Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Louisiana State University
August 24, 2011
Strategic Plan also available for pdf download
The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is 1) to preserve and effectively transmit to undergraduate and graduate students knowledge about the philosophies and religions that have shaped and continue to shape the history and cultures of the world; 2) to develop in our students the ability to read, to understand, and to think critically and synthetically; 3) to generate new knowledge and deeper understanding of philosophical and religious matters as a contribution to knowledge in these disciplines; and 4) to make professional expertise in philosophy and religious studies available to meet the needs of the larger community in appropriate ways.
The vision of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is to be a community of teacher-scholars of the highest caliber who work together effectively to accomplish the mission of the department.
- Discovery: promoting a climate conducive to generating high-quality scholarly contributions in the faculty's respective areas of expertise.
- Learning: inspiring students to be passionate about learning and intellectually self-reliant.
- Diversity: fostering cultural and intellectual diversity within the department.
- Engagement: encouraging service to the university, the profession, and the community.
- Discovery: to increase the department’s publication rate from an average of 1.31 articles1 per faculty member per year over a five-year period (2006-2010) to an average of 1.5 articles per faculty member per year over a five-year period (2011-2016).
- Number of publications by faculty
- Encourage faculty to apply for research grants to increase time spent on research
- Supply travel money for presenting research at conferences
- Conduct an annual review of faculty with respect to research and publication
- Discovery: to increase the number of research grants obtained, specifically to increase the number of NEH research grants from one over a five-year period (2006-2010) to at least two over the next five-year period (2011-16)
- Number of NEH research grants obtained by faculty
- Encourage faculty to apply for NEH research grants
- Supply peer review of grant proposals
- Learning: To increase the number of students graduating with a major in philosophy or religious studies from an average of 33 per year over a five-year period (2006-2010) to an average of 40 per year over the next five-year period (2011-16)
- Number of undergraduate majors graduating per year
- Gain majors by encouraging students in current classes to take other courses offered by the department
- Retain majors by requiring mandatory advising for majors and concentrators
- Diversity: To increase the number of women faculty from four to five by 2016
- Number of women faculty in the department
- Pay attention to issues of diversity in future hires
1Here the term "article" refers to either a journal article or a chapter in an edited volume. As in the 2010 NRC survey, a book (whether single-authored, co-authored, or edited) will count as five "articles"