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RIT Philosophy Department records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0515

Scope and Contents

Records of the RIT Philosophy Department in the College of Liberal Arts from 1985-2008. Much of the collection is correspondence between Dean of the department and the faculty regarding issues such as creating a major and/or minor for Philosophy, curriculum, and appointments of Professor Emeritus. Other materials discuss teaching loads, enrollment, honors programs, budgets, Middle States review and Hale Chair in Applied Ethics.


  • Creation: 1985-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In 1992 when the records begin, Dr. Jamie Campbell was chairperson of the Philosophy Department and Dr. William Daniels was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Faculty members in the department were: Dr. Timothy Engstrom, Dane Gordon, Dr. John Morreall, Dr. Wade Robison, Dr. John Sanders, and Dr. David Suits. At that time, they were proposing a major in Philosophy to RIT President Albert J. Simone. In 1995, the department suffered the loss of two positions. In 1998, a minor in Philosophy was proposed. In 2000, both Dr. Jamie Campbell and Dane Gordon retired.

Currently, the Department of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a large variety of undergraduate philosophy courses plus graduate courses in Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, and the Philosophy of Vision and Imaging. Beyond our introductory level courses, students may take philosophy as General Education electives or as part of a 3-course immersion, a Minor in Philosophy, or a Major in Philosophy. The Department also develops an annual program of speakers, symposia, and conferences.

The Hale Chair in Applied Ethics is devoted to research and teaching in ethics within and about the professional disciplines. The Chair sponsors the Hale Ethics Series, occasional lectures and conferences throughout the academic year, and helpful material on ethics, including books, videos and links on various aspects of ethics.


2 Box(es) (Document boxes)




Records of the RIT Philosophy Department in the College of Liberal Arts from 1985-2008. The collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, course descriptions, curriculum planning, faculty issues, statistics, Hale Chair history, and conference papers.


Records are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 220

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT Philosophy Department records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

RIT Philosophy Department records were deposited to the RIT Archive Collections in May 2014.

Accession number(s): 2014:029

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in June 2014.

RIT Philosophy Department records
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
11 June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA