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Welcome to the 39th Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Sheri Sheppard, Senate Chair

Professor Sheri Sheppard

Sheri Sheppard is the Burton J and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan. At Stanford Professor Sheppard investigates weld fatigue and impact failures and other aspects of structural integrity. She has served in the Senate for 7 years, including a year on the Steering Committee, 2 years on the Committee on Committees, serving on the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies (a precursor to the Committe on Undergraduate Standards and Polices and the Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors). She has been at Stanford since 1986.  

39th 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 Sheppard are 

  • Professor Rusell Berman, German Studies, vice chair
  • Professor Timothy Bresnahan, Economics
  • Professor Karen Cook, Sociology
  • Professor Stephen Hinton, Music
  • Professor Susanna Loeb, Education
  • Professor David Stevenson, Pediatrics
  • 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 May 17, 2007

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 

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter