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Welcome to the 41st Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Karen Cook, Senate Chair

Professor Karen Cook

Karen Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences. She studies social interaction, social networks and trust. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, she has served in the Senate for 6 years, including 2 years on the Steering Committee and 3 years on the Advisory Board, which reviews tenure and promotions. Professor Cook has been at Stanford since 1998. 

41st 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 Cook are 

  • Professor Harvey Cohen, Pediatrics vice chair
  • Professor Lanier Anderson, Philosophy
  • Professor Jonathan Bendor, Graduate School of Business 
  • Professor Margaret Brandeau, Management Science and Engineering
  • Professor Harry Elam, Drama
  • Professor Hank Greely, Law
  • Provost John Etchemendy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Rex Jamison, 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.
Minutes of April 30, 2009

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