Ad Hoc Committees

Course Evaluation Committee

At the Provost’s request, Russell Berman, Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, has agreed to lead a committee to design a new course evaluation form in light of the SUES recommendations. The goal is an instrument more closely tied to student learning, rather than just satisfaction, and tailored to the specific class and its format, teaching practices, and learning goals.


Russell Berman (Chair), Comparative Literature
Tom Black, Registrar
Sarah Church, Physics
Jennifer Crosby, Center for Teaching and Learning
Robyn Dunbar, Center for Teaching and Learning
Tom Ehrlich, School of Education
Margot Gerritsen, Energy Resources Engineering
Chris Golde, Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education
Caroline Hoxby, Economics
Jon Krosnick, Communication
Michele Marincovich, Center for Teaching and Learning
Corrie Potter, Institutional Research and Decision Support
Sheri Sheppard, Mechanical Engineering

Contact: Suggestions for the Course Evaluation Committee may be submitted online using our webform.

Helix Committee

In 2012, the SUES report recommended an elective cluster of interdisciplinary courses called a Helix. Like the spokes of a helix connected by its spiral scaffolding, these three or four courses will be united both by a shared theme and by a dedication to the overarching frame of Stanford’s larger liberal arts mission. Chaired by Michele Elam, Professor of English, Olivier Nomellini University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor, the Helix Committee will make recommendations about implementation of Helix clusters to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.


Michele Elam (Chair), English
Thomas Ehrlich, Education
Andrea Goldsmith, Electrical Engineering
Rosemary Knight, Geophysics
Katherine Preston, Human Biology
Gabriella Safran, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Scott Sagan, Political Science
Sharon Palmer, VPUE
Mariatte Denman, Center for Teaching and Learning