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Larry Diamond, Julie Kennedy named faculty directors of the Haas Center

Diamond and Kennedy will succeed Gabriel Garcia, who has served as faculty director since September 2006.Tom Schnaubelt, who joined the Haas Center as its executive director in April 2009, will continue in that capacity. They will assume their positions in the fall.

 

L.A. Cicero Julie Kennedy and Larry Diamond

Julie Kennedy, senior lecturer and associate director in the Earth Systems Program, and Larry Diamond, senior fellow at Hoover and FSI, will be the new faculty directors of Stanford's Haas Center.

BY ELAINE C. RAY

Larry Diamond and Julie Kennedy have been named faculty directors of the Haas Center for Public Service. Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI); Kennedy is a senior lecturer and associate director in the Earth Systems Program. She also holds senior lecturer positions in the Woods Institute for the Environment and in the Environmental Earth Systems Science Department.

They will succeed Gabriel Garcia, professor of medicine and associate dean of admissions at the School of Medicine, who has served as faculty director since September 2006. Tom Schnaubelt, who joined the Haas Center as its executive director in April 2009, will continue in that capacity.

Provost John Etchemendy announced the appointments, which are effective in September, on Wednesday, May 19.

Larry Diamond

In addition to being a fellow at Hoover and FSI, Diamond is a professor, by courtesy of political science and of sociology. He serves on the Haas Center's faculty steering committee and as chair of the FSI-Haas International Public Service Advisory Committee. He won the 2007 Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education. Diamond holds three degrees from Stanford: a bachelor's degree in political organization and behavior, a master's from the Food Research Institute and a doctorate in sociology.

Diamond said he looks forward to working with Kennedy and Schnaubelt and the campus community to expand service-learning opportunities in the center's three emerging focus themes: education, health and the environment.

"The Haas Center is central to advancing Stanford's unique founding mission of a university that weds excellence in teaching and research with practical efforts to serve the wider community and develop effective and public-spirited citizens and leaders," he said, adding that he also is excited about extending the international reach of Haas activities. "Anyone who has worked with the remarkable students who become involved with the Haas Center can instantly appreciate the importance and appeal of this position." 

Julie Kennedy

Kennedy also serves on the FSI-Haas International Public Service Advisory Committee. As a senior lecturer in the Earth Systems Program, she specializes in interdisciplinary environmental education with emphasis on curriculum development, interdisciplinary problem analysis, and effective communication to expert and non-expert audiences.

Kennedy earned her bachelor's degree in geology from the University of California-Davis and her doctoral degree in geology from Stanford. She was promoted to senior lecturer in the Earth Systems Program in 1998 and became its associate director in 2001.

She has served as a senior lecturer at the Woods Institute for the Environment since 2005 and in the Environmental Earth Systems Science Department since 2007. Kennedy has received the School of Earth Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award twice, in 1998 and in 2006, and the Dinkelspiel Award in 2002. Kennedy was named a Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education in 2008.

Kennedy, who has been deeply involved with students through advising and committee service, says she looks forward to "taking Haas to a new level." She said that the center's new strategic initiatives, which focus on education, health and the environment, "speak to the academic experience here" but also to the "profound challenges" students will face in the future.

"My hope would be to think more about bringing service learning more deeply into the academic mission, integrating it into their studies and into their intellectual lives." She also hopes that through the Haas Center's work, more faculty members will integrate service learning into their research and teaching interests.

Garcia became the Haas Center's faculty director in September 2006. During his tenure, he helped expand interdisciplinary faculty engagement with the Haas Center and co-led the center's strategic planning process with Schnaubelt.

"The Haas Center is like a garden in its amazing variety of programs and initiatives. Each Haas director has added new beauty and diversity to the garden, and Gabe has nurtured several new sections that will last long after his tenure as director," Etchemendy said Wednesday afternoon at a reception in honor of Garcia. "Most prominent among these is a strong new relationship with Stanford's School of Medicine and a focus on community health."

About Garcia's successors,  Etchemendy added: "I am enthusiastic about the dynamic leadership that Larry Diamond and Julie Kennedy will provide the Center, and look forward to the new flowers that will bloom under their direction."