History of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Deans of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1856–2011

The University of Sydney Seal

The university’s first seal, 1852–57

The deanship—a historical note
Teaching began in the Faculty of Arts in 1852 but it was another four years before the position of dean for the faculty was created. The appointment of deans was, in essence, the prerogative of Senate from 1856, when John Woolley was appointed the first dean, until 1912, when elections within the faculty for this position were introduced and Mungo MacCallum became the first elected dean. For the next eighty years, until 1992, deans were elected from among their peers, the members of faculty. For the whole period from 1856 to 1992 the duties of the deans were carried out on a part-time basis, in addition to whatever other teaching and administrative responsibilities the holder may have had in the faculty. From 1993, however, the deanship became a full-time, professionalised position, with Paul Crittenden being the first dean appointed under this new arrangement. Appointments to the position of dean are now made by Senate, in consultation with the faculty, following an application and interview procedure, which continues to be the case in the faculty’s new incarnation as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, from 2011. Read more


1856–1898

   
John Woolley

1856–66
John Woolley
(Professor of Classics)

John Smith

1884–85
John Smith

(Professor of Experimental Physics)

Morris Pell 1866–77
Morris B. Pell

(Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy)
John Scott

1885–87; 1891–94; 1897–98
Walter Scott

(Professor of Classics, then Professor of Greek)

Charles Badham

1877–84
Charles Badham
(Professor of Classics and Logic)

Theodore Gurney

1888–90; 1895–96
Theodore T. Gurney

(Professor of Mathematics)

1899–1950

   
Mungo MacCallum

1899–1914; 1916–19
Mungo W. MacCallum

(Professor of Modern Literature)

Frederick A. Todd

1930–37
Frederick A. Todd
(Professor of Latin)

Francis Anderson 1914–16; 1920–21
Francis Anderson

(Professor of Logic and Mental Philosophy)
Henry T. Lovell 1937–41
Henry T. Lovell
(Professor of Psychology)
Ernest Holme

1922–25
Ernest R. Holme

(Professor of English Language)

Stephen H. Roberts

1942–47
Stephen H. Roberts

(Professor of History)

William Woodhouse

1926–29
William J. Woodhouse

(Professor of Greek)

Dale Trendall

1947–50
A. Dale Trendall

(Professor of Greek; & Professor of Archaeology)

1950–1977

   
Ralph Farrell

1950–54; 1963–67
Ralph B. Farrell

(Professor of German)

John Mackie

1963
John L. Mackie

(Professor of Philosophy)

William M. O'Neil

1954–55
William M. O'Neil

(Professor of Psychology)

Leslie Rogers

1968–71
H. Leslie Rogers

(Professor of Early English Language and Literature)

A. John Dunston

1956–61
A. John Dunston

(Professor of Latin)

Alex Jones 1972–73
Alex I. Jones
(Snr Lecturer, English)
John M. Ward

1962
John M. Ward

(Professor of History)

R.Ian Jack

1974–77
R. Ian Jack
(Associate Professor, History)

 

1978–2011

John S. Gunn

1978–79
John S. Gunn

(Associate Professor, English)

Bettina Cass

1996–2001
Bettina Cass

(Professor of Sociology and Social Policy)

Patricia M. Lahy

1980–85
Patricia M. Lahy

(Snr Lecturer, Psychology)

Stephen R. Garton

2001–09
Stephen R. Garton

(Professor of History)

Sybil M. Jack

1986–89
Sybil M. Jack
(Associate Professor, History)

Anne Dunn

2009–10
Anne Dunn

(Associate Professor, Media and Communications)

Paul J. Crittenden

1990–96
Paul J. Crittenden

(Associate Professor, Philosophy, then Professor of Philosophy)

Duncan Ivison

2010–
Duncan Ivison

(Professor of Political Philosophy)