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Administration and organisation

The governance structure at the Department of Philosophy and First Semester Studies:

Administration

Department administration

The department is headed by department head Reidar Lie, who holds this office for the years 2015-2019. Administrative leader is Steinar Thunestvedt.

In addition to the head of department and the head of administration, the administration consists of the heads of the Committee for Research and Dissemination, Committee for Philosophy Studies and Committee for Examen Philosophicum.

For the period 2015 - 2019, the department’s administration consists of the following persons:

Head of Department:
Reidar Lie
Tlf. +47 55589437
E-post: reidar.lie@uib.no

Head of administration:
Steinar Thunestvedt
Tlf. +47 55582384
E-post:steinar.thunestvedt@uib.no

Committee for Research and Dissemination:
Hallvard Fossheim (leader)
+47 55583009
E-post: hallvard.fossheim@uib.no

Committee for Philosophy Studies:
Ole Martin Skilleås (leader)
Tlf. +47 55583277
E-post: ole.skilleas@uib.no

Committee for Examen Philosophicum:
Vibeke Tellmann (leader)
Tlf. +47 55588820
E-post: vibeke.tellmann@uib.no

Department Council

Department Council

The Department Council is the department's supreme governing body, and has the authority of decision in a number of matters.

It is headed by department head Reidar Lie. The Council shall consider, make decisions on behalf of the department and make recommendations to the faculty or other senior body in matters concerning:

  • Research reports, researcher education reports, educational reports and other strategies and result documents prepared by the department
  • Any transition and reorganisation plans
  • Budget proposal, annual budget and annual accounts
  • Significant changes in the department's study offer, in particular related to study programs, curriculum, teaching, exams and course and program evaluations.

In other cases, the department is an advisory information and contact body between the head of department, all employees and the students. Representatives from both the academic staff, the administration and the students are members of the council.


In the current period (2017-2021), the council is composed as follows:  

Permanent scientific staff: Eivind Kolflaath, Vibeke Andrea Tellmann, Kevin Cahill, Alois Pichler, Mette Kristine Hansen (substitute members: 1. Carola Freiin von Villiez, 2. Rune J. Falch, 3. Gunnar Karlsen, 4. Anne Granberg, 5. Sorin Ioan Bangu, 6. Ole Martin Skilleås, 7. Richard Arnljot Sørli)

Temporary scientific staff: Pål Fjeldvig Antonsen (substitute members: 1. David Vogt, 2. Sveinung Sivertsen, 3. Jørgen Pedersen)

Administrative staff: Ståle Melve (substitute members: 1. Deirdre Smith, 2. Henrik Dalstø, 3. Kirsten Bang)

Students: Jay van der Vlist, Matthew Coffay, Twisha Mukherjee (vara: 1. Øyvind Tveit, 2. Arturo Vázquez, 3. Andreas Fjellanger, 4. Christer Hølestø, 5. Amalie Torkelsen Friis)

Representatives of temporary academic staff and students are elected for a year at a time.

The head of administration is the council’s secretary.

Protocols from the councils's meetings can be downloaded in PDF format from the links below.

Protocols/reports (in Norwegian):

2018: 11. januar, 8. mars

2017: 8. februar, 9. mars, 6. april, 7. september, 12. oktober, 9. november

2016: 21. januar, 3. mars, 28. april, 26. mai, 8. september, 13. oktober, 8. desember,

2015: 22. januar, 5. mars, 16. april , 28. mai, 27. august, 14. oktober

2014: 23. januar, 27. februar, 15. mai, 4. september, 16. oktober

2013 (høst): 12. september, 10. oktober, 21. november

2013 (vår): 24. januar, 14. februar, 14. mars, 18. april, 21. juni

2012: 19. januar, 23. februar, 26. april, 7. juni, 6. september, 11. oktober, 6. desember

2011: 10. februar, 10. mars, 7. april, 26. mai, 25. august, 29. september, 27. oktober, 24. november

2010: 25. januar. 22. februar, 22. mars, 26. april, 31. mai, 26. august, 9. september, 7. oktober, 4. november, 9. desember

2009: 25. januar, 7. september, 28. september, 19. oktober, 14. desember

Committee for research and dissemination 

Committee for research and dissemination 

The committee for research and disseminiation has a multitude of tasks: Among other things, it shall facilitate and supervise the department's research education, identify and stimulate worthwhile research projects, coordinate the department's various research groups, arrange department seminars and stimulate dissemination activities. It also provides input to the annual research report and the researcher education report.

Research coordinator Hallvard Fossheim is head of the committee, which, in addition, consists of Professor Espen Gamlund, Postdoctoral fellow Julie Zahle and PhD Candidate Sveinung Sundfør Sivertsen (fellow). Adviser Ståle Melve is secretary.

Committee for philosophy studies

Committee for philosophy studies

The committee for philosophy studies is the department's advisory body in matters concerning teaching and internationalisation of the study of philosophy and history of ideas.

The committee's work areas include matters such as:

  • changes in syllabus
  • composition of examination committees (master level)
  • ongoing subject / program evaluation
  • appointment of supervisors for master's students
  • agreements on student and teacher exchange
  • plans for the education courses in the coming semester
  • Report on Educational Attainments
  • prepare (for the departmental council) issues relating to creation, termination or changes in study and programme descriptions 
  • other issues that the head of department or the department council ask the committee to prepare.

The committee for philosophy studies is led by Professor Ole Martin Skilleås and otherwise consists of Associate Professor Franz Knappik, Associate Professor Ole Hjortland, and student representative Carlota Salvador (substitute members: 1. Lily Agnes Kolltveit Ford, 2. Natalie Timland). Adviser Ståle Melve is the committee’s secretary.

Committee for examen philosophicum

Committee for examen philosophicum

The committee's mandate as formulated in the department regulations is:

The committee is the head of departmental advisory body in academic and educational matters related to Examen philosophicum. In particular, the committee shall work for quality, integration, continuity and renewal of the Examen philosophicum in consultation with the coordinator, the teaching staff and the respective faculties.

The committee consists of all course coordinators and subject coordinator for Examen philosophicum. Administrative coordinator for examen philosophicum is the secretary.

The head of department appoints course leaders and the head of the Examen Philosophicum Committee, following a statement from the department council. Associate Professor Vibeke Tellmann is the current chair of the committee.

HSE Committee

HSE Committee

The department's HSE committee deals with and gives management advice on issues related to health, safety and environment. It consists of a safety delegate, a deputy safety delegate and a head of department.

The HSE committee has meetings 2-3 times per semester and is headed by the head of department. The administrative consultant is the secretary of the committee.

For 2018 and 2019, Ole Hjortland is elected as safety delegate, and Deirdre Smith is a deputy representative.

The main page for UiB's health, environmental and safety section can be found here: https://www.uib.no/en/hms-portalen

Students' committee

Students' committee

As a student it is important to know how things are determined at the department and which channels you have to influence what happens.

Students can influence and be heard through the students' own committee. You get in touch with the committee at fagutvalg.fof@gmail.com.

In addition, the students have their own Facebook-page.

President of the Students' committee is Matthew Coffay, vice-president is Natalie Timland.