Faculty Senate to meet Thursday

The speakers include Provost John Etchemendy, who will give a report on the university's faculty retirement incentive program, and Patricia Gumport, vice provost for graduate education.

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

The senate will consider a motion to revise its charter to grant nonvoting ex officio membership to the university's executive cabinet.

The executive cabinet consists of the president, the provost, the deans of the seven schools, the dean of research, the vice provost for undergraduate education, the vice provost for graduate education, the director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the director of the Hoover Institution.

Currently, John Raisian, director of the Hoover Institution, is the only member of the executive cabinet who is not a member of the Faculty Senate.

If the motion passes, Raisian would join the senate as an ex officio member at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year.

In addition, if the motion passes, the university librarian (Michael Keller) and the vice provost for student affairs (Greg Boardman) would be removed from the ex officio roster.

The motion, which has been moved and seconded by the senate's Steering Committee, states: "As of the beginning of the Academic Year 2010/11, the Senate shall consist of the following members: voting members – those elected to the Senate and nonvoting members – the Academic Secretary and members of the Executive Cabinet, who shall be ex officio members."

Provost John Etchemendy will give a presentation on the Faculty Retirement Incentive Program III, which went into effect last September. Last year, Stanford made two changes in the program – known as FRIP – in response to requests from faculty members who were interested in working longer:

  • The eligibility requirements under the new program were changed so that faculty aged 63 to 71 with 15 years of service at 50 percent time or more can retire under FRIP.
  • The program design was changed so that participating faculty are recalled to service at 50 percent time for one or two years immediately following retirement. During the 50 percent recall appointment, the faculty member will receive payments equal to full salary, composed of one-half in recall salary and one-half in FRIP benefit. The remaining FRIP benefit will be paid in a lump sum after completion of recall service. The new program spreads the tax impact of the FRIP benefit over more than one year.

Patricia Gumport, vice provost for graduate education, also will give a report.

The graduate education office, which opened in January 2007, works with Stanford's schools and departments to enhance the quality of graduate education at Stanford.

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 Assistant Academic Secretary Trish Del Pozzo at 723-4992 or delpozzo@stanford.edu.