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39th Faculty Senate

Welcome to the 39th Senate of the Academic Council 

Here you can review all the agendas, minutes, reports, and memorial resolutions for the 2006-07 year. 

Sheri Sheppard, Senate Chair

Sheri Sheppard

Sheri Sheppard is the Burton J and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan. At Stanford Professor Sheppard investigates weld fatigue and impact failures and other aspects of structural integrity. She has served in the Senate for 7 years, including a year on the Steering Committee, 2 years on the Committee on Committees, serving on the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies (a precursor to the Committe on Undergraduate Standards and Polices and the Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors). She has been at Stanford since 1986.  

39th 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 Sheppard are 

  • Professor Rusell Berman, German Studies, vice chair
  • Professor Timothy Bresnahan, Economics
  • Professor Karen Cook, Sociology
  • Professor Stephen Hinton, Music
  • Professor Susanna Loeb, Education
  • Professor David Stevenson, Pediatrics
  • Provost John Etchemendy, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Edward Harris, ex officio


Senate Membership

Senate 39 roster by name
Senate 39 roster by electorial unit 
Senate 39 seating chart


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Annual Academic Council Meeting

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.

Annual Academic Council Minutes of May 17, 2007
2006-2007 Agenda

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Senate Resources 

Information on parlimentary procedures, Senate charter and history of the Senate. 
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