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Welcome to the 34th Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

John Rickford, Senate Chair

Professor John Rickford

John Rickford, the E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and Professor, by courtesy, of Education, served in the Senate for 4 years, including 2 years on the Steering Committee and the committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. At Stanford since 1980, his linguistic research focuses on the application of lingustics to ethnic identity and social class. Professor Rickford received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. 

34th 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 Rickford are 

  • Professor Henry Greely, Law, vice chair
  • Professor Hans Andersen, Chemistry
  • Professor Keith Baker, History
  • Professor Russell Berman, German Studies
  • Professor Luis Fraga, Political Science
  • Professor Jeffrey Koseff, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor George Parker, Graduate School of Education
  • Provost John Etchemendy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Susan Schofield, ex officio

Senate Membership


Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter 

Winter Quarter 

Spring Quarter 

Annual Academic Council Meeting

President Hennessy 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 April 18, 2002

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