Paul J. Crittenden, STB, STL, DD, BLitt
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1990–96
New South Wales-born, Paul Crittenden completed his studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS), with a degree and licence in theology, and obtained a doctorate in divinity, before going on to take his BLitt at Balliol College, Oxford University.
Crittenden initially joined the Philosophy department at Sydney in 1970 as a lecturer. He then lectured in Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the Catholic Education College, Castle Hill, Sydney, before returning to Sydney University in 1978, when he was appointed to a lectureship in the General Philosophy department. Promoted to senior lecturer in 1982 and associate professor in 1990, he was appointed professor of Philosophy in 1991, the first chair in the General Philosophy department.
Crittenden was elected to succeed S. Jack as dean under the old electoral system, which continued until 1992. At the end of his elected term he continued in office, but as the Arts faculty’s first professional, full-time dean under the new, recently introduced system of appointment by Senate.