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Faculty and staff creating Cardinal moments that matter every day

Dave Margulies, IT Services technical consultant, troubleshoots an Outlook issue with Ted Geballe

Dave Margulies, IT Services technical consultant, troubleshoots an Outlook issue with Ted Geballe, the Theodore and Sydney Rosenberg professor of applied physics and professor of materials science and engineering, emeritus. 

Collaboration is a core value at Stanford; we work together in ways small and grand to conduct our research, deliver our learning programs, and manage our academic and administrative operations. Cardinal at Work gathered insights to showcase a fraction of the important ways we work together in a new series called "Cardinal Moments that Matter."

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Joint committees exemplify our collaborative spirit

Committees with faculty and staff have been working to set strategy, solve problems and identify actions needed on a host of topics. Two examples of the many working committees include:

IT Privacy and Security

This ad hoc Faculty Senate committed is chaired by Professor Andrew Fire with 12 faculty members, including then-Provost Etchemendy, as well as staff members Randy Livingston, Michael Duff, Rick Moyer, Wendi Wright, Debra Zumwalt, and other Office of General Counsel staff. Formed in early 2014 in the wake of a major cybersecurity incident that impacted the entire Stanford community, this committee has provided advice on campus-wide IT security initiatives, helped establish Stanford’s position on personal privacy, and navigated many complex privacy and legal issues (bringing in experts from the Law School). The committee jointly composed an update to Administrative Guide memo 6.1.1: Privacy and Access to Electronic Information, published in the fall of 2016. 

Cultivating partnerships fosters shared understanding of issues

Michael Duff, assistant vice president and chief information security officer, has this advice for other staff: “It is well worth the time to cultivate a partnership with faculty, seeking their input and involvement in important initiatives -- either through committees or individually. Through this committee, we gained a better understanding of faculty concerns and adjusted our initiatives accordingly; at the same time, they gained insights into the security risks that the university is facing. It’s been a fantastic collaboration that has built trust and mutual understanding, and has matured the university’s approach to IT privacy and security.”

Committee for Faculty and Staff Human Resources (CFSHR)

A standing university committee as noted in the Faculty Handbook 1.2.9, the CFSHR has been collaborating for close to 20 years, with membership that represents both faculty and staff who advise and make recommendations to the President and other appropriate administrative officers concerning human resources issues. The current chair is Professor Laurence Baker, with five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate and five staff members representing various departments selected by the vice president for University Human Resources for three-year terms. The committee also has several ex-officio members representing a wide range of interests and is staffed by the Benefits Department and external benefit experts who provide consultation on key topics.

New sub-committee focused on benefits and employee programs created to work on ideas related to long-range planning initiative

In spring 2018, a new sub-committee of CFSHR was formed, the Committee on Benefits and Employee Programs (CBEP). This group is working collaboratively to:

  • determine whether the current benefits and employee programs are meeting the needs of our diverse employee population
  • identify benefits and programs needed to recruit new employees
  • develop ideas, analyze options, review current benefits and employee programs, and determine if the current spending for benefits and programs is adequate to support current or modified offerings, and if funds should be redirected or if additional funds requested to make a meaningful difference

The CBEP was formed in response to issues raised through the Long-Range Planning process and is targeting having a set of recommendations for consideration by CFSHR in late fall of 2018.

Our Vision a result of our ongoing collaboration

Every day, intense collaboration is happening across work groups, programs, centers, departments, schools and units. This summer, design teams will form to recommend implementation strategies and build collaborative processes to work together to help us forge ahead with our “Navigating a Dynamic Future” vision, providing more Cardinal moments that matter.

All moments matter; share yours

We need your input to showcase the breadth of ways we work together to bring our mission to life: how has your collaborative work, team approach, day-to-day efforts or special projects with others demonstrated a Cardinal moment?  Share your story so we can highlight how our community works together.

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