Ad Hoc Committees

Course Evaluation Committee

At the Provost’s request, Russell Berman, Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, has agreed to lead a committee to design a new course evaluation form in light of the SUES recommendations. The goal is an instrument more closely tied to student learning, rather than just satisfaction, and tailored to the specific class and its format, teaching practices, and learning goals.


  • Russell Berman (Chair), Comparative Literature
  • Tom Black, Registrar
  • Sarah Church, Physics
  • Jennifer Crosby, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Robyn Dunbar, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Helen Doyle, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Thomas Ehrlich, Graduate School of Education
  • Margot Gerritsen, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Caroline Hoxby, Economics
  • Jon Krosnick, Communication
  • Corrie Potter, Institutional Research and Decision Support
  • Sheri Sheppard, Mechanical Engineering


Contact: Suggestions for the Course Evaluation Committee may be submitted online using our webform.

Helix Committee

In 2012, the SUES report recommended an elective cluster of interdisciplinary courses called a Helix. Like the spokes of a helix connected by its spiral scaffolding, these three or four courses will be united both by a shared theme and by a dedication to the overarching frame of Stanford’s larger liberal arts mission. Chaired by Michele Elam, Professor of English, Olivier Nomellini University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor, the Helix Committee will make recommendations about implementation of Helix clusters to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.


  • Michele Elam (Chair), English
  • Thomas Ehrlich, Education
  • Andrea Goldsmith, Electrical Engineering
  • Rosemary Knight, Geophysics
  • Katherine Preston, Human Biology
  • Gabriella Safran, Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Scott Sagan, Political Science
  • Sharon Palmer, VPUE
  • Mariatte Denman, Center for Teaching and Learning