsorship, selected faculty will participate for free!

See available dates below.  In the workshop, each faculty member will work alongside other participants from across the country, allowing them to test their ideas with highly motivated and inspiring people from all walks of life.  

On Wed, August 16, from 10-11:30am EDT (9-10:30am CDT), all ACS-sponsored participants will gather via Zoom to share their op-eds and publication plans, highlight lessons learned, and brainstorm strategies for sharing what they learned with their campus colleagues and students.  Derek Miller (Community Relationships and Community-Engaged Learning, University of Richmond) will facilitate this session.

How to Apply

ACS faculty from all disciplines and research areas are invited to apply using this simple form. (The application portal is closed.)  The application asks you to

If accepted, you will get an ACS code to register with the OpEd Project, so your date selections here are just to give us a sense of the distribution of ACS participants.

Applications were due April 14. We are no longer accepting applications.
Selected participants will be informed no later than April 21.

Available Workshop Dates

Selected faculty will choose and register for one of the following two-day intensives OR the four-part series.  

Two-Day Intensive Workshop (Two 3.5-Hour Sessions)

Four-Part Series Workshop (Four 2-Hour Sessions)

Questions? Contact Nancy Chick (Rollins College,,
who participated in a "Write to Change the World" workshop in the fall and is coordinating this ACS-sponsored summer program.