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Welcome to the 36th Senate of the Academic Council 

Here you can review all the agendas, minutes, reports, and memorial resolutions for the 2003-04 year. 

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

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Annual Academic Council Meeting

White Fountain

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
2003-2004 Agenda

Schedule of Meetings of Senate XXXXVI
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. 

Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
10/09/03 1/22/04 4/15/04
10/23/03 2/05/04 4/29/04
11/06/03 2/19/04 5/13/04
12/04/03 3/04/04 5/27/04

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

Highlights of the 36th Senate include

  • Recommendation to change application procedures policy for co-terminal master's degrees from the Committee on Graduate Studies
  • Survey on Faculty Quality of Life
    12/4/03 and 1/22/04
  • Revisions of two by-laws of the Student Judicial Charter
  • Report from Kathleen Sullivan, Dean of the Law School
  • Report on Undergraduate Advising
  • Report from the Provost's Advisory Committee on Status of Women Faculty
  • Perspectives on Growth from the Planning and Policy Board

Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter 

Winter Quarter 

Spring Quarter