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Welcome to the 32nd Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Mark Zoback, Senate Chair

Professor Mark Zoback

The Benjamin M. Page Professor in Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Mark Zoback earned his PhD from Stanford. His research focuses on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and the occurrence of induced and triggered earthquakes. At Stanford since 1984, he has served in the Senate for 9 years, including 3 years on the Steering Committee and 1 year on the Committee on Committees. 

32nd Steering Committee of the Senate 

The Steering Committee (StC) of the Senate sets the Senate agenda, confers degrees for the Summer, Autumn and Winter quarters, and serves at Administrative Sessions of the StC to review undergraduate and graduate programs on behalf of the Senate. StC members are elected each year by the Senate. Joining Chair Zoback are 

  • Professor Brad Osgood, Electrical Engineering, vice chair
  • Professor Phyllis Gardner, Molecular Pharmacology
  • Professor Deborah Gordon, Biological Sciences
  • Professor Craig Heller, Biological Sciences
  • Professor Mary Pratt, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Professor James Sheehan, History
  • Provost John Hennessy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Susan Schofield, ex officio

Senate Membership


Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter 

Winter Quarter 

Spring Quarter 

Annual Academic Council Meeting

The President convenes the Academic Council faculty annually to deliver a state of the university address.  The Senate Chair reports on the highlights of the Senate.
Annual Academic Council Minutes of March 2, 2000

Administrative Sessions of the StC on Behalf of the Senate 


The StC holds administrative sessions on an as needed basis 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. 

Autumn Quarter