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05/13/91

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Sheehan elected chair of '91-92 Faculty Senate

STANFORD -- James J. Sheehan, professor of history and Dickason Professor in Humanities, was elected chair of the Stanford Faculty Senate for 1991-92.

He succeeds mechanical engineering Prof. Charles Kruger.

Serving with Sheehan on the Senate Steering Committee will be Profs. Charles A. Holloway, Graduate School of Business; William H. Northway, diagnostic radiation/nuclear medicine and pediatrics; Nancy H. Packer, English; and Richard N. Zare, chemistry.

The Faculty Senate was formed in 1968 to serve as the representative body of the Academic Council, which includes more than 1,300 Stanford professors. The 55-member Senate approves degrees and sets university policy on curriculum, academic programs, admissions and research.

Sheehan joined the Stanford faculty in 1979 after serving on the faculty of Northwestern University from 1964 to 1979. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1958 and his doctorate in history from the University of California-Berkeley in 1964, and was an instructor at Stanford during 1962-64.

Sheehan was chairman of the History Department from 1982 to 1985 and became the first holder of the Dickason chair in 1986. A specialist in modern German history, his research deals with the relationship between social, cultural and political developments between the French Revolution and World War I.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the author of Die Rolle der Nation in der deutschen Geschichte (edited, with Otto Busch), German Liberalism in the 19th Century, Imperial Germany and a volume on Germany from 1770 to 1866 for the Oxford University History of Modern Europe series.

Education Prof. Lee S. Shulman was elected from Advisory Group I to the Advisory Board. Group I represents the Graduate School of Business, Education and Law. The Advisory Board, composed of seven full professors, each elected from one of seven electoral groups, provides university-wide review of all academic appointments. Elected alternates from Group I include Eugene J. Webb, David W. Brady and David M. Kreps, all of the Graduate School of Business, and J. Myron Atkin, education.

Statistics Prof. Bradley Efron was elected from Advisory Group III, representing Humanities and Sciences Section A: Sciences. Elected as alternates were Halsey L. Royden, mathematics; Richard N. Zare, chemistry; Alexander L. Fetter, physics; and John I. Brauman, chemistry.

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