Philosophy Planning Forum

Background and Submissions

15 May 2009

Seminar Room 104, Coombs Extension Building


The purpose of the Philosophy Planning Forum will be to:

  • Set the priorities for development of the discipline in the next three to five year period, and in particular identify those areas on which the discipline should focus to ensure its continuing research excellence and leadership, nationally and internationally;
  • Consider the areas of current and potential excellence in the teaching, higher degree research supervision and research of the discipline;
  • Determine how to position the discipline to be distinctive nationally;
  • Recommend ways by which our education programs can be further developed within the discipline, including by collaborative teaching across the College, to take advantage of our research expertise;
  • Develop proposals for postgraduate course work programs that will position the College as a leader in postgraduate education nationally;
  • Recommend strategies for further enhancing research collaboration;
  • Identify the staffing and other resources needed to achieve these goals.

Recommendations that emerge from the forums will be considered by the College Executive, with the College Dean responsible for their incorporation into our Strategic Plan.

Written submissions should be received no later than Friday 1 May 2009. The submissions should be no more than 2 pages and focus on the following matters relative to the context outlined above –

  • Research excellence and critical mass
  • College collaborations
  • Planning for growth

Submissions should be sent electronically to

The Philosophy Planning Forum will commence with an open discussion on Friday 15 May 2009. Staff are welcome to take the opportunity to put their views to the CASS Forum and external advisor either in writing or on the day of the open discussion.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP your attendance to

Program - 15 May 2009

Chair: Professor Matthew Spriggs

External Moderator: Professor Garrett Cullity, University of Adelaide

Time Topic Presenter/Chair
9:30 am

Coffee on arrival

Professor Matthew Spriggs, Chair
9:45am–10:00am Welcome by the Dean — The ANU context Professor Toni Makkai
10.00–10.25 am Education issues
Research imperatives

Professor Joan Beaumont, Director, Faculty of Arts and Chair, CASS Education Committee
Professor David Marsh, Director, RSSS and Chair, CASS Research Committee

10.25–11.05am Current activity profile and future directions of Philosophy at ANU, in terms of research and education, and within the context of the College.

Dr Fiona Jenkins, Head of Discipline, Faculty of Arts

Professor Daniel Stoljar, RSSS

Professor Seumas Miller, CAPPE

11.05–11.25 am Coffee/tea break  

Planning for growth

General discussion

Professor Matthew Spriggs, Chair
1.15 –1.30pm Moderator's comments Professor Garrett Cullity, University of Adelaide
1.30pm Lunch  
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