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50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
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Philip completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia. After a few years of teaching, he obtained a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Washington. In 1969, Philip took a position at the University of Lethbridge in the Philosophy Department. Throughout his career at the University, he served on many committees and he also held the position of Associate Dean of Arts and Science. Philip retired in 1989.
Philip discusses his committee involvement at the University.
The full audio interview will be made available online in late 2017. For more information please contact the University of Lethbridge Archives. (email@example.com)
(JT: Jim Tagg, Interviewer)
JT: In '67 you come here, first of all, you have to be chair of the department (Philosophy), but you also had to follow Owen Holmes' dictum that you get involved, and …
PB: Well, the thing is, and I didn't know it, I'd never had any experience in anything of the kind at all, but if I was made for anything, I was made for that situation. I jumped in with all four feet, and I didn't have to be urged. First thing, I was twice the faculty member elected to the Senate. I was two terms as chairman. I was two separate terms as the president of the Faculty Association. I was two separate terms, plus a little more, as Associate Dean. I was just born for these quasi, half-baked, administrative kind of things. It turned out that it suited me. I didn't want it, I didn't want anything. I just floated on the sea.
JT: Well, if flair and verve were the strengths of Sam Smith, what do you think you brought to those?
PB: As I say, there's no training or certification. In some of them, I have to say that in some of them, I was just good at it, it turned out. At least that's my view. I was on every damn committee and ad hoc committee, and I just loved it. I loved it, and I thought I was good at it, if I'd thought about it at all. And that was my full service to the University. I didn't realize it until a couple of years ago, no that's wrong ... but I was never cut out to be a scholar. I wasn't an academic in the scholarly sense at all. I had a certain success as a teacher, but I was never any scholar, which was a sore point with my department, that I didn't add to their business or luster at all. On the other hand, I certainly served the University long and well, and they recognized it. They kept promoting me and giving me increments.