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Welcome to the 36th Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Tom Wasow, Senate Chair

Professor Tom Wasow

Tom Wasow, the Clarence Irving Lewis Professor in Philosophy and Professor of Linguistics, has an extensive history of university service, having served in the Senate for 12 years, including 2 years on the Steering Committee and chair of the Committee on Committees, multiple years on the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement, the Committee on Academic Computing and Information Systems, the Committee on Graduate Studies, the Committee on the Review of Undergraduate Majors, the Committee on Libraries, and more than 10 years on the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, including one as chair. Professor Wasow received his PhD from MIT and joined the Stanford faculty in 1973. His research  focuses on English syntax, psycholinguistics and philosophy of linguistics. 

36th 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 Wasow are 

  • Professor Hester Gelber, Religious Studies, vice chair
  • Professor Timothy Bresnahan, Economics
  • Professor Robert Dutton, Electrical Engineering 
  • Professor Stanley Falkow, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor Patricia Jones, Biological Sciences
  • Professor Norman Naimark, History
  • Provost John Etchemendy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Edward Harris, 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 15, 2004

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. 

Winter Quarter  

Spring Quarter