Fonds F-15 - Department of Philosophy fonds

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Department of Philosophy fonds

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  • Sound recordings
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  • 1963 - 1989 (Creation)
    Department of Philosophy

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2.57 m of textual records
21 sound recordings: 33 audio cassettes, 4 audio reels

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(1965 - )

Administrative history

The Department of Philosophy was established by the Board of Governors in 1965 as one of the original Departments in the Faculty of Arts. The Department was responsible, through its Head, for the promotion of research and the development and delivery of programs in the discipline of Philosophy. Throughout its existence, the Department has had as its focus Western thought with a predominant analytic orientation. In keeping with the interdisciplinary approach of the University, the Department has been involved with the Cognitive Science and Humanities programs. A M.A. program was added in January 1967. The Department also had an informal liaison with the Ph.D. program at U.B.C., which in 1993 was formalized in the creation of a joint program.

Like other SFU departments, the Department of Philosophy was organized into a Head (renamed Chair in 1972) and departmental committees. The Chair was the chief administrative officer responsible for oversight of the operational budget; faculty tenure, promotion and salary recommendations; teaching assignments; and representation of the Department to external bodies. While the Chair had overall responsibility to the Department and the Dean of Arts for the efficient operation of the Department, most decisions were made at the committee level with major issues being referred to departmental meetings for decision. The Departmental Assistant was responsible for much of the day-to-day administration of the Department, which included the management of the departmental budget, the scheduling of courses, the provision of liaison with administrative offices, and advising students.

The number and composition of departmental committees varied little over time. In 1969, there were seven standing committees: Curriculum Review; Departmental Tenure; Faculty Search and Screening; Graduate Studies; Library; Undergraduate Studies; and Visiting Speakers. In 1994, there were also seven committees, with the main change being the creation of a Discipline Committee, and the movement of responsibility for graduate and honours admissions to the Committee of the Whole. Ad hoc committees were also formed when needed, such as in the case of the search for a new Chair.

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The fonds of the Department of Philosophy consists of records created and received in the course of the administration of the department and the carrying out of its functions of providing instruction and promoting research. The activities documented include policy and procedures development; the planning, initiation and administration of curriculum and programs; departmental and faculty meetings; faculty salary, appointment, promotion and tenure deliberations; departmental reviews; and the publication of journals and reports. The types of documents include meeting agenda, annual reports, correspondence, course outlines and examinations, faculty files, memoranda, minutes of meetings, and reports.

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The records were transferred in a number of accessions from the Department between the early 1980s and 1999.


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Some access restrictions apply in accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. Consult the appropriate series level description and the archivist.

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Consult the inventory of the Faculty of Arts fonds, F-2.

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All accessions have been processed as of June 2004. Further accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared by Bruce Schinkelwitz, Ian Forsyth, Enid Britt, Kadimola Lomamba, Carla Wilson (October 1997); accruals processed and description revised (June 2004); item reference codes converted to new system and affected series descriptions updated (August 2012).

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