Prompted by his own university initiating a “program analysis and alignment” process—the results of which will be that each program/department will be flagged for “enhancement,” “maintenance,” “reduction/reorganization,” or “sunsetting”—a philosopher contacted me with the idea of creating space at Daily Nous that could serve as a place for:
- collecting information about the types of potential threats to philosophy departments, programs, and faculty,
- identifying the institutions at which these potential threats are taking place,
- strategizing about ways to survive threats and successfully make it through program reviews,
- collaborating on the finding or creating of useful resources,
- brainstorming about how to pro-actively position departments and programs so that they are relatively safe from threat,
- commiserating about these challenges.
I think this is a good idea.
We’ll start with this post, and if there is sufficient interest and activity, I may create a separate page at the site, perhaps supplemented with a publicly-accessible spreadsheet of information. For now, please use the comments on this post for discussion of the items bullet-pointed above, as well as related topics.
(Please note: I’m aware that some people believe that some philosophy departments, programs, courses, and jobs should be eliminated; this post is not the place to advance or discuss that view.)
Related links: APA Creates “Department Advocacy Toolkit”. What Kinds of Universities Lack Philosophy Departments? Some Data. Protecting Philosophy from Budget Cuts. A Philosophy Department’s Impressive Fight For Survival. Value of Philosophy Pages.