Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Main Office: 1017 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Graduate Student Handbook
Revision: April 2004
Table of Contents
B. Distribution of Studies Requirements
C. Logic Requirement
D. Language Requirement
E. Comprehensive Requirement
2. Research Papers
G. Teaching Requirement
H. Dissertation Requirement
3. Admis Committee
3. Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy
4. Annual Meeting of Dissertation Committee
5. Statute of Limitations
7. Final Oral Examination
8. Dissertation Documents 9. Graduation
B. Departmental Teaching Practicum
C. M.A. Thesis Research
D. Independent Study Courses
E. Directed Study
F. Prospectus Research
G. Dissertation Research
I. Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit
B. Advanced Credit
C. Departmental Resources
D. Course Load
E. Part Time Study
F. Courses in Other Departments
G. Academic Integrity
J. Department Evaluations
K. Leaves of Absence
M. Privacy Act
D. Promotion from TA to TF
IX. Other items
B. Funds for Graduate Student Research and Travel
This booklet is a compendium of Departmental policy concerning graduate students. It embodies the rules and regulations of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and, as such, stands until amended by Departmental action.
Students are also responsible for complying with all requirements set forth in the University of Pittsburgh's The Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Graduate Programs Bulletin.
The University of Pittsburgh operates on the trimester system. The Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-April) terms are when most courses are given. HPS typically offers no graduate courses in the summer. Graduate courses are numbered 2000 and above. Undergraduate courses at a low level are numbered 0001-0999. Undergraduate courses at a higher level are numbered 1000-1999.
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I. Graduate programs - general requirements:
The core of the graduate degree program is a series of seminars (approximately 4-6 are offered each term). These range from general surveys of the field and methods of research to specialized research on selected topics in history and philosophy of science. These courses are divided into three areas:
Area 2: History of Science.
Area 3: Philosophy of Science.
The program leading to the Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science is designed as a five-year program; however, some students have taken longer. The first two years are given over chiefly to seminar work. Students must fulfill comprehensive requirements as outlined in Section III.E. Upon successful completion of distribution requirements, the logic requirement, language requirements, comprehensives, and upon approval of a suitable thesis topic and successful prospectus defense, they will begin work on their doctoral dissertation. Students making good progress toward a degree can expect five years of support, within limits of the Departmental budget.
Students who have completed or who are nearing completion of the program can expect Departmental assistance in their efforts to obtain jobs, provided that a first draft of the entire dissertation has been approved. The Department will do all that is reasonably possible to place those students. Students seeking Departmental placement assistance must abide by the Departmental placement rules.
II. M.A. degree requirements:
A. Distribution-of-Studies Requirement:
2. Fifteen hours from Areas 2 and 3, with at least six hours in each area.
B. Language Requirement: Good reading knowledge of either French, German, Latin, Greek, or approved substitute language. (Language acquisition courses cannot count toward the degree.) Proficiency is to be demonstrated according to III.D.
C. Research Paper Requirement: Students must submit a research paper in the history of science and a research paper in the philosophy of science. Evaluations of papers will be limited to a master's pass-fail. A master's pass on both papers is required for the M.A. degree. (See specifics in Section III.E.)
D. Course Credit Requirement: A minimum of 24 credit hours. No more than two (non-HPS) 1000-level courses (6 hours total) may count towards the M.A. degree. (No pre-1000 level courses can be used to satisfy the degree requirements. No HPS courses at the 1000-level can count.)
III Ph.D. degree requirements:
A. M.A. Equivalent: M.A. degree in History and Philosophy of Science or completion of M.A. requirements (II).
B. Further Distribution-of-Studies Requirements: At least nine hours at the 1000- or 2000-level, in one of the following (a maximum two 1000-level, including the two for the M.A.):
2. history, exclusive of history of science.
3. a field of natural science, social science, mathematics or computer science (courses taken towards the M.A. degree may be counted toward the requirement for the Ph.D.).
D. Language Requirement: Good reading knowledge of two foreign languages (Latin, Greek, German, French, or approved substitute), or of one foreign language and proficiency in logic equivalent to Philosophy 1520 or Philosophy 2500 ('B' pass or better in either) or an approved (by petition) alternative formal skill that has similarly general application in science or philosophy (e.g. proficiency in a computer language). Students concentrating in history of science must satisfy the language requirement with two foreign languages. One foreign language exam must be passed before the student completes the comprehensive requirements. The second language exam must be passed before the student's prospectus examination.
The language requirements can be satisfied in several ways:
2. Passing the sequence of courses German 021 and German 022 (German Reading) with a grade of B or better in each course.
3. Passing an examination of the following general type:
b. The examination will be graded on a pass-fail basis, and the major consideration will be comprehension rather than ability to produce a strictly literal translation.
c. A student who fails the examination may take it as often as s/he chooses, unless terminated for other reasons. When possible, examiners will be rotated. The language requirement must be completed before the prospectus exam.
E. Comprehensive Requirement: By the end of the fall term of their third year in the program, students must have satisfactorily fulfilled the following requirements:
(Requirements A-E for the degree must be completed before the student can have a dissertation topic approved at a prospectus hearing.)
F. Course Credit Requirement: A minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate credit.
G. Teaching Requirement: All students must acquire some supervised teaching experience during their tenure at the University.
H. Dissertation Requirement:
At least four persons must be on the Committee, the majority of whom, including the Director, must be full or adjunct members of the Graduate Faculty and members of the Department. The Committee must contain at least one member who does not hold primary, secondary, or adjunct membership in HPS.
2. Prospectus: After the Dissertation Committee has been approved by the Chair, the student should prepare a written description of the dissertation project. This prospectus should include a bibliography of works to be consulted in working on the dissertation. The prospectus should be detailed enough to enable the Committee to decide the merits of undertaking the project. When the Dissertation Director agrees that the prospectus is ready to be distributed to members of the Committee, a prospectus meeting can be scheduled. At this meeting, the student defends the prospectus to the Committee. The Committee can either accept the prospectus unconditionally, ask for changes, or reject the prospectus. In any case the Director will convey to the student the reasons for the Committee's decision. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, students must pass the prospectus exam no later than the Fall of the fourth year in order to remain eligible for financial aid.
3. Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy: After a student's prospectus has been accepted, the student is eligible for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The appropriate University forms must be filed by the student and the Director with the Chair of the Department and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Dean will notify the student in writing of the approval of admission to candidacy and of the composition of the Dissertation Committee. A student must be admitted to candidacy at least eight months before the Final Oral Examination. Once the student is admitted to candidacy, the Dissertation Director becomes the candidate's advisor. After admission to candidacy, any change in the composition of the Dissertation Committee requires approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
4. Annual Meeting of Dissertation Committee: The candidate must meet annually (preferably at the beginning of the school year) with the Dissertation Committee to assess progress toward the degree, objectives for the following year, and a timetable for completing degree requirements. Committee members who are not in residence will be supplied with materials from the candidate and will make a written report to the Director concerning the candidate's progress.
5. Statute of Limitations: The Department expects that the Ph.D. Program can be completed in five years. Formally, however, students are required to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. within a period of 10 years from the student's initial registration for graduate study or eight years if the student has received credit for a master's degree appropriate to the field of study. The Committee reviews annually the progress of dissertation students. The Dissertation Director may, in consultation with the student, require as a condition for continuing to serve as Director of the dissertation that the student give further indication of satisfactory and regular progress towards the completion of the degree.
6. Dissertation: The candidate must submit a significant and acceptable dissertation on a topic in history and philosophy of science. The Dissertation must conform to University requirements as set out in the Style and Form Manual, available from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The dissertation should be in final typewritten or printed form and ready for binding before the oral examination.
7. Final Oral Examination: The candidate is required to pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. The examination may cover material not covered in the dissertation. The examination will be conducted by the Dissertation Committee. No final oral examinations are held during the third term.
At least four weeks (and if possible, six weeks) before the examination is scheduled, all members of the Committee must have received copies of the final draft of the dissertation and have indicated to the Director that the dissertation is defendable. At least two weeks before the Final Oral Examination, the Dissertation Director must provide the Dean of Graduate Studies with a typewritten notice, listing the title of the dissertation, and the time and place of the Final Oral Examination, for announcement within the University.
Any member of the Graduate Faculty may attend and participate in the Final Oral Examination of a candidate. Other qualified persons may be invited by the Committee to attend and participate. Anyone else may attend but not participate. Only members of the Committee may vote on the outcome. Each member of the Committee may vote to: 1) accept the dissertation and recommend the candidate for the degree; 2) accept the dissertation conditional upon minor changes, to be supervised by the Dissertation Director; 3) require major changes and a resubmission and re- evaluation of the dissertation; or 4) reject the dissertation without right of resubmission.
If the dissertation is accepted, reports on the Final Oral Examination and the approval of the dissertation must be signed by all members of the Dissertation Committee and sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies for approval. The report on the approval of the dissertation may be signed at the same time as the report on the Final Oral Examination, or later, after revisions have been approved. A bound copy of the dissertation must be given to the Department for placement in the Department's library. All duplicating expenses involved in dissertation work are the responsibility of the candidate.
8. Dissertation Documents: The following are to be deposited with the Dean of Graduate Studies before the candidate can be graduated:
b. Three copies of an abstract of the dissertation (no more than 350 words in length), typed and double-spaced with title and student's name at the top of the first page. The Dissertation Director must write his or her initials in the upper right corner of the first page of each copy.
c. Survey of Earned Doctorate (forms available in the Dean's Office).
d. University Microfilm Agreement (forms available in the Dean's Office), with one copy of the title page.
e. Receipt for binding and microfilming procured from the Cashier's Office. If any additional services are desired from University Microfilms International (UMI), i.e. copyright, extra copies, reprints, attach a money order or certified check made payable to UMI (cash not accepted).
f. Insert sheet with typed names of members of the Dissertation Committee and the signature of the Dissertation Director (forms available in the Dean's Office).
9. Graduation: Candidates must file an Application for Graduation early in the term in which they expect to graduate (see current calendar for the deadline) and they must be registered for at least one credit during the term of their graduation.
(For rules pertaining to part-time participation in the program see section VIII.)
IV. Classics, philosophy and ancient science:
This is an M.A./Ph.D. program offered jointly by the Departments of Classics, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science. Students in any of the three departments who are interested in the Philosophy and Science of Classical Greece and Rome may enroll in the CPAS Program. While enrolled in one of the three departments, students in the CPAS Program work closely with each other and with the cooperating faculty drawn from all three departments.
HPS students who are enrolled in the CPAS Program will concentrate on the scientific and philosophical texts of Classical Greece and Rome. They will be required to develop facility in Greek and Latin, to take courses in classical literature, history and philosophy, and courses in modern philosophy. They must meet Departmental Requirements A-E as well as the specific requirements of the CPAS Program. Students making satisfactory progress in the CPAS Program are guaranteed one additional year of financial support.
HPS faculty cooperating in the CPAS Program are: Bernard Goldstein, James Lennox, Peter Machamer and J.E. McGuire. For further information, contact James Lennox (HPS) or James Allen (Philosophy, CPAS Program Director).
V. Course offerings:
The Department's graduate seminars range from general surveys of the field and methods of research to specialized research seminars on selected topics in history and philosophy of science.
Currently Listed Courses are:
Area 1: Core Seminars
Area 2: History of Science
Area 3: Philosophy of Science
*Courses will not fulfill the Ph.D. distribution of studies requirement.
Other courses of interest to students are offered by the Departments of Classics, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Linguistics, Economics, Sociology, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, and Computer Science.
These lists are open-ended. As new courses are developed and introduced they will be added to one or another list. At the time that the schedule for the next term is published, seminars will be marked as to whether they count in Areas 2 or 3. Reading courses that are given during the summer will be assigned to an Area at the time they are set up.
VI. Additional information on course offerings:
A. HPS Core Seminars:
Each student is required to take all three seminars (2501, 2502, 2503). HPS 2501 must be taken in the Fall Term of the first year. HPS 2502 and HPS 2503 are offered in alternate Fall Terms. They are to be taken in fall terms of the first two years in whichever order they are offered.
HPS 2501 is a graduate survey of recent work in Philosophy of Science, intended to introduce students to the concepts and theories of the discipline.
The HPS 2502/2503 combination is a two-term history of science sequence that deals especially with primary source material in a topical manner. The sequence is not intended as a survey of history of science and is designed so that either seminar in the sequence can be taken first. The content of the seminars will vary from year to year, but each seminar will deal with primary texts from different time periods.
B. Departmental Teaching Practicum:
This course, HPS 2497 (1 credit), is required of all TA/TFs who are teaching in HPS. During the first term in which a students teaches independently for HPS, s/he must also enroll in and attend FACDEV 2200, a 1-credit course for TA/TFs sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development.
C. MA Thesis Research:
HPS 2904 is reserved for those students working on their MA Thesis.
D. Independent Study Courses:
A student who has not completed the comprehensive requirements may not register for an independent study course without the written permission of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chairman. HPS 2990 is to be used only for meeting course enrollment requirements. An "S" will automatically be given if the student is making satisfactory progress in the program.
E. Directed Study:
HPS 2902 (Pre MA Directed Study) and HPS 3902 (Advanced Directed Study) are to be used as actual courses that will require instructor supervision. They can be used to fill special needs. The Dean's office now allows Directed Study courses to be subtitled which will allow transcripts to be more descriptive.
F. Prospectus Research:
HPS 2999 is to be used when preparing work for a prospectus meeting.
G. Dissertation Research:
HPS 3000 is reserved for students who have been admitted to candidacy. Students are still encouraged to continue taking seminars.
H. FTDA - Full Time Dissertation Study:
This course is reserved only for those students who have been admitted to candidacy, have 72 credits, and have met all departmental requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation.
HPS 3000 and FTDA are restricted to students who have been admitted to candidacy, since the department discourages extended, full time work on doctoral dissertations without the guidance of a properly constituted committee that has approved the project by passing the student's proposal at a prospectus exam.
I. Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit:
Graduate students may receive graduate credit for up to two 1000-level (6 hours) in non HPS subjects, subject to approval by the graduate advisor.
VII. Departmental rules and regulations:
The Director of Graduate Studies advises all students until a dissertation director is approved.
The student will meet with the Graduate Student Advisor and together they will arrange the student's program. Incoming students register at the beginning of their first term. Usually this is done after the new students' orientation meeting (held at the beginning of the Fall Term). Continuing students should pre-register.
Students should pick up course schedules and registration forms from the secretary. All students must submit a copy of their registration form to the Department Administrator for inclusion in their files.
Students whose grade point average falls below 3.0 or 'B' (counting non- departmental incompletes as 2.0) for two consecutive terms will not be allowed to register for the new term until the Department has reviewed their work and decided whether or not they may continue in the program.
B. Advanced Credit:
Those students entering the program with an M.A. or Ph.D. from elsewhere may petition the Department for credit toward their degrees. They should prepare a written document stating the requirements for which they wish to receive credit and listing the courses they have taken elsewhere satisfying the Departmental distribution requirements. They must submit to the Department an official transcript listing those courses. They may obtain a maximum of 24 credits for work elsewhere (credits cannot be counted toward a University of Pittsburgh Master's level degree). Transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy HPS Area 1, 2 or 3 seminar requirements.
C. Departmental Resources:
Because Departmental funds are limited, graduate students are not allowed to use Departmental telephones or secretarial services. Graduate students may use the photocopy machine at the rate of .05/page (See Department Administrator for an I.D. number).
For a student on the job market, the Department will reproduce curriculum vitae and will duplicate the materials needed for the Departmental placement effort. All other expenses of reproducing a dissertation, including photocopying, are the student's responsibility.
D. Course Load:
The normal course load for a full-time student holding a TA is three courses, plus any required courses in teaching. Every TA should register for HPS 2497 (one credit) during the fall term of his/her first year as a TA. Every TA who is teaching independently for the first time must register for FACDEV 2200 (one credit). (The University Office of Faculty Development has designed this course to give an introduction to good university teaching for TAs who are teaching their own course for the first time.)
Normal course load for full-time students not holding a TA (including fellows) is four courses (12 credits) for letter grade in the fall and spring terms.
Students are to take this normal course load until the following Ph.D. requirements
are met. However, this load may be reduced by one course during the term in which the research papers are written for the comprehensive requirement by registering for HPS 2990 Independent Study (3 credits).
Once requirements III.B, C and D are satisfied, full time students should continue to register for 9 credits in each of the fall and spring terms until they have accumulated the 72 credits required for the Ph.D.
Students who have passed the comprehensive requirement III.E may register for up to 6 credits of HPS 2999 Prospectus Research. The remaining 3 credits should be in a course for letter grade.
Students may not sit a prospectus exam until requirements III.A, B, C, D and E are satisfied.
Students who have passed their prospectus exam and are admitted to candidacy should register for HPS 3000 Dissertation Research (up to 9 credits)beginning in the semester following the prospectus exam and, once they have accumulated 72 credits, FTDA Full Time Dissertation Research.
E. Part-Time Study:
The doctoral program is designed to be a program for full-time study. Part-time status may be adopted by full time students enrolled in the doctoral program after they have completed one full term of graduate study with letter grades on at least three courses. It may only be adopted as a temporary measure in response to emergency circumstances and if there is a reasonable expectation that the student will be able to resume full-time study. A student may accrue at most two years of part-time study in the course of the program. A student may not be on part-time status in the terms during which the student submits research papers (Section E2) or submits to a prospectus.
For purposes of clause III.E, years of part-time study will not be counted. Students who have undertaken part-time years will be required to have completed the comprehensive requirements by the end of their fifth full-time term in the program, excluding summer terms.
In extraordinary circumstances, these conditions may be altered or waived on the basis of a written petition to the department.
F. Courses in Other Departments:
Students are encouraged to take courses in other departments. Indeed, it is recommended that students consider taking an M.A. or M.S. in another field. Work in another field should be undertaken only after students are well grounded in HPS.
G. Academic Integrity:
All students are expected to conduct their work in accordance with the academic integrity code of the University of Pittsburgh.
Students must maintain a minimum of a `B' (3.0) average (see also section I on Incompletes). If a student falls below the requirement, s/he is placed on probation. Students remaining below the required 3.0 for two consecutive terms will not be allowed to register for the next term. In this case, the Department must meet in order to ascertain whether or not they will be allowed to continue in the program.
The Department strongly discourages incomplete grades in seminars. For the official policy on "G" and "I" grades, see the Graduate Programs Bulletin.
Students with incompletes on their records at evaluation time are at a severe disadvantage with respect to funding, and sometimes with respect to continuation in the program. Any I or G grades that are more than one term old will be counted as a grade of D for purposes of the annual evaluation. Students are reminded that a B average is required for continuation in the program, and students who do not have a B average will not be permitted to register. (A GPA of B should not, however, be construed as "making good progress.")
J. Departmental Evaluations:
The Department will meet each February to evaluate all students currently enrolled in the program. The Director of Graduate Studies, or the student's Dissertation Director, and the Chairman, will meet with each student and inform him/her of the results of the evaluation.
Specifically, the will be informed in writing as to whether s/he is making good, satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress. Students falling into the latter category will be given one warning, and if improvement to satisfactory is not made by the next evaluation, they will be terminated from the program. Minimally, the students must complete successfully the requirements as stated herein, within the stipulated time periods. This includes those requirements for progress after the comprehensive requirements. Failure to complete the requirements will be considered grounds for termination from the program.
Students working on their dissertations will be informed as to the Department's assessment concerning their placement possibilities.
K. Leaves of Absence:
Students may request a leave of absence. These requests are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Students should submit their written request to the Graduate Advisor detailing the reasons and length of their proposed leave. Leaves of Absence are of two kinds - Official and Unofficial:
2. Unofficial: Readmission is not automatic, the application fee must be paid, and the original statute of limitations remains in effect.
Given the competition for few job openings, the Department has decided that it cannot commit itself to recommending for tenure stream college/university employment anyone who is not very close to completion of the Ph.D. To do so would be strongly counterproductive for students in both the short and long run.
Students who complete the Ph.D. program satisfactorily can expect strong support and aid from the Department in their efforts to find a suitable first position. The degree of Departmental commitment, and the nature of the posts for which it will support a student's application, will, however, be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Department will decide which positions an applicant may apply for with our support. Such determinations will consider the quality of the student's course and dissertation work, the promptness with which work was completed and teaching competence. Completion of the Ph.D. program with work of marginally acceptable quality and speed will not entail Departmental support in placement efforts. However, should a candidate wish to solicit new letters and compile his/her own dossier, s/he may apply wherever desired. The student's Committee should be informed in such a case that s/he is applying for positions without Departmental support.
Any student who wants to be recommended for placement must submit a draft version of the completed Ph.D. dissertation. The draft must be submitted early enough for the Committee to meet, and for preparation of the placement dossier. For example, if the student wants to be considered for interviews at the December American Philosophical Association meeting, s/he must submit a draft by October 1; for the April meetings, February 1.
It should be noted early in the student's career that most available jobs are in philosophy departments. This means that students should prepare their four-year program with this in mind. Specifically, it means that students should become adept in a broad range of philosophical areas, including elementary logic. For example, if a student decides to write on some aspect of 17th-century science, s/he should also be prepared to talk knowledgeably about 17th-century philosophy in general, about current issues in philosophy of science, and perhaps some more modern developments of the science dealt with in the dissertation.
It is useful to look at a recent issue of Jobs for Philosophers in order to ascertain the kind and range of specializations and competencies that are being sought.
Few openings are available in history of science programs. Occasionally requests come from institutions seeking archivists, museum personnel, and editors.
In sum, it is a tough market. Students must prepare to take advantage of whatever openings exist.
The Department as a whole will do all that is reasonably possible to place those students who complete its requirements. Students seeking Departmental placement assistance must abide by the Departmental placement procedures as outlined.
The primary obligation of the Department is to those students seeking their first employment. Recent former students who want to apply for new jobs can expect reasonable Departmental support, but they are expected to pay for costs involved. The Department will continue to try to place those students who fulfilled the Ph.D. requirements for up to three years after graduation.
M. Privacy Act:
Students are advised that recommendation letters for which they have not waived their rights of access are often not taken seriously. Some professors refuse to write letters of recommendation if such access rights are not waived. Waiver forms will be provided for those wishing them at the time that recommendation letters are solicited.
N. Problem Resolution
If a student or faculty member experiences a problem with the advising process, the DGS or the Chair should be notified. The Chair or DGS should try to mediate any problems and to help the student continue to progress towards the degree. Students are informed that if reconciliation at the departmental level fails, they may bring their problems to the FAS Dean's office.
VIII. Teaching assistantships and fellowships:
Full-time graduate students in good or satisfactory standing in the Department are eligible for TA-ships. Students making good progress will be given preference. The number of TAs available is a function of the money given to the Department by the Administration. The conditions of eligibility are three:
2. No student can expect more than ten terms of financial support from University funds (excluding Summer Term and Sessions).
3. The progress of students will be evaluated each January or February. The reallocation of TAs will be contingent on satisfactory progress towards the requirement for the Ph.D.
2. Those students appointed as TAs or TFs should carefully read Section VIII .E. on the responsibilities of TA/TFs.
2. Students who performed poorly as TAs should not expect renewal. Students who lack the requisite communication skills or substantive knowledge will not be given TAs.
3. Teaching assistants and teaching fellows must be evaluated by students and by a supervising faculty member in each course to which they are assigned.
b. In courses that use teaching assistants or teaching fellows, faculty evaluations are conducted by the faculty instructor. A faculty member appointed by the Chair evaluates independently taught classes. In each case, the faculty member visits the class at least once during the term. The faculty member writes a report about this visit and discusses the report with the teaching assistant or teaching fellow before depositing it in his or her file, no later than the end of the term in which the course is taught. Decisions concerning renewal of teaching positions will be made in light of both student and faculty evaluations.
b. Suitable background for TA assignment
Promotion to a TF requires the completion of the Master's Degree or the completion of eight courses and successfully passing the comprehensives.
All classes throughout the whole term must meet as scheduled. Exceptions are made when numbers of sections are reduced at the start of the term, but this is done at the request of the professor.
CGS courses must meet at all scheduled class times. CGS is very strict about this. So is HPS. No one, this term or any subsequent term will cancel any class without explicit permission from the chairman's office. Any unauthorized cancellation will result in immediate dismissal from your TA position and will ensure that no future funding will be granted by the Department. There are no exceptions. There is no one save the chairman that can authorize same. If a medical or other serious emergency prevents your meeting your class, you must inform the Department Chair (and the supervising lecturer if you are assisting in a course) as far in advance as possible so that an arrangement can be made to cover the class. Failure to comply with this rule can result in not being reappointed the following term, or in some cases, dismissal.
2. If you are assisting in a course, you must attend every lecture in the course.
3. You must keep an official record for the class or section to which you are assigned. This should include each student's name, student number (Social Security Number), an attendance record, and each grade assigned for homework, papers, and examinations. Your record must be turned into the office for filing at the end of the term.
4. Office hours (two hours a week on separate days) should be scheduled for the convenience of students. You should notify them of your office hours during the first week of class. Notify the Administrative Assistant in writing of your office hours no later than the end of the first full week of classes.
5. You are responsible for 20 hours of work per week as a TA/TF. This includes office hours, time spent in the class you are teaching, preparation and grading time.
6. The Department does not charge for photocopies of tests and other handouts.
7. A copy of ALL materials that are prepared by you to hand out in your course must be given to the Department Administrator AT THE TIME THE MATERIALS ARE PREPARED.
8. University rules forbid the posting of grades . It is recommended that you use Courseweb for communication of grades. If you do not use it, note that the Department will not give out grades over the telephone. At the end of term, students may obtain their grades by (1) stopping by the Departmental office and looking at their exams, (2) waiting for grades to arrive in the mail from the registrar, (3) giving you a stamped, addressed post card, or (4) calling you at home, if you wish to allow this.
9. Important remarks about grading papers and exams.
b. Comments on papers should never be sarcastic or cruel. Special sensitivity should be exercised when the philosophical materials covered in a course challenge fundamental religious or ethical beliefs of students.
c. Check references in written work carefully, and be aware of the possibility of plagiarism (see below).
11. Sexual harassment in its multi-varied forms is increasingly being recognized as a problem on all US campuses. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the University's policy on combating sexual harassment and for behaving in accordance with this policy.
12. As a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow, you are an employee of the University and representative of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. In the circumstances, criticizing the Department, the courses, the texts, the faculty, or the discipline, in your classroom or in private discussion with your students would be unseemly, disloyal, and demoralizing. If you have legitimate complaints, bring them to your supervising lecturer, the Director of Graduate Studies, or the Chair. Our program of graduate support depends on maintaining a good teaching record. Each HPS course should be a valuable experience for every student enrolled in it.
IX. Other items:
The Graduate Student Organization is an informal organization formed in 1977 to represent the graduate students in the History and Philosophy of Science Department, and to give them a voice in Departmental issues that affect graduate students. Any graduate student in the History and Philosophy of Science Department may be a member of the organization.
The members elect a graduate student in good standing to represent them at all Departmental meetings, and an alternate representative who replaces the representative in case s/he is unable to attend a Departmental meeting. The representative may make proposals at Departmental meetings and participate in the discussions but is not empowered to vote. The representative also calls student meetings when necessary, in order to discuss proposals for new rules and issues of concern to the graduate students, and to report on the results of Departmental meetings to the students.
B. Funds for Graduate Student Research and Travel:
Funds are available within the department to support graduate student travel on research and professional projects. Each year the funds available will be divided and distributed as follows:
1. Every graduate student entitled to receive support will be assigned a travel fund. Its size will be proportional to the student's number of years in the program (up to a maximum of 5). i.e. 1st year students have 1 share, 2nd year students 2 shares, ..., 5th years students 5 shares, 6th year students 5 shares etc. The amounts will vary from year to year. In 2002-2003, our total budget was $9000 and one share was slightly less than $100.
2. Claims may be made at any time from July 1 to May 1 for the financial year starting in July 1. Reimbursement will be made only for legitimate, appropriately documented expenses relating to research travel. Legitimate expenses include costs associated with:
• travel, accommodation, fees arising from attendance or participation in an academic conference relevant to the student's research interests.
• travel, accommodation and fees associated with visits to archives and related sites of relevance to the student's research.
Students are expected to take all reasonable economies, including the use of lowest airfares that include Saturday night stay over. Travel is not supported unless most of the trip is spent on research activities. Summer trips home are not supported.
3. If any funds are undistributed by May 1, they will be redistributed against unreimbursed claims in the proportion indicated above in 1.
4. For reimbursement associated with any particular trip, within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the trip, students must provide the Departmental Administrator with:
• A brief note indicating the academic purpose of the travel.
• Documentation of the academic nature of the travel; for example, a flyer indicating the name and date of the relevant conference or a program indicating the student's participation.
• All receipts associated with the travel, including those to be considered on May 1 for the redistribution of residual funds.
All these materials are to be enclosed in an envelope along with an itemized list of the receipts and their amounts.
The Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences also supports travel by graduate students to conferences at which they will present papers, but asks that graduate students not approach FAS until departmental funds are exhausted. Travel funds are also available from Sigma Xi for student members and support for international travel may also be available from UCIS, The University Center for International Studies.
Some very limited funds are available to support research expenses not related to travel. Interested graduate students should inquire with the Chair directly at any time.