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Tate, George S.



  • Existence: 1944

Biographical History

George S. Tate (born 1944) is a professor and university administrator in Utah.

George S. Tate was born September 7, 1944 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio, Salt Lake City and Provo Utah. He graduated from Provo High School in 1962. He served as a full time proselyting missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in West Germany from February 1964 to August 1966.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with his Bachelor of Arts in English and German in 1969 and his Masters in Comparitive Literature in 1970. He graduated with his PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University in 1974. While at Cornell University he taught English from 1973-1974. He worked as a faculty member at Brigham Young University from 1974 to the present. He served as chair of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature from 1981-1985, the associte dean of General Education & Honors from 1986-1990 and as dean of Undergraduate Education from 2000-2005.

At Brigham Young University he taught courses of Comparative Literature, Honors Literature and Scandinavian literature. He has published on multiple topics including Scandanavian literature and critique, doctrine and history, and literary development and evolution of the Classical works. He is a member of Medieval Academy of America and the society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies and has received multiple awards including the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award 2008-2009.

He married Julie Ann Walton on July 19, 1969 and had two children: Bronwen Ellen and Megan Christina. Following Julie's death on July 11, 1987, George married Karen Elaine Harris Bradshaw on December 30, 1988. In addition to her three children from a previous marriage, Karen and George had a son, Andrew Christian Tate. As of August 2012, the Tates have 18 grandchildren from their five married children.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature meeting minutes , 1974-1986

 Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 3-4, 10
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains department meeting minutes collected from between 1974 and 1986. The minutes include details of the present faculty members and item by item description of what was discussed. Among the topics discussed are faculty hirings, course aims and status, special presentations or events organized by the deparment, and the overall participation and work of the students. Also includes memos sent by Tate to Dean Richard H. Cracoft between 1983 and 1986.

Dates: 1974-1986

George S. Tate papers on departmental self study, 1985-1986

 Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains notes, guidelines, student and faculty responses, and other materials used by Tate in the preparation of a self study report on the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature. A copy of the 1985 self study, which was undertaken to evaluate the teachers and programs and compare these results to goals established by the evaluation committee, is also included.

Dates: 1985-1986

George S. Tate papers on History of Civilization course, 1986-1998

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains recorded minutes on cassette tape and CD, minutes for commitee meetings, reports, and teacher evaluations related to the development of the General Education course "History of Civilization." Also includes course syllabi and draft forms from the classes. Materials date from between 1986 and 1998.

Dates: 1986-1998

George S. Tate papers on the Freshman Reader and writing guides, 1982-1990

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 18-20
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains published copies of the Freshman Reader and writing guides prepared by Tate. Also includes drafts, artwork, notes, and other documents related to their publishing. Materials date from between 1982 and 1990.

Dates: 1982-1990

George S. Tate papers on Undergraduate Education, 1987-2012

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains articles, reports, and other materials associated with Tate's service as the associate dean of General Education & Honors (1986-1990) and as dean of Undergraduate Education (2000-2005). Materials included are the Undergraduate Education report from 2002, Dean's selection from 2005, and two articles that Tate wrote for "Maeser's Edge Pieces" in 2001 and 2002. The largest amount of material included is related to the General Education Task Force that was organized in 2000 and went...
Dates: 1987-2012

George S. Tate presentation materials, 1981-2005

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5782 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains presentation materials and minutes prepared by Tate relating to his efforts to develop programs for Ancient History, Scandanavian studies, and Art History at Brigham Young University. The majority of the materials present relate to the restructuring and reorganizing of these programs to better fit department needs. These needs include hiring or reducing faculty or dividing which classes the colleges will teach and organize. Materials date from between 1981 and 2005.

Dates: 1981-2005

George S. Tate papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5782
Scope and Contents

Contains materials produced or collected by Tate during his work as a university faculty member and administration. This includes minutes, memos, reports, and planning agendas from the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature from between 1974 and 2012. The collection also includes articles published by Tate, and materials from his service in Undergraduate Education.

Dates: 1974-2012