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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

Professor 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 Membership

Senate Panel



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

2012-13 Schedule of Meetings of Senate XLV
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
10/11/12 1/24/13 4/18/13
10/25/12 2/07/13 5/02/13
11/08/12 2/21/13 5/16/13
12/06/12 3/07/13 5/30/13

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 45th Senate include

  • Updates on the implementation of SUES (Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford) recommendations
    11/08/12 and 6/13/13.
  • A follow up discussion on online learning initiatives by the new Vice Provost for Online Learning, John Mitchell
  • A panel discussion on units in majors.
  • A preliminary report by Unversity Registrar Tom Black on class scheduling
  • A report from the new Director of Athletics, Bernard Muir
  • An update on the potential impact on research from the federal budget crisis by the Committee on Research and Dean of Research Ann Arvin
  • Revisions to the Alternative Review Process from the Board of Judicial Affairs
  • A panel discussion on the future of the PhD Degree

Senate Minutes 

Autumn Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter