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Stanford Report, June 28, 2000

Faculty Senate minutes

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL THIRTY-SECOND SENATE REPORT No. 15

Summary of Actions Taken by the Senate

June 8, 2000

 

At its meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2000, the Senate of the Academic Council heard reports and took the following actions:

 

1. By unanimous voice vote, conferred baccalaureate degrees on the Spring Quarter candidates listed in Senate Document #5105, as recommended by the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement.

 

2. By unanimous voice vote, conferred the various advanced degrees on the Spring Quarter candidates listed in Senate Document #5106, as recommended by the Committee on Graduate Studies.

 

3. Upon recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies, and by voice vote without dissent, authorized the Department of Management Science and Engineering to nominate candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees effective September 1, 2000 and without limit of time.

 

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-SECOND SENATE

OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

June 8, 2000

 

Call to Order

Senate Chair Mark Zoback called the final Senate meeting of the year to order at 3:20 p.m. in Room 180 of the Law School. There were 38 voting members, 11 ex-officio members, and a large number of guests in attendance.

 

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the May 25, 2000 Senate meeting (SenD#5099) were approved, after the Academic Secretary advised that two minor errors had been identified and corrected.

 

Action Calendar: Conferral of Degrees

The Senate, by unanimous voice vote, conferred baccalaureate degrees on the Spring Quarter candidates listed in Senate Document #5105, as recommended by the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement. The Senate also, by unanimous voice vote, conferred the various advanced degrees on the Spring Quarter candidates listed in Senate Document #5106, as recommended by the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Registrar informed the Senate of the number of degrees being awarded for Spring Quarter: 1,442 bachelor's degrees (1,111 in H&S, 300 in Engineering, and 31 in Earth Sciences) and 1,922 graduate degrees (1,425 master's degrees and 497 doctoral degrees).

 

Memorial Resolutions (SenD#5102, SenD#5089)

Zoback reported that there were two memorial statements to be presented, noting that the full text of each memorial resolution was included in Senate packets and would be published in the next Stanford Report. Following both statements, Senate members and guests stood for the traditional moment of silence. The Chair turned first to Senate member James Sheehan to present a memorial written by himself and Professors David Kennedy and Carolyn Lougee Chappell on behalf of their colleague Lewis Spitz.

 

Lewis W. Spitz, the William R. Kenan Professor of History, Emeritus, in the School of Humanities and Sciences died on December 22, 1999 of cardiac arrest. He was 77. One of the most productive and distinguished historians of the Reformation of his generation, Spitz was the author of 15 books and more than 80 articles. Much in demand as a public speaker, he gave scores of lectures throughout Europe and the United States, was a Fulbright Scholar, a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a visiting professor at Columbia. While at Stanford, he was Director of the Western Civilization Program, and an Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences. During his long career, Lew Spitz received many honors and awards. Among them, none was more richly deserved than the Harbison Award given each year by the Danforth Foundation to the outstanding college teacher in the country. Lew Spitz brought to his teaching and his scholarship energy, imagination, commitment, and deep religious faith. The spiritual and moral struggles of the great Reformation theologians came alive in everything he did, which was sustained by his conviction of their enduring importance for the contemporary world. Lewis Spitz is survived by his wife of 51 years, Edna; a sister, Dorothy Rosin; his sons; and three grandchildren.

 

Zoback next welcomed Professor Alberta Siegel to present a memorial written by her and Professors Robert Cutler, Roy Maffly, and Sidney Raffel, in honor of John Steward.

 

Dr. John P. Steward, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine, died of cancer in Palo Alto on February 5, 2000, at age 72. He had been an active member of the faculty for 30 years before his retirement in 1990. Dr. Steward's long association with Stanford began when he enrolled as a freshman in 1944. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees here and joined the faculty in 1960. For a quarter of a century he led the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine as Associate Dean, reporting to a succession of seven deans and acting deans. Each valued his devotion to excellence in preparing medical students for scholarly and other careers. Dr. Steward worked tirelessly to implement our commitment to educating disadvantaged minority students. He also succeeded in defending our curricular flexibility from pressures to standardize and speed up medical education. Dr. Steward was a model of grace under pressure. Colleagues and students appreciated his joie de vivre and his self-effacing manner. Our graduates remember him with fondness and appreciation. They include the man who is the brains behind "ER" (a television show), an American astronaut, and a leading transplant surgeon. John was an enthusiastic supporter of students in their own ambitions.

 

Report from the Senate Steering Committee

The Chair extended a special welcome to approximately 20 members of the Board of Trustees and to several newly elected Senate members. He conveyed his personal thanks, on behalf of the Senate and the Steering Committee, to each of the chairs of the seven Academic Council committees and the two Senate committees for dedicating their time and considerable talents to university service:

Rex Jamison Committee on Academic Appraisal & Achievement

Brad Osgood Committee on Academic Computing & Information Systems

George Dekker Committee on Graduate Studies

John Bender Committee on Libraries

Umran Inan Committee on Research

Matthew Snipp Committee on Undergraduate Admission & Financial Aid

Russell Fernald Committee on Undergraduate Studies

David Kennedy Planning and Policy Board

Anne Krueger Planning and Policy Board

Ewart Thomas Committee on Committees

 

Attempting to deliver a few personal remarks about the Senate year, Zoback was loudly interrupted by Steering Committee Vice Chair Brad Osgood, "rising to a point of personal privilege."

 

"The last time I did this in the Senate, I was paying tribute to Chair Gail Mahood. What is it with me and you people from Earth Sciences?" Osgood joked. "Now we all agree that it's been a wonderful year in the Senate, with important issues and important discussions. And this is due in no small measure to your leadership. So, as a small token of our esteem, I would like to offer a musical appreciation, in swashbuckling style." Moving to the aisle, accompanied by Jack Conway on guitar, Osgood added, "I have checked, and I'm protected by tenure for what I'm about to do. And Jack is protected by being a loan officer and holding the mortgages to many homes on campus." Osgood encouraged the Senate to participate at the appropriate times by either shouting "Ole!" or "Cha cha cha!"

 

["to the tune of Theme to the Mark of "Zorro"]

He came from the west

Just outside of Tucson.

In his time at Stanford

He put the right moves on.

When the Judicial System went all out of whack

Who did they call?

They called Mark Zoback!

 

Zoback! Zoback! Zoback!

In moments you will be free.

Zoback! Zoback! Zoback!

Next year . . . it will be me!

 

The protesters came

They made quite a ruckus.

But he didn't budge

He sat on his . . . chair.

Every issue he did fearlessly attack.

That's the Mark, the Mark of Zoback.

Yes, he's Mark. Oh he's Mark Zoback!

 

As the last lines rang out, and the audience applauded and laughed, the projection screen rose to reveal a large "Z" on the blackboard behind Zoback. Osgood bounded to the front of the room and, with a bow and a flourish presented the chair with the traditional gift of an engraved gavel.

 

Zoback was briefly at a loss for words, but managed to continue his personal remarks. He thanked Steering Committee members Brad Osgood, Craig Heller, Deborah Gordon, Phyllis Gardner, Mary Pratt, and Jim Sheehan for their wise counsel and support. He also thanked Academic Secretary Susan Schofield, as well as Priscilla Johnson and Trish del Pozzo in her office, for their help all year, and presented each with a bouquet of flowers. He asked Senate members to fill out a brief assessment of the Senate year, placed at their desks, in order to provide guidance to the next Steering Committee.

 

Report from the Committee on Committees

CoC Chair Ewart Thomas drew attention to a three-page report of the committee's work, at desks, thanking Schofield for her help and expressing appreciation to the people who staff the Senate and Academic Council committees -- Stella Kallianis, Ann George, Jane Marcus, Anna Takahashi, Barbara Celone, and Trish del Pozzo. Thomas thanked all of the faculty members who agreed to serve on various committees, as well as the other members of CoC "who have made the work delightful and educational for me." Commenting on the annual report, he pointed out that CoC had made 173 nominations for university committees, compared to a normal level of 120, reflecting the unusually large number of search committees during 1999/2000. He noted that for each search, CoC tries to find out the one or two key issues faced by the school or unit, and then to decide who might be best able to guide the search process focused on those issues. "Therefore, the search committees this year for President, Provost, and several deans made for a very exciting and informative year," he said. He remarked that a high rate of turnover in leadership positions signals the infusion of new bodies, "sometimes even new ideas and fresh perspectives," but also represents a threat to stability. "So in wishing next year's CoC a normal workload, I am not begrudging them some excitement. Rather I'm expressing, I think, a collective hope for a period of stable leadership in the university and the schools, and perhaps a little innovation." The Senate Chair thanked Thomas for his final report, and for two years of service as CoC chair. "We'll miss your eloquent, insightful, and humorous reports. You're going to be a hard act to follow," Zoback said.

 

Reports from the President and the Provost

President Gerhard Casper joined others in expressing his thanks. "University governance is, in the end, self-governance," he said. "And the Thirty-second Senate, as well as its predecessors in the eight years I have been here, have been the most important vehicle of that self-governance. ... I thank all the present and prior Senators for the tremendous spirit of professionalism and cooperation they have brought to the work of the University." He also explained that the "magnificent, impressive ring" on his hand had been given to him by football coach Tyrone Willingham for having taken Stanford to the Rose Bowl. "There is probably no gift I have enjoyed more than this one," he remarked, to appreciative laughter.

 

"One of the most deplorable aspects of my presidency is the speed at which I have used up provosts," Casper joked. Three provosts over eight years (Jerry Lieberman, Condi Rice, and John Hennessy) means that each lasted roughly 2.67 years, he calculated, with the help of Joe Lipsick sitting behind him. "That is a very, very short period of time, obviously, and I am embarrassed and do not quite know what caused my failure in this respect," he mused. "It is now my task to appoint my fourth provost. And I am very pleased to report to you that at the request of the president-designate and incumbent provost, I appoint John Etchemendy, Professor of Philosophy, as Stanford University's next provost. There was resounding applause for Etchemendy, present as a guest, who turned to Osgood and quipped, "How about a song?" Casper related that he had refused Etchemendy's offer to wear a tie to the Senate, on the grounds that no one would recognize him.

 

Provost Hennessy thanked the Committee on Committees for their "tremendous work" in staffing so many search committees, and echoed Thomas's hope that "we won't have nearly as many next year." He then turned to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman to make an announcement. Bravman praised Professor Harry Elam for leading the Introduction to the Humanities Program during its first three years. He reported that each year the program had offered more courses, met with increased qualitative acceptance by the students, and set increasingly high standards for the teaching fellows. He announced Professor Rob Robinson of German Studies would begin a three-year term as Director of IHUM on September 1st.

 

Professor Gardner (Molecular Pharmacology) "couldn't resist" responding to the Chair's request for any questions to the President or Provost. She said she'd been leafing through the Palo Alto newspaper and had seen the mayor of Palo Alto quoted as saying, "My long-term vision is that Palo Alto and Stanford will be merged. It makes sense given California land-use law." She asked the Provost-designate what he thought about that. Etchemendy joined the Senate in laughter, and Hennessy quickly jumped in stating "I don't think he wants to comment, Phyllis."

 

Graduate Degree Authorization for the Department of Management Science and Engineering (SenD#5100)

Zoback recognized Committee on Graduate Studies Chair George Dekker to present a recommendation that the new School of Engineering Department of Management Science and Engineering be authorized to nominate candidates for the master's and Ph.D. degrees. He reminded everyone that two Senate colleagues were members of the department, Elisabeth Pate-Cornell as chair and Ross Shachter. Dekker advised that the Board of Trustees had earlier approved the creation of the department, made up of pre-existing departments. The department's curricular proposals were brought to C-GS, which asked for and received a clearer description of the objectives of the degree programs. C-GS also discussed at some length the possible overlap with other graduate programs involving economics, concluding that the department occupies a special niche of its own. Dekker said that C-GS found the new degree programs to be well crafted and recommended that they be approved.

 

Professor Pate-Cornell provided some background on the challenges involved in creating a common curricular vision and a common philosophy for the MS&E department. She said that the proposed degrees, with eight areas of specialization, were developed on a "T" model of some breadth plus depth in one area, and represent more than the sum of the pre-existing programs. Pate-Cornell advised that the eight areas are: Systems Modeling and Optimization; Probability and Stochastic Systems; Information Science and Technology; Economics and Finance; Decision Analysis and Risk Analysis; Production Operations and Management; Organization, Technology and Entrepreneurship; and Policy and Strategy. Noting that the department has about 150 master's students and 25 Ph.D. students per year, she provided considerable information on how the two degree programs are constructed. The master's is "definitely a professional degree, with an emphasis on engineering foundations," she summarized. "The Ph.D. degree has a different emphasis. We want to train high-level researchers either for careers in industry or in university teaching and research."

 

Several Senate members commented on an issue mentioned by both Dekker and Pate-Cornell, that of potential overlap with other departments and schools. Professor Harrison (Graduate School of Business) said that many substantial overlaps have existed for generations between some programs in the GSB and others in the predecessor departments to MS&E. He expressed the opinion that for this to make intellectual sense for the university, MS&E must stay "in the flow of the distinctive intellectual culture of the School of Engineering." Professor Pencavel, Chair of Economics, indicated that his department had not had an opportunity to review the MS&E course requirements, and said he believed that a more optimal selection of Economics courses could be specified. He also noted that Economics already serves students from many different departments, and had just been urged by external reviewers to limit enrollments because it is so sorely stretched in teaching resources. Pencavel said he hoped the MS&E degree programs would not put further strain on Economics. He suggested that if one department's courses are regarded as an integral part of another department's program, then assistance with teaching and advising resources should be provided. Pate-Cornell responded that she understood Pencavel's concern, and reassured him that there would be only two or three MS&E students per year, in the Economics and Finance specialty area, requiring courses from his department. "If Economics has difficulties accommodating these students, I'd be more than happy to find a substitute solution," she said.

 

Professor Noll (Economics) noted that he was a friend of the department and often served as advisor to or on the dissertation committee of these Engineering Ph.D. students. He stressed that H&S cutbacks in teaching assistant funding have caused a serious problem for Economics which, though it has only about 25 Ph.D. students of its own each year, regularly has Ph.D. course enrollments of 65 or 70 including Engineering, GSB, and Political Science students. "The balance of trade is not equitable," he said. Professor Simoni (Biological Sciences) urged that Stanford not commit the "grievous error" of creating an accounting exercise to track which students take courses in which schools or departments in order to assess resource responsibilities. Responding to a question from Simoni, Engineering Associate Dean Bravman explained that the school has chosen to have only its undergraduate degrees accredited by the national body, not its graduate degrees.

 

The following recommendation, moved and seconded by the Committee on Graduate Studies, was approved by voice vote without dissent:

 

The Senate authorizes the Department of Management Science and Engineering to nominate candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees effective September 1, 2000 and without limit of time.

 

Report from Dean Malcolm Beasley on the School of Humanities and Sciences (SenD#5109)

Chair Zoback expressed pleasure that School of Humanities and Sciences Dean Mac Beasley had offered to report to the Senate on his school. The Senate normally schedules reports from one or another school every couple of years, he said, noting that it had been 12 years since the last report on H&S. He welcomed H&S Associate Deans Ellen Markman and Keith Baker as guests, and noted that Senate member John Brauman was also an H&S Associate Dean.