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Recent news from the Faculty Senate

The Senate met on June 24, 2021

Summary here.  Report of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Legal Representation

The next Senate meeting will be held October 07, 2021 

Fifty-Fourth Faculty Senate Elects New Chair and Vice Chair 

The members of Stanford’s 54th Senate have elected Ruth O'Hara, Director, Spectrum, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor, as its Chair for the Senate’s 2021-22 year, and Mark Horowitz, Yahoo! Founders Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science, as the Senate’s Vice Chair. Read more

54th 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, Ruth O'Hara are:    

  • Mark Horowitz, Vice Chair (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)   

  • Sarah Billington (Civil & Environmental Engineering)  

  • Steven Chu (Physics)    

  • Deborah Hensler (Law) 

  • Ato Quayson (Interdisciplinary Studies and English)

  • Robert Reich (Political Science)  

  • Dustin Schroeder (Geophysics)

  • Lisa Surwillo (Iberian & Latin American Cultures)

  • Persis Drell (Provost, ex-officio) 

  • Tom Wasow (Academic Secretary, ex-officio)

  • Adrienne Emory (Assistant Academic Secretary, Staff)

2021-22 Schedule of Meetings of Senate LIV
Senate meetings for this academic year are held via zoom

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. 

If you are a Stanford community member interested in attending a Senate meeting please contact Adrienne Emory at

Agendas and Minutes, as they become available, can be viewed by clicking on the links in the table below.

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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.