The Philosophy Department Climate Page
The Philosophy Department at the University of Notre Dame aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive community in which students, staff, and faculty members feel welcome and supported independently of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or national origin. We are especially concerned with ensuring that members of those groups traditionally under-represented in philosophy find our department a welcoming place.
The Department’s Climate Committee is a body of faculty members and graduate students whose role is to oversee and coordinate issues having to do with inclusiveness in the department, and to work towards the establishment and maintenance of a good climate for all. The Committee is especially concerned with ways in which the department is a welcoming one for members of groups traditionally under-represented in philosophy. To that end, the Committee organizes events designed to foster inclusiveness, and formulates policy recommendations to the Chair, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Director of Graduate Studies as appropriate regarding issues of inclusiveness.
For questions about the Climate Committee, for suggestions of activities or issues related to climate, and for concerns about any related issues, please contact the Climate Committee Chair.
Membership: The Climate Committee includes faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Philosophy. The faculty members include the Department Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, a Climate Committee Chair appointed by the Department Chair, and (typically) one further faculty member appointed by the Climate Committee Chair. The student members of the committee, typically three in number, serve one-year terms, and are appointed by the Climate Committee Chair in consultation with the previous year’s Climate Committee. Students interested in serving on the Climate Committee should contact the Climate Committee Chair by April 15 of the year prior to the year in which they might like to serve.
Climate Committee Members 2016-17:
Patricia Blanchette (chair)
Minutes of Climate Committee Meetings
Recent and Upcoming Climate-Related Events in the Notre Dame Philosophy Department
- September 2016: Panel Discussion on Diversifying the Syllabus
- November 6, 2015: Sally Haslanger lecture
- Spring 2016: Elizabeth Barnes lecture
- October 15, 2014: Gender-Bias Workshop. Contact: Jim Sterba
- February 13, 2015: Alison Jagger lecture.
- August 26: All-Day Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students on Climate in the Department, led by Dr. Susan Marine http://www.merrimack.edu/academics/education/faculty-staff/susan-marine.php
- November 4: Pizza & Conversation directed especially towards female undergraduate Philosophy majors, and including students and faculty members from the Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Philosophy Departments.
- November 13: Open Q&A with Professor Laurie Paul http://philosophy.unc.edu/people/faculty/laurie-a.-paul
(UNC Chapel Hill) on the “Climate for Women in Philosophy,” sponsored by the Center for the Philosophy of Religion.
- November 14: Workshop on Implicit Bias, led by Fran Sepler http://www.sepler.com/about.html
- January 24 Lecture: “Stop Talking (so much) about ‘Sexual Harassment’” by Professor Jennifer Saul,
University of Sheffield, followed by dinner and Q&A with Professor Saul on issues of inclusiveness in the profession. Sponsored by the Center for the Philosophy of Religion.
- The Climate Committee was formed in 2012-13.
- In May, a group of faculty members and students travel to Dayton, Ohio to participate in the APA Diversity Conference http://www.apaonlinecsw.org/diversity-in-philosophy-conference
- In January 2013, the department conducted a Climate Survey of all graduate students, as a means of assessing the climate-related strengths and weaknesses of our program.
Climate Reading Group
The Philosophy Department maintains a Climate Reading Group, open to any department members who want to attend. The group meets occasionally, discussing readings of climate-related material. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, contact Patricia Blanchette.
Summer 2014 Reading: Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?, Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins (eds), Oxford University Press 2013
- Haslanger, Sally: "Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)," http://www.mit.edu/~shaslang/papers/HaslangerCICP.pdf
- Antony, Louise: “Different Voices or Perfect Storm: Why are there So Few Women in Philosophy?" Journal of Social Philosophy Vol 43, Issue 3 (Sept 2012) pp 227-255
- Saul, Jennifer: "Ranking Exercises in Philosophy and Implicit Bias" Journal of Social Philosophy Vol 43, Issue 3 (Sept 2012)pp 256-273
Resources at Notre Dame:
For concerns about any form of discrimination at Notre Dame, for consultation about options for acting on your concerns, and for information about relevant Notre Dame policies and procedures, please contact:Anita Kelly, Professor of PsychologySexual Harassment Ombudsperson, University of Notre Dame--- OR ---Dwight King, Law School LibrarianDiscriminatory Harassment Ombudsperson2303 Biolchini Hall
- ND’s Office of Institutional Equity http://equity.nd.edu/
- This is the place to look for Notre Dame resources regarding its nondiscrimination and diversity policies, and resources regarding sexual and discriminatory harassment.
- ND’s Family and Medical Leave policy (for Exempt and Non-Exempt Staff) http://hr.nd.edu/nd-faculty-staff/forms-policies/family-and-medical-leave-fmla/
- ND Graduate School’s Childbirth and Adoption Accommodation Policy: http://graduateschool.nd.edu/assets/40607/family_accommodation_policy.pdf
- ND’s International Student Services http://international.nd.edu/international-student-services/
External Programs and Workshops for Students:
- Munich summer program for women in logic and philosophy of math: http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/mathsummer2014/index.html
- UC San Diego summer program for women undergraduates: http://spwp.ucsd.edu/
- Princeton Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy: http://uchv.princeton.edu/workshops/mentorship.php
- Penn State workshop for Prospective Graduate Students in Underrepresented Groups: http://philosophy.la.psu.edu/graduate/cusp
Other Helpful Climate-Related Links and Resources
- APA Committee on the Status of Women http://www.apaonlinecsw.org/home
- APA Report on Minorities in Philosophy: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.apaonline.org/resource/resmgr/Data_on_Profession/Minorities_in_Philosophy.pdf
- APA Report on Women in Philosophy: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.apaonline.org/resource/resmgr/Data_on_Profession/Women_in_Philosophy.pdf
- Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research:
- Report on Dual Careers:
- Videos on Dual-Career Academic Couples:
- Report on Dual Careers:
- Society for Women in Philosophy:
- Rutgers University’s Philosophy Department Climate Page:
(This site contains long list of helpful resources and links).
- Feminist Philosophers Blog:
- Feminist Philosophers Blog:
- Success for Women in Engineering: https://uwaterloo.ca/stories/small-changes-produce-dramatic-results-women-engineering
- Gender and Tenure: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/18/study-raises-questions-about-why-women-are-less-likely-men-earn-tenure-research