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Stanford Report, March 11, 1998

Faculty Senate minutes 3/5/98 meeting

Minutes from March 5 Faculty Senate meeting



At its meeting of Thursday, March 5, 1998, the Senate of the Academic Council took the following action:

1. By unanimous voice vote, as recommended by the Committee on Graduate Studies, the Senate reauthorized the Executive Committee of the Graduate Program in Humanities to nominate candidates for the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees for five years effective September 1, 1998.


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Call to Order

Chair Frances Conley called the March 5th meeting of Senate XXX to order at 3:17 p.m. There were 36 voting members, 11 ex-officio members, and several guests in attendance. Conley welcomed Professor Malcolm Beasley (Applied Physics) to Senate, replacing Professor Brad Efron (Statistics).

Approval of Minutes (SenD#4786)

The minutes of the February 19, 1998 meeting of the Senate were approved as submitted.

Memorial Resolutions

The Chair recognized Professor Lawrence Mathers (Surgery), on behalf of a committee consisting of himself and Professor Robert Chase, to present a memorial resolution in honor of Hadley Kirkman, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy. Conley also warmly welcomed Gladys Kirkman, Professor Kirkman's widow. [The full text of the resolution will be published in the Stanford Report of March 11, 1998.] Following this resolution members of the Senate stood for the traditional moment of silence.

Dr. Hadley Kirkman died on September 13, 1997, at the age of 96, following a long illness. Together with his beloved wife Gladys, he made his house a home for more than 100 advanced degree students who became part of the extended Kirkman family. He was born during William McKinley's administration, acquired his doctoral degree during Roosevelt's second term, and died during Clinton's second term. During his long and productive life, including 61 years on the Stanford faculty, he built a career that signified the best in what we expect of scholars at Stanford University ­ important contributions in research, a significant role in thousands of younger colleagues' education, training and their own academic careers, a devotion to excellence in the classroom, and a genuine commitment to the life of the community, the nation, and the human family as a whole. His notable research in cytopathology earned him great respect and his career was punctuated by several teaching awards. Hadley Kirkman loved Stanford University, and in recent years undertook the task of recording the history of the Department of Anatomy in precise detail. He was deeply respected, admired, and loved by his faculty peers throughout the School of Medicine and Stanford at large. He lives on in us, and his special qualities as a person will be reflected in our careers and in the lives of all of us who were fortunate enough to be touched by him.

Conley then recognized Professor George Springer to present a memorial resolution in honor of Nicholas Hoff, on behalf of a committee consisting of Professors Stephen Tsai, Walter Vincenti, and himself. [The full text of the resolution will be published in the Stanford Report of March 11, 1998.] The Senate acknowledged their colleague by standing for a moment of silence.

Nicholas Hoff, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Emeritus, died on August 14, 1997. He had been a Stanford faculty member since 1957, and chaired his department from its establishment that year until his retirement in 1971. He was best known for his pioneering work on the stability of reinforced thin-walled structures such as those used for fuselages and wings of today's commercial aircraft. Hoff received virtually every major award in his field and was elected to the U. S. National Academy of Engineering and to the French and Hungarian Academies of Sciences. His friends, colleagues, and students will sorely miss this kind, warm, sensitive man.

Report from the Senate Steering Committee

Chair Conley, noting that the day's Senate meeting was the final one of Winter Quarter, advised that the Steering Committee was juggling agenda items for Spring, including many interdisciplinary program renewals that appeared unavoidably to be bunching up towards the end of the quarter. She announced that the first scheduled meeting of Spring Quarter, on April 2nd, was being cancelled, but that one or two extra meetings might be required on Thursdays in May. Conley reported that the Steering Committee and the Provost were working with concerned women faculty to plan a productive Senate report and discussion on the status of women faculty, probably on April 30. Conley drew the attention of Senators, and the faculty at large, to the fact that elections are under way for Senate XXXI and for the Advisory Board. She urged everyone to vote before the March 19 deadline, expressing the hope that the prior year's 28% turnout would be significantly improved upon. Conley said that there was no report from the Committee on Committees, but that she understood the members to be hard at work.

Reports from the President and the Provost

President Casper announced that he had secured the $10 million of endowment that had been sought for the Humanities Center and expressed his great appreciation to the anonymous donor. Provost Rice, on behalf of herself and her co-chair John Taylor, encouraged faculty members to provide comments to the search committee for the Dean of Humanities and Sciences. There were no questions for Casper or Rice.

Recommendation for Renewal of the Graduate Program in Humanities (SenD#4780, 4774)

Chair Conley introduced Professor Ed Mocarski, Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies, to present his committee's recommendation for renewal of the graduate portion of the Humanities Special Programs, noting that the undergraduate portion had been approved by Senate a month earlier. The Chair also welcomed Professor Alice Rayner, program director, Monica Moore, program administrator, Professor Paul Robinson, former program director, and cognizant H & S associate dean David Holloway. Mocarski described this long-standing program as offering a broad, interdisciplinary experience to students admitted to a departmental Ph.D. program and praised its success in placing students in liberal arts colleges and universities. Commenting that the program faculty come from a number of different humanities departments, Mocarski said the committee was convinced that Rayner's enthusiasm and leadership would ensure the continued success of the program.

Rayner voiced her gratitude to Robinson and Moore for handing on an efficient program that so consistently produces well-rounded and well-educated students. Holloway commented that the dean's office believes the program adds value to the doctoral programs in individual departments and enhances the students' education and their prospects for employment. Professor Camarillo (History) remarked on the program's stellar reputation.

Rayner expressed concern that their fifth-year students will no longer be allowed to gain teaching experience through the Area One (formerly CIV) program, advising that she had submitted a proposal that these students teach writing courses linked to the Humanities track. Professors McCall (Classics) and Lindenberger (English) urged those in charge of Area One to take advantage of the excellent graduate students in this program who have valuable additional interdisciplinary training and are "precisely the right kinds of young teachers and mentors ... for our freshmen." Professor Baker (History) stressed the importance of having post-doctoral not graduate student teachers in Area One, noting that students trained in the special humanities program should become more competitive for the postdoc positions. He also supported as "ideal" the use of these graduate students, and perhaps those in other humanities departments, as teachers of writing to undergraduates.

The following motion, moved and seconded by the Committee on Graduate Studies, was approved by unanimous voice vote:

The Senate reauthorizes the Executive Committee of the Graduate Program in Humanities to nominate candidates for the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees for five years effective September 1, 1998.

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