Faculty and Staff News

Report of the President: Academic Council Professoriate appointments

The Academic Council Professoriate appointments, promotions, and reappointments for the periods indicated were reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Academic Council on September 8, September 22, September 29, October 20, October 27, and November 3, 2015, and were approved by the President.

Redwood City campus concept

Stanford takes next step toward Redwood City Campus

The Board of Trustees has approved plans for the contemporary Stanford in Redwood City campus, an amenity-filled workplace and the university's first significant expansion beyond the main campus.

From CourseWork to Canvas: Stanford embarks on a major transition in learning platforms

With today's launch of a new learning management platform, the university's faculty and instructional staff gain new tools for advancing their teaching.

Members of the Faculty Senate in hard hats walking through the facility. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Faculty Senate tours Stanford's new energy facility

The senate held its last meeting of fall quarter in the university's new Central Energy Facility, which opened with great fanfare last spring.

Professor Elizabeth Tallent

Stanford professor explores transformative relationships in new story collection

Stanford English Professor Elizabeth Tallent addresses how relationships shape our identity in her latest collection of short stories.

Professor Kathryn Ann Moler

Physicist presides over Stanford's Faculty Senate

Kathryn A. Moler, who earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in physics at Stanford and joined the faculty in 1998, is the chair of this year's Faculty Senate. The senate's final meeting of the quarter will be held Dec. 3.

Adam Johnson / L.A. Cicero

Adam Johnson wins National Book Award

Stanford English professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson earns a 2015 National Book Award for Fortune Smiles, a collection of short stories.

front facade of Kingscote Gardens building / Kate Chesley

Kingscote Gardens renovation planned

The historic Kingscote Gardens apartment building, located off Lagunita Drive next to the Faculty Club, will be renovated to primarily accommodate student services offices.

Karlheinz Merkle

Karlheinz Merkle to receive 2015 Marsh O'Neill Award

Merkle, who supervises the Physics Machine Shop, has won the annual prize given to staff members who have made outstanding contributions to Stanford's research mission.

Deborah Stipek sitting at a desk / L.A. Cicero

Deborah Stipek named Haas Center faculty director

Deborah Stipek, former dean of the Graduate School of Education, will become faculty director of the Haas Center for Public Service in fall 2016, succeeding Larry Diamond and Julie Kennedy.

Persis Drell talking to the Faculty Senate. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford Engineering: Driven by desire to have an impact on the world

The speakers at the Faculty Senate meeting yesterday included Professor Persis Drell, dean of the School of Engineering, and Professor Andrew Fire, chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on IT Privacy and Security.

Rene Girard in his library / L.A. Cicero

Stanford professor and eminent French theorist René Girard, member of the Académie Française, dies at 91

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died Nov. 4 at 91.

Faculty Senate to convene on Thursday

At Thursday's meeting, the Faculty Senate will hear presentations on the School of Engineering; academic computing and information systems; and IT privacy.

labyrinth at Windhover contemplative center / L.A. Cicero

Stanford puts the spotlight on quieting the busy mind

A series of events, "Contemplation by Design," kicks off Nov. 4 with the goal of slowing down the thinking mind and refreshing the inner self. The effort is aimed at helping boost individual well-being as well as the campus community's sense of discovery and rejuvenation.

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Stanford's new European Security Initiative focuses on changing geopolitical landscape

The new European Security Initiative at Stanford will examine the long-term policy issues and trends in Europe's changing geopolitical landscape, especially given Russia's growing aggression in the region.