Timeline of Technologies + Humanities at Virginia Tech
Philosopher Joseph Pitt joins the Virginia Tech faculty.
Pitt and Homer Le Grand start the Humanities, Science, and Technology program.
Faculty members in philosophy, history, and sociology share research and learn from each other, creating the foundation for the Humanities, Science, and Technology program.
The university denies a proposal for a major in humanities, science, and technology until the program becomes a department.
Wilfred Jewkes becomes the associate dean for the humanities and director of the Center of Programs in the Humanities.
Jewkes and Pitt receive a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support the center and the Humanities, Science, and Technology program.
Virginia Tech creates the Center for the Study of Science in Society to focus on the impact of scientific and technological developments upon society.
By the late 1970s, personal computers have slowly started to take off in the United States.
Pitt becomes founding director of the center and the Humanities, Science, and Technology program. Virginia Tech receives a National Science Foundation grant to fund the Center for the Study of Science in Society.
Larry Laudan joins the philosophy faculty at Virginia Tech. As a stipulation, he requests that the Department of Philosophy and Religion split into two.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion becomes two; the Center for the Study of Science in Society launches master’s and doctoral programs.
The Center for the Study of Science in Society becomes the Department of Science and Technology Studies.
The department — soon to be renamed the Department of Science and Technology in Society — opens a satellite campus in Northern Virginia; on the main Virginia Tech campus, the Department of Philosophy starts a highly ranked master’s program.
Govindan Parayil becomes the first graduate student to earn a doctorate in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech. He eventually becomes dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, a position he now holds.
The Center of Programs in the Humanities merges with the Department of Religion to become the Department of Religion and Culture.
Pitt works with faculty in engineering and business to develop a course curriculum in ethics for engineers.
The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought, a graduate program better known as ASPECT, launches.
Sylvester Johnson joins Virginia Tech as the assistant vice provost for the humanities and a professor of religion in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
The Center for Humanities launches with Johnson at the helm; the Department of Science and Technology in Society is renamed.
Virginia Tech launches Tech for Humanity, with Johnson as its founding executive director.
The Department of Science, Technology, and Society hosts a forum on autonomous vehicles.