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53rd Faculty Senate

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Welcome to the 53rd Senate of the Academic Council. 

Chair, Judith L. Goldstein   

Professor Judith Goldstein pictured here

Judith L. Goldstein is the Chair for the Department of Political Science, the Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and was previously the Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), she serves as chair of the editorial board of the journal International Organization, is a member of the Provost’s budget committee and has served on, or chaired, many academic council committees. Her research focuses on the inter-relationship between politics and economics with a focus on the international trade policy. She has written and/or edited six books and contributed numerous journals to academic journals. Goldstein has a BA from the University of California Berkeley, a MA degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from UCLA. 

Vice Chair, Blakey Vermeule  

Professor Blakey Vermeule pictured here

Blakey Vermeule is the Albert Guérard Professor of English and Chair of the English department. She writes and teaches about moral psychology and ethics from an evolutionary point of view. In addition to evolutionary moral psychology, her research interests are the rise of cognitive science and its role in shaping our collective self-understanding. She is the author of The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2000); Why Do We Care About Literary Characters? (2009), both from The Johns Hopkins University Press and, with Jennifer Summit, Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters (2018) from the University of Chicago Press. She is writing a book about contemporary mind science.

53rd 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 to the StC to review undergraduate and graduate programs on behalf of the Senate. StC members are elected each year by the Senate. Joining Chair, Judith L. Goldstein are: 

  • Blakey Vermeule, Vice Chair (English)   
  • Mark Horowitz (Electrical Engineering)   
  • Gavin Jones (English)  
  • Jay Mitchell (Law School)   
  • Ruth O'hara (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) 
  • Robert Reich (Political Science) 
  • Mehran Sahami (Computer Science)  
  • Dustin Schroeder (Geophysics)
  • Christine Min Wotipka (Graduate School of Education) 
  • Persis Drell (Provost, ex-officio) 
  • Tom Wasow (Academic Secretary, ex-officio)
  • Adrienne Emory (Assistant Academic Secretary, Staff)

Senate Membership     


Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter 

Winter Quarter 

Spring Quarter

Annual Academic Council Meeting 

The President convenes the Academic Council faculty annually to deliver a state of the university address.  The Senate Chair reports on the highlights of the Senate.

        2021 MINUTES

Administrative Sessions of the Steering Committee on Behalf of the Senate

The Steering Committee (StC) holds administrative sessions as needed 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.