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Fiftieth Faculty Senate has concluded

 The 50th Faculty Senate has concluded and the 51st Senate meetings will begin in October. 

The Faculty Senate Turning Fifty

The Stanford Faculty Senate is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.  On April 19, the Stanford Historical Society sponsored a panel discussion reflecting on the Faculty Senate's first half century.  That panel focused on the past and present, particularly the circumstances leading to the creation of the Senate, the role it has played in important developments at Stanford during the past five decades, and the ways it is different from the corresponding bodies at other American universities.  

On May 17, as part of the annual meeting the Academic Council, another panel, entitled "Looking Forward at 50:  The Future of Faculty Governance in Higher Education," addressed the  critical issues facing higher education in the twenty-first century.  This panel brought together three former university presidents to reflect on the future of the faculty role in the governance of higher education.  While all have deep Stanford connections, the universities they led are on three different continents.  This geographical diversity reflects one striking change in academia over the past fifty years, namely, its globalization. 

The speakers were: 

  • Nannerl Keohane, Visiting Scholar at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford Faculty Senate Chair emerita, and former President of Wellesley College and Duke University; click here for her remarks.
  • Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and former Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa; click here for his remarks.
  • Hans N. Weiler, Stanford Professor emeritus of Education and of Political Science and Academic Secretary emeritus, and founder and former President of Viadrina European University; click here for his remarks.

2017-18 Schedule of Meetings of Senate L
School of Law, Room 180, Thursday, 3:15pm 

The Senate meets biweekly during the academic year. Senators should be aware that if special meetings of the Senate need to be scheduled, which occurs infrequently, they will be scheduled on the intervening Thursdays. 

If you are a Stanford community member interested in attending a Senate meeting please contact Adrienne Emory at

Agendas and Minutes as they become available, can be viewed by clicking on the links in the table below.



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Administrative Sessions of the Steering Committee on Behalf of the Senate

The Steering Committee (StC) holds administrative sessions as needed to hear routine or administrative matters that would otherwise come before the full Senate.  This allows the Senate to spend more time on issues that need broader discussion and debate prior to action. All Senators are welcome to attend administrative sessions.