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Stanford Report, July 2, 1997

Faculty Minutes, part 2: 7/2/97

For the Record:

Faculty Senate Report, June 12 Meeting


Report from the Committee on Committees

Professor Street, CoC Chair, offered a brief report on the committee's activities over the past year. He explained that CoC reacts to the need to fill vacancies on Academic Council, University, and other committees, boards, and panels across the University. He stated that issues for CoC include diversity of participation along gender, ethnic and disciplinary lines, drawing in faculty who have not previously or recently served on committees, and involving those who volunteer. Street reported that during 1996/97 CoC had come up with 62 nominations for 22 Academic Council committee vacancies, and had nominated 128 people for 56 additional committee positions. The nominees included a total of 50 with no prior committee service, 21 volunteers, 45 women, and 24 ethnic minorities, he said. Noting that CoC needs to nominate two to three times as many people as there are vacancies, he commented that, "Sabbaticals and individuals' willingness to serve often frustrate our well-conceived intent to place people on committees where we think they would do a good job." Though there are a few 1997/98 committee vacancies left to fill, that work is in progress, he said. "By and large, CoC has now completed the task that was set for us." Chair Bratman thanked the members of CoC for their efforts, and Street in particular for his willingness to continue as CoC Chair the following year.

Reports from the President and the Provost

President Casper advised that he had promulgated the Computer and Network Usage Policy, previously discussed by the Senate, effective June 11, 1997. On behalf of the Provost and himself, he thanked that Senate for an extraordinarily productive and constructive year, and expressed appreciation to the many faculty who served on committees university-wide. "At the risk of discriminating unfairly," he singled out for their efforts on particularly difficult assignments Rob Polhemus for chairing the CIV Review Committee, Anne Fernald for chairing C-US, and Mark Zoback for leading the Committee of Fifteen. Casper also thanked John Etchemendy for chairing the President's Commission on Technology in Teaching and Learning for three years, "devoting himself in extraordinary ways to one of the most difficult, long-term issues facing the university," all of that while concurrently being a professor of philosophy, "attending to philosophical emergencies" [a la Bratman], and serving as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences.

The Provost had no report, and there were no questions for the President or the Provost. "People can't wait to get on to that reception," Rice joked.