Annual report on faculty on Thursday's Senate agenda

This week's speakers include Professors Harry Elam Jr. and James Campbell, co-chairs of the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford; Professor Patricia Jones, vice provost for faculty development and diversity; Professor Albert Camarillo, special assistant to the provost for faculty diversity; and Associate Professor Shelley Correll, chair of Stanford's Panel on Faculty Equity and Quality of Life.

The Faculty Senate will convene Thursday for the first meeting of spring quarter.

The senate will hear a presentation on the annual Report on the Faculty by Patricia Jones, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, and Albert Camarillo, special assistant to the provost for faculty diversity and the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service in the Department of History.

Camarillo is leading the Faculty Development Initiative, a five-year effort, launched in the fall of 2007, to appoint the best scholars in the nation whose research focuses on the study of ethnicity and race.

Four scholars have joined the Stanford faculty since the beginning of the initiative: H. Samy Alim, associate professor of education; Tomas Jimenez, assistant professor of sociology; Jose David Saldivar, professor of comparative literature; and Gary Segura, professor of political science.

Shelley Correll, the chair of Stanford's Panel on Faculty Equity and Quality of Life, and an associate professor of sociology, will discuss the Report on the Quality of Life of Stanford Faculty, which was released in January.

The senate also will hear a progress report from the co-chairs of the task force that is conducting a wide-ranging review of undergraduate education at Stanford: Harry Elam Jr., the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities in the Department of Drama, and James Campbell, the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History.

The 18-member task force, known as the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, is composed of faculty, staff and students and is expected to spend about two years on the project. The members were announced at a Feb. 4 senate meeting.

Elam and Campbell are expected to describe the task force's activities to date, outline some of its future plans and specify some of the issues that will require further investigation.

"We then hope to throw the meeting open for questions, comments, criticisms and suggestions," Campbell said.

The responsibilities of the 18-member task force were outlined in a document distributed in early February:

  • The growing social, political, economic and ecological interconnectedness of the world certainly challenges us to look more broadly at what it means to be an educated citizen. How do these changes affect what today's student needs from an undergraduate education? What do we want our students to gain from their time on the Farm? How do we best prepare them for local, national and global citizenship? The first objective will be to address those questions and articulate an updated set of goals for Stanford undergraduates.
  • The second objective will be to suggest how these goals might best be achieved and reflected in Stanford's undergraduate curriculum. The task force should examine Stanford's requirements as part of the overall structure and fabric of undergraduate education, and seek to understand how these requirements work in relation to the academic preparation of today's entering students, on the one hand, and the expectations of our disciplinary majors, on the other.

The senate will meet at 3:15 p.m. in Room 180 of the Law School. Discussion is limited to members of the senate, but members of the Stanford community may request to attend the meeting by contacting the Academic Secretary's Office at 723-4992 or Trish Del Pozzo at