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45th Faculty Senate

Welcome to the 45th Senate of the Academic Council. Here you can keep up to date with Senate actions and discussions, and view all the agendas, minutes, reports, and memorial resolutions for the 2012-13 year.


Ray Levitt, Senate Chair

Ray Levitt

Ray Levitt is the Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Professor Levitt graduated from Witwatersrand University in South Africa with a BSCE Cum Laude. He did his graduate work at Stanford, earning his PhD in 1975. He has been at Stanford since 1980 and served in the Senate for 5 years, including 2 years on the Steering Committee and one year on the Committee on Committees.


45th 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 Levitt are 

  • Professor David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, vice chair
  • Professor Linda Boxer, Medicine 
  • Professor Michele Elam, English 
  • Professor Susan Holmes, Statistics
  • Associate Professor (Teaching) Jay Mitchell, Law
  • Senior Fellow Stephen Stedman, Freeman Spogli Institute 
  • Professor Mark Zoback, Geophysics 
  • Provost John Etchemendy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Rex Jamison, ex officio

Senate Panel

Senate Membership

Senate 45 roster by name
Senate 45 roster by electoral unit 
Senate 45 FACE 
Senate 45 student representatives


White Fountain

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.

Academic Council Minutes of April 18, 2013
2012-2013 agenda


Main Quad

Senate Resources 

Information on parlimentary procedures, Senate charter and history of the Senate. 
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