Stanford Faculty Senate

50th Anniversary

In 2018, The Stanford Faculty Senate will celebrate its fiftieth birthday. Learn more about the history of the Senate and find out how you can celebrate this occassion on campus.

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History

1968-2018

Figures of the Faculty Senate

  • Amos Tversky

    (1/25/1995) Amos Tversky had served in the Faculty Senate since 1990 and was a member of the Academic Council's Advisory Board. President Casper said he was 'as close to being the ideal of a university faculty member as any colleague I have known in my almost four decades in higher education.' Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Jon Braunman

    (5/4/1995) John Brauman in Faculty Senate. Professor of chemistry, associate dean H&S. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Judith Goldstein

    (05/2001)Judith Goldstein, outgoing director of the Interdisciplinary Program in International Policy Studies, makes a point during a discussion about the program's renewel while Russell Berman, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Norman Naimark, incoming director of the program, listen intently. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • David Kennedy, professor of history; Doug Osheroff, professor of physics; and John Boothroyd professor of microbiology and immunology

    (01/24/2002) David Kennedy, professor of history; Doug Osheroff, professor of physics; and John Boothroyd professor of microbiology and immunology, attended the Faculty Senate meeeting where they were among those named University Fellows in Undergraduate Education. At their rear is Robert Tibshirani, professor of health research and policy. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Pamela Matson

    (10/16/2002) Pamela A. Matson, an already multi-titled professor, accepted the applause of colleagues after President John Hennessy announced her appointment as dean of Earth Sciences Dec. 1. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Ewart Thomas

    (10/9/2003) Ewart Thomas, professor of psychology, at the first meeting of the 2003-2004 Faculty Senate. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Karen Cook

    (1/20/2009) Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology Karen Cook, left, worked with Assistant Academic Secretary Trish Del Pozzo to prepare for an upcoming Faculty Senate meeting. Cook is chair of the 2008-09 Faculty Senate. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Susan McConnell

    (11/04/2010) At the Faculty Senate meeting, professor of biology Susan McConnell (left) and professor of history James Campbell present the first update on from the task force they co-chair on Undergraduate Education. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Harry Elam

    (06/09/2011) Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam at the Faculty Senate meeting. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Richard Roberts

    (10/27/2011) The Faculty Senate heard the annual report of the Committee on Graduate Studies presented by Richard Roberts, chair of the committee, and the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History and professor of African history. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Susan Holmes

    (3/8/2012) Faculty Senate. Statistics professor Susan Holmes, left, discussed the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) proposals. On the right, in green, is economics professor Caroline Hoxby. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Bernard Muir

    (2/7/2013) Faculty Senate. At the second meeting of the winter quarter on Thursday, Stanford's Faculty Senate hears a report from Bernard Muir, director of athletics at Stanford. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • PhD Panel

    (5/16/2013) Faculty Senate. At its meeting on Thursday, the Faculty Senate heard a panel of faculty discuss the future of the PhD degree. The panelists are from left, Bob Simoni, professor of biology; Daniel Herschlag, professor of biochemistry; Josiah Ober, professor of classics; James Plummer, Dean of the School of Engineering and professor in electrical engineering; Debra Satz, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts and a professor of philosophy, and Russell Berman, professor of comparative literature and German studies. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

  • Sarah Church

    (02/20/2014) Sarah Church, professor of physics, speaks at the Faculty Senate about the C-USP/C-RUM recommendation of Undergraduate Joint Majors. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

First meeting

First meeting of the 50th faculty senate. Credit: Linda A. Cicero

The Stanford Faculty Senate will celebrate its fiftieth birthday in 2018. Its creation was a response to the turmoil at Stanford and other universities engendered by the political unrest of the 1960s. Before the founding of the Faculty Senate, Stanford's Academic Council (the body consisting of all tenured and tenure-line faculty) met once a quarter, and a nine-member Executive Committee handled faculty governance in between. But the full Academic Council was too large a body to serve as a forum for debate, and the Executive Committee was too small to represent the range of opinions on the controversial issues of the day.

Central to the issues that divided the campus in the latter half of the 1960s was the Vietnam war. Opposition to the war by students and faculty focused on several aspects of University life. These included Stanford's ROTC programs, classified research conducted on campus, and interviews on campus by the CIA. As the war escalated, opposition to all of these practices grew. With the military draft looming over male students in poor academic standing, the question of providing the Selective Service System with student academic information also became a hot topic.

1969 Faculty Senate Meeting

Faculty Senate meeting, 09/25/1969. Credit: Chuck Painter

Herbert L. Packer

Herbert L. Packer. Credit: Chuck Painter

The person most responsible for the founding of the Faculty Senate was the late Professor of Law Herbert Packer, a member of the Executive Committee. He introduced the idea of a faculty senate and drafted the Senate's Charter. From the beginning, the Faculty Senate was envisioned as serving two functions. First, it has authority over major academic policies related to curriculum, research, and the professoriate. These include the creation of new degree programs and any university-wide educational requirements. Second, it is a forum in which the University's top administrators can exchange information with representatives of the faculty. This allows the faculty to question the administration about policies, while giving the administration the opportunity to solicit faculty input on policy questions.

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Senate I (1968-69)

Senate II (1969-70)

Senate III (1970-71)

Senate IV (1971-72)

Senate V (1972-73)

Senate VI (1973-74)

Senate VII (1974-75)

Senate VIII (1975-76)

Senate IX (1976-77)

Senate X (1977-78)

Senate XI (1978-79)

Senate XII (1979-80)

Senate XIII (1980-81)

Senate XIV (1981-82)

Senate XV (1982-83)

Senate XVI (1983-84)

Senate XVII (1984-85)

Senate XVIII (1985-86)

Senate XIX (1986-87)

Senate XX (1987-88)

Senate XXI (1988-89)

Senate XXII (1989-90)

Senate XXIII (1990-91)

Senate XXIV (1991-92)

Senate XXV (1992-93)

Senate XXVI (1993-94)

Senate XXVII (1994-95)

Senate XXVIII (1995-96)

Senate XXIX (1996-97)

Senate XXX (1997-98)

Senate XXXI (1998-99)

Senate XXXII (1999-00)

Senate XXXIII (2000-01)

Senate XXXIV (2001-02)

Senate XXXV (2002-03)

Senate XXXVI (2003-04)

Senate XXXVII (2004-05)

Senate XXXVIII (2005-06)

Senate XXXIX (2006-07)

Senate XL (2007-08)

Senate XLI (2008-09)

Senate XLII (2009-10)

Senate XLIII (2010-11)

Senate XLIV (2011-12)

Senate XLV (2012-13)

Senate XLVI (2013-14)

Senate XLVII (2014-15)

Senate XLVIII (2015-16)

Senate XLIX (2016-17)

Senate L (2017-18)

schiff

Chair: Leonard I. Schiff (Physics)

winbigler

Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Student-Faculty relations
  • Study of Education at Stanford (SES): Reports and recommendations
  • Status of ROTC
  • Classified research on campus
  • The relationship between the university and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI)
clebsch

Chair: William A. Clebsch (Religious Studies)

winbigler

Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Study of Education at Stanford (SES): Reports and recommendations
  • Committee structures
  • Minority affairs
  • ROTC (challenges of obtaining military training concurrently with one’s university education)
  • Campus disturbances
  • US involvement in Cambodia during the war in Southeast Asia
  • Housing
dornbusch

Chair: Sanford M. Dornbusch (Sociology)

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Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Faculty self-discipline and penalties
  • Graduate education at Stanford (graduate student teaching, PhD dissertations and alternate degrees, financial aid, and other relevant matters)
  • Review and evaluation of the functioning of committees under the reorganization of faculty governance
bershader

Chair: Daniel Bershader (Aeronautics and Astronautics)

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Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Academic appraisal and achievement
  • Use of Stanford land, specifically as related to military purposes
  • Education and employment of women
  • Principles concerning research
  • How to respond to campus disruptions
royden

Chair: Halsey L. Royden (Mathematics)

winbigler

Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Minority affairs
  • Foreign Study Programs: Which programs to end or continue, and the purpose of such programs
  • Affirmative action in graduate programs
  • Education and employment of women
  • Grading and credit transfers
walecka

Chair: J. Dirk Walecka (Physics)

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Academic Secretary: H. Donald Winbigler

Topics of Discussion:

  • Need for a major study of intercollegiate athletics
  • Teaching evaluations: How best to examine teaching practices, how to support students with teaching responsibilities, and the value of student voices in teaching evaluations
  • Leaves for graduate students
  • Affirmative action for staff
  • The professoriate at Stanford
  • Academic freedom

Chair: Gordon A. Craig (History)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Rules for handling grievances by the Advisory Board under the statement on academic freedom
  • Matters concerning non-professorial academic staff, such as length of academic staff appointment prior to continuing appointment, and criteria for entrance to the adjunct professoriate
  • Budget cuts and changes
  • Financial aid for minority students, especially concerning the rising cost of education
  • Grading practices and guidelines for dropping courses

Chair: Eugene J. Webb (Business)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Requiring PhD Programs to be completed in four years
  • Report on the effects of financial aid packaging
  • Standing rules of procedure governing the filing of grievances
  • Proposed library cooperation between Stanford and Berkeley
  • Annual report from the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning a decline in enrollments of minority students in non-professional graduate programs

Chair: Byron D. Sher (Law)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Chair: Byron D. Sher (Law)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Pending legislation affecting Medical School admissions
  • Responses from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies (C-US) to the Final Report of the Committee on Reform and Renewal of Liberal Education at Stanford
  • Resolution concerning an undergraduate language requirement
  • University investment practices, especially with regard to investments in multinational corporations with a presence in South Africa
  • Reports from the Advisory Panel on Recombinant DNA

Chair: Peter D. L. Stansky (History)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Annual report from the Committee on Libraries (C-Lib) regarding library privileges (differences in policies for students and faculty)
  • Statement of reaffirmation of the Honor Code proposed by the Steering Committee
  • The impact of government regulations on higher education
  • A resolution on affirmative language
  • A Western Culture requirement

Chair: William W. Chace (English)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Developments in computing and their impact
  • Research policies and access to funding, specifically focusing on cases of discrimination on the grounds of citizenship
  • Development of a strong Dead Week policy
  • Faculty salaries and retirement
  • Stanford’s overseas programs

Chair: Albert H. Hastorf (Psychology)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Housing cost and difficulties
  • Impacts of Congress establishing the U.S. Department of Education and the implementation of “Circular A-21”
  • The lack of representation of women and other minority groups among Stanford faculty
  • Non-discrimination in research contracts sponsored by foreign agencies
  • New interpretations of Title IX
  • Government and university relations, especially with regards to land use, environmental matters, and human subjects in research
  • Western Culture requirement
  • Distribution requirement
  • Long-range financial forecast

Chair: Nannerl O. Keohane (Political Science)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Policy proposals on development of sponsored research (including participation by the university in the commercial development of Stanford-based research results)
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Federal cuts in research support
  • Retirement policies for faculty members
  • Regulations regarding the termination of graduate students on academic grounds
  • Impacts of government concerns on the possible loss of technological information with a bearing on military security
  • Continued development of the Western Culture Program
  • Status of adjunct professor

Chair: David B. Abernethy (Political Science)

Academic Secretary: Eric Hutchinson

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report of Task Force on Computing; formation of a Committee on Academic Computing and Information Systems (C-ACIS) and a Senate Committee on Emeriti
  • Revised policy of end-quarter grades on transcripts
  • Length of the academic term (quarter vs. semester)
  • Consequences of the new “A-21” regulations on indirect cost recovery
  • Interface between academic research and industry – the “commercialization” of research findings
  • Role of foreign language studies at Stanford; foreign language requirement
  • The Western Culture Program and distribution requirements
  • The Honor Code
  • Recruiting faculty and the cost of housing

Chair: Alexander L. Fetter (Physics)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Weapons-related research at Stanford
  • Distribution requirements
  • Faculty salaries and benefits
  • Formation of a committee to explore and reassess the relations between the Hoover Institution and the university
  • Student evaluations of teaching

Chair: H. Craig Heller (Biology)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Stanford-Hoover relationship
  • Proposal for a Reagan Library at Stanford
  • Institutional and individual ethical responsibilities associated with the potential use of research results
  • Compliance with the university’s consulting policy
  • Weapons-related research at Stanford
  • Financial aid and procedures for diversifying the student body
  • Budget deficit in the Athletics Department
  • Overseas Studies Program
  • Renovation of the Inner Quad

Chair: John Henry Merryman (Law)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Housing needs
  • Potential conflicts of interest for faculty and students in university-industrial relationships
  • Reagan Library
  • The Ward Report on the Hoover Institution
  • Investments and Stanford’s conditional divestment of Motorola
  • NCAA regulation that freshman football and basketball recruits not be eligible to play
  • Centennial Campaign planning
  • The university’s investment policies as they relate to South Africa

Chair: Elie Abel (Communications)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Rationale for the university’s policy regarding the arrest and charging of persons arrested on the campus
  • Negotiations between Stanford and United Stanford Workers
  • Discussion of whether the Hoover Institution has a political mission and whether Stanford should end its relationship with the Hoover Institution
  • University policy guidelines on secrecy in research
  • Centennial Campaign
  • The possible non-extension of Section 127 and its impact on student financial aid
  • Graduate student housing
  • Faculty overdue library materials
  • The university’s investments

Chair: Kenneth J. Arrow (Economics)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • South Africa and divestment
  • Senate oversight of Overseas Studies Program
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library plans
  • University governance issues, especially focusing on the lack of a structure needed to deal with the neighborhood concerns of the residents of Stanford’s campus and the decision-making process used with respect to the Ronald Reagan Library
  • New Initiatives to recruit and retain minorities in non-professional graduate programs

Chair: Gerald J. Lieberman (Statistics)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Proposed legislation on Area One requirement: Cultures, Ideas, and Values (CIV)
  • The possibility of establishing a Continuing Education program at Stanford
  • Connective elements of the Near West Campus design
  • Centennial Campaign
  • Stanford’s proposed building plans and new Santa Clara County regulations

Chair: John Kaplan (Law) (Fall and Winter)

Chair: Patricia P. Jones (Biology) (Spring)

Academic Secretary: Arthur P. Coladarci

Topics of Discussion:

  • Restructuring relations between the Hoover Institution and Stanford University
  • Decline in time available for faculty to conduct research due to service on committees and the need to spend more time applying for grants and contracts
  • Implications of a Continuing Studies Program
  • Report from the Second Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Professoriate
  • The university’s policy of selective divestments from institutions doing business in the Union of South Africa
  • Whether Native Hawaiian students and Puerto Rican students should be included in the “targeted minorities” category
  • Programs to help Stanford personnel become better acquainted with new computing systems
  • A policy on the use of animals in teaching
  • Outlook for the university’s budget
  • Establishment of a Faculty Council of the School of Medicine
  • Frequency of review periods for interdisciplinary programs
  • Recommendations from C-AAA on the Use, Training and Supervision of Teaching Assistants (TAs)
  • Timing of midterm exams

Chair: Carolyn C. Lougee (History)

Academic Secretary: Arthur P. Coladarci

Topics of Discussion:

  • Webb Ranch farm worker conditions
  • Recommendations from the Second Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Professoriate at Stanford
  • SCLC interpretation of Fundamental Standard: Free expression and discriminatory harassment
  • Policy guidelines for multi-authored papers
  • Earthquake damage assessment and prioritization
  • Support for a multicultural curriculum
  • Restructuring for the university’s second century, Action Plans for Change
  • Visit by Mikhail Gorbachev (with briefing by the Chair about the Faculty Senate)

Chair: Charles H. Kruger (Mechanical Engineering)

Academic Secretary: Arthur P. Coladarci (Fall)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush (Winter and Spring)

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report on the existing structure of budget decision-making and recent changes
  • Report on indirect cost negotiations
  • Faculty governance issues
  • Proposal for a Master of Liberal Arts degree in the Continuing Studies Program
  • Amendments to distribution requirements
  • Need to sustain a strong culture of teaching in a research university
  • Petition for a Senate Bill on Benefits Parity for Domestic Partners
  • Establishing an ad hoc Senate Committee on Education and Scholarship at Stanford

Chair: James J. Sheehan (History)

Academic Secretary: Clara N. Bush

Topics of Discussion:

  • Budget crisis and its implications
  • Recommendation for a Senate Planning and Policy Board
  • Report on the decentralization of graduate studies
  • Proposed modification to the policy on Principal Investigator eligibility and exceptions
  • Tuition remission
  • Report from the Senate Committee on Education and Scholarship at Stanford, focusing on administrative services, graduate and professional education, research and scholarship, undergraduate education, and revenue enhancement

Chair: William H. Northway (Radiology/Pediatrics)

Academic Secretary: Marion Lewenstein

Topics of Discussion:

  • Recommendation to revise the intellectual property rights policy for computer software and courseware
  • Salary inequities
  • Decentralization of graduate studies
  • Restructuring the School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Recommendation on the proposed policy of conflict of interest and commitment
  • Recommendation for a Sexual Harassment Policy

Chair: Patricia P. Jones (Biology)

Academic Secretary: Marion Lewenstein

Topics of Discussion:

  • Continuing budget problems
  • Webb Ranch
  • Revised Sexual Harassment policy
  • Report on a proposed Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment policy
  • Review procedures for Interdepartmental Programs (IDP)
  • Grading practices and policies at Stanford
  • Report from the Planning and Policy Board (PPB) on the increasing reliance on non-Academic Council faculty in some teaching programs, the role of teaching and research, and the use of limited resources
  • Student concerns regarding the future of ethnic studies programs
  • WASC Commission’s Diversity Statement
  • Interim report on the Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE)
  • Report of the Provost’s Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty

Chair: Robert D. Simoni (Biology)

Academic Secretary: Marlene F. Wine

Topics of Discussion:

  • Introduction of “Administrative Sessions” for expedited decisions by the Steering Committee
  • Report of the Provost’s Committee on the Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Targeted Minority Students
  • Proposal on proprietary research at SSRL and SLAC
  • Report and recommendations by the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE), including changes in distribution, writing, language, and science requirements and in CIV
  • The future of ethnic studies – creation of the program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE)
  • Questions of PhD overproduction, shifting costs of research from the government to the university, and the cessation of full cost recovery

Chair: Gail A. Mahood (Geological Sciences)

Academic Secretary: Marlene F. Wine (Fall)

Academic Secretary: Susan Schofield (Winter and Spring)

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report from the Commission on Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Recommendation from the Committee on Academic Achievement and Appraisal for a three-year experiment in an Education Program for Gifted Youth
  • Report from the Advising Task Force
  • Recommendation for the provision of an Undergraduate Minor
  • Reports and recommendations from the 1994/95 Ad Hoc Committee on the Professoriate
  • ASSU Senate Resolution requesting a university-wide review of the status and training of teaching assistants
  • Amendments to General Education Requirements
  • Report on Sophomore Seminars and the Sophomore College
  • Recommendations for revisions of the Policy on Secrecy in Research from the Committee on Research
  • Proposal from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education on Writing in the Major
  • Planning and Policy Board recommendations on undergraduate education, graduate education and departmental reviews
  • Update from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education on issues in undergraduate advising

Chair: Michael Bratman (Philosophy)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report from the Provost on departmental reviews
  • Status report on advising and introduction of the Director of Undergraduate Advising
  • Report on a new language requirement and Language Center
  • Report and preliminary discussion of Committee of 15 (C-15) judicial recommendations
  • Interim Report from the Cultures, Ideas and Values (CIV) Review Committee
  • Long-range financial forecast
  • Report on Overseas Studies Programs
  • Report on the implementation of the Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Update on the Report of the Provost's Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty
  • Revisions to the charge of the Committee on Academic Computing and Information Systems (C-ACIS) from the Committee on Committees
  • Recommendation for the Student Judicial Charter of 1997 from the Committee of 15
  • Report on the academic implications of the Stanford/UCSF Hospitals merger
  • Report from the Commission on Technology in Teaching and Learning

Chair: Frances K. Conley (Neurosurgery)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • New policy on the retention of and access to research data
  • Report on the Stanford Museum
  • Report on Stanford Introductory Seminars
  • 1998 Senate Reapportionment Review
  • Policy on Minimum Units for Undergraduate Degrees and Transfer Credit f(rom the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement)
  • Revision of the Statement on Academic Freedom
  • Revision of the Standing Rules of Procedure Governing the Filing and Appeal of Grievances

Chair: Bradley Efron (Statistics)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • Proposed changes to the Copyright Policy
  • Changes to the Tuition Grant Program (from the Committee on Faculty and Staff Benefits)
  • Faculty housing issues
  • Area One Implementation report
  • Proposed Statement on Faculty Appeal Procedures (to replace Statement on Faculty Grievance Procedures)
  • Junior faculty issues

Chair: Mark D. Zoback (Geophysics)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • Recommendation of a new policy on relationships between students and outside entities (from the Committee on Research)
  • Draft Community Plan for Stanford University Lands in Unincorporated Santa Clara County
  • Revised Policy on the use of Stanford University Name and Trademark
  • Revision of Faculty Discipline Policy
  • Interdisciplinary teaching programs
  • Student Judicial Charter amendment
  • Update on residential education programs
  • Faculty Senate and Graduate Student Council joint meeting
  • The Undergraduate Major: Guidelines and policy

Chair: Brad G. Osgood (Electrical Engineering)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • Revision to the charge of the Committee on Research (from the Committee on Committees)
  • Report on undergraduate advising
  • Report on faculty housing programs
  • Broad discussion of interdisciplinary issues
  • Report on child care
  • President’s Statement on Faculty Diversity
  • Recommendations for a policy on Minimum Progress Requirements for Graduate Students and Guidelines for Dismissal of Graduate Students for Academic Reasons, from the Committee on Graduate Studies and the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement
  • Senate visit to SLAC
  • Proposed reorganization of the Language and Literature Departments
  • Proposal for a revised undergraduate writing requirement
  • Stanford in the Community: The General Use Permit (GUP) process
  • Launching of the Campaign for Undergraduate Education

Chair: John R. Rickford (Linguistics)

Academic Secretary: Susan W. Schofield

Topics of Discussion:

  • Aftermath of September 11, 2001
  • Revision of faculty tenure policy
  • Institutional approaches to distance learning (from the Committee on Research)
  • Report on new faculty housing
  • Leave and tenure provisions for new parents
  • Revision of Policy on Sexual Harassment and Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships
  • Proposal for the realignment of three Academic Council Committees (C-AAA, C-US and C-GS); recommendations of charges for a new Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP), a new Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) and revision of the charge to the Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS); from the Committee on Committees

Chair: Hank Greely (Law)

Academic Secretary: Edward D. Harris

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report and request for action: Judicial Affairs Board
  • Resolution on USA Patriot Act and its implications for research
  • Report from the Provost on budget problems and pay and hiring freezes
  • Report from UC Berkeley Senate
  • Resolution about affirmative action in undergraduate admissions
  • Faculty retirement issues and creation of a position for an emeritus representative in the Senate
  • Principal Investigator status of Medical Center Line faculty
  • Renewal of interdisciplinary programs
  • Diversity Action Council Report
  • Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women Faculty

Chair: Thomas Wasow (Linguistics)

Academic Secretary: Edward D. Harris

Topics of Discussion:

  • “Perspectives on Growth” report from the Planning and Policy Board
  • Stanford’s role in intercollegiate athletics
  • Military recruitment on campus
  • Cost of academic journals
  • Survey on Faculty Quality of Life
  • Revisions of two by-laws of the Student Judicial Charter
  • Report on undergraduate advising
  • Report from the Provost's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women Faculty

Chair: Robert M. Polhemus (English)

Academic Secretary: Edward D. Harris

Topics of Discussion:

  • Parking and Transportation Systems report
  • Report on Stanford University Press
  • Revisions to the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Commitment, from the Committee on Research
  • Faculty recruitment and faculty diversity
  • Revision of the General Education Requirements, from the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies
  • High Wire Press and Digitization Project
  • Final Report on the Graduate Student Survey, from the Committee on Graduate Studies
  • Stem Cell Research Policy, from the Committee on Research

Chair: Eric Roberts (Computer Science)

Academic Secretary: Edward D. Harris

Topics of Discussion:

  • Commission on Graduate Education
  • Environmental Health and Safety report on emergency preparedness
  • University Public Affairs
  • Report from the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
  • Google Digitization Project
  • Revision of the Scientific Misconduct Policy, from the Committee on Research
  • Provost's reports on Faculty Gains, Status of Women Faculty and Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Sheri D. Sheppard (Mechanical Engineering)

Academic Secretary: Edward D. Harris

Topics of Discussion:

  • Graduate student diversity
  • K-12 education initiatives
  • Proposal for changes to the academic calendar, from the Committee on Graduate Studies and the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies
  • Ethics Panel
  • Creating a Sustainable Future
  • The structure of I-HUM
  • Study of Writing at Stanford
  • Professorial gains and losses and composition: Recruitment and Retention Survey; Status of Women Faculty
  • Principles of research policy: Tobacco research funding, from the Committee on Research
  • University Architect: Highlights of the 20-year campus plan

Chair: Eamonn K. Callan (Education)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report on the Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA)
  • Proposed revision to the Student Judicial Charter, from the Judicial Affairs Board
  • Discussion on the criteria of Hoover Institution's appointment process
  • Recommendation to revise the charge to the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies, from the Committee on Committees
  • Recommendation for an experimental program in I-HUM (Area One)
  • NCAA Accreditation Report
  • Policy regarding the approval of joint degree programs (JDPs), from the Committee on Graduate Studies
  • Area One of the General Education Requirements, from the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies

Chair: Karen S. Cook (Sociology)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Budget problems in the “Great Recession”: Budget reduction plans, implications for financial aid
  • Dual-career academic couples
  • NCAA Accreditation: Analysis of student graduation rates
  • Revision of the Policy on Nondiscrimination in Research, from the Committee on Research
  • Information security policy and initiatives
  • Update on new facilities in the School of Medicine and how they will transform research and education

Chair: Andrea J. Goldsmith (Electrical Enginering)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Launching of the Task Force for the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES)
  • Report from the Senate ad hoc Committee to Examine Non-Academic Council Appointment Procedures
  • The role of intellectual property in universities and university/industry partnerships
  • Planning & Policy Board report on the handling of the budget crisis
  • The Honor Code Report and panel discussion
  • The role and nature of Stanford institutes
  • The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC): Creation of an ad hoc committee

Chair: David Spiegel (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Progress report from the Task Force on the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES): Revision of the undergraduate curriculum
  • The return of ROTC to Stanford (Report from Senate ad hoc committee on ROTC)
  • Report from President Hennessy on challenges in higher education
  • Student mental health and wellbeing
  • Revisions to the charge of the Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid, by the Committee on Committees
  • A panel discussion on the humanities
  • A panel discussion with the Board of Trustees
  • Protection of research in the event of an earthquake

Chair: Rosemary J. Knight (Geophysics)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Report on the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES): General education requirements; replacing I-HUM with Thinking Matters; Freshman Seminars; Breadth requirements
  • Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy recommendations on the Freshman Year, general education requirements and revisions to the writing requirements
  • Online education
  • Revisions to the Conflict of Interest Policy and revisions to the Policy on Consulting and Other Outside Professional Activities
  • Proposal for a Stanford campus in New York City
  • Conclusion of the “Stanford Challenge”

Chair: Raymond E. Levitt (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Chair: Raymond E. Levitt (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Updates on the implementation of SUES (Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford) recommendations
  • Follow-up discussion on online learning initiatives by the new Vice Provost for Online Learning
  • Panel discussion on number of units in majors
  • Preliminary report by the University Registrar on class scheduling
  • Report from the new Director of Athletics, Bernard Muir
  • Update on the potential impact on research of the federal budget crisis, by the Committee on Research and the Dean of Research
  • Revisions to the Alternative Review Process from the Board of Judicial Affairs
  • Panel discussion on the future of the PhD degree

Chair: David J. Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Chair: David J. Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature)

Academic Secretary: Rex L. Jamison

Topics of Discussion:

  • Online education - MOOCs
  • IT Privacy and Security
  • Pilot program for “CS+Humanities” degrees
  • Renewal of PI-ship trial for some Post-Docs at the Medical School
  • Task Force on Health and Safety in Research Labs
  • Report on Faculty Gains & Losses and Status of Women Faculty
  • Managing classroom scheduling and redesign of scheduling blocks

Russell A. Berman (German)

Academic Secretary: Hans N. Weiler

Topics of Discussion:

  • State of the Humanities at Stanford
  • Student mental health
  • Issues of civility and controversy in campus debates
  • Alternative career patterns for PhDs
  • Athletes’ head trauma
  • A petition for the Senate to recommend that Stanford become a non-smoking campus
  • The Stanford Energy System Innovation Project (SESI)
  • Diversity efforts and pipeline issues in faculty recruitment
  • Status of late career practitioners at the Medical Center

Kathryn Ann Moler (Applied Physics)

Academic Secretary: Hans N. Weiler

Topics of Discussion:

  • The Open Xchange Initiative
  • ASSU resolution in support of reaffirming Stanford’s commitment to Indigenous and Native American community, identity, dignity, and space
  • Planning and Policy Board (PPB) report on the housing crisis
  • Update from the Task Force on Women in Leadership
  • State of undergraduate education given changing demographics, social and emotional intelligence, and educational mindset
  • IT security and privacy
  • ASSU joint resolution in support of proposed ideas to augment sexual and relationship violence prevention efforts at Stanford

Chair: Debra Satz (Philosophy)

Academic Secretary: Hans N. Weiler

Topics of Discussion:

  • The need for a more holistic and integrated approach to education
  • A report from Bridging Education, Ambition and Meaningful Work (BEAM)
  • Update on Title IX Processes
  • Exploratory discussion on Non-Tenure Track Instructors
  • Report from the PPB examining the shift in undergraduate major choice over recent years
  • The relevance of two key first-year programs: Thinking Matters and Introductory Seminars
  • Report on the Arts at Stanford
  • Interim report on Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing

Chair: Elizabeth Hadly (Biology)

Academic Secretary: Thomas Wasow

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Events

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Former President Gherard Casper

Gerhard Casper. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

April 19, 2018

Stanford Historical Society Symposium

The Faculty Senate: Fifty Years of Academic Governance

On April 19, 2018, the Stanford Historical Society will hold a symposium reflecting on the first fifty years of the Senate, featuring President Emeritus Gerhard Casper, Academic Secretary Emerita Susan W. Schofield, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Peter Stansky.

At this event, a book entitled The Stanford Senate of the Academic Council: Reflections on Fifty Years of Faculty Governance, 1968 - 2018 will be available. This volume, written, compiled, and edited by Peter Stansky, Ethan W. Ris, Susan W. Schofield, and Hans N. Weiler, will also contain photographs and brief pieces by most of the past Faculty Senate Chairs, reflecting on their year as Senate Chair.

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The Stanford Senate of the Academic Council: Reflections on Fifty Years of Faculty Governance, 1968 - 2018

Nannerl O. Keohane

Nannerl O. Keohane. Credit: Chuck Painter

May 17, 2018

Academic Council Symposium

Looking Forward at 50: The Future of Faculty Governance in Higher Education

A second symposium will be held on May 17, 2018 as part of the annual meeting of the Academic Council. The focus of this symposium will be will be the future of faculty governance in higher education and the challenges it faces in a time of shifting demographic, economic, and political environments.

The speakers will be Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State; Nannerl Keohane, Professor in Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, President Emerita of Wellesley College and Duke University, and Stanford Faculty Senate Chair Emerita; and Hans N. Weiler, Professor Emeritus of Education and Political Science and Academic Secretary Emeritus at Stanford, and Emeritus Rektor of Viadrina European University in Germany.