Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Louisiana State University
November 16, 2015
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, systematically, 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: To maintain a publication rate of 2.0 articles1 per faculty member per year over a five-year period (2016-2020), consistent with the average publication rate of the PhD- granting departments of philosophy and PhD-granting departments of religious studies that were surveyed in the 2010 National Research Council report
Learning: To increase by 10% the number of students majoring in philosophy or religious studies, from an average of 106 per year over a five-year period (2010-2015) to an average of 117 per year over the next five-year period (2016-2020)
Diversity: To increase by two the number of women professorial faculty, from five at the end of spring 2016 to seven by the end of 2020
Engagement: To increase the number of service-learning courses offered by the Department, from one in a five-year period (2011-2015) to two in the next five-year period (2016-2020)
1 Here 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."