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Coordinator guidelines and responsibilities

Coordinator Guidelines

Coordinator Duties
  • Meetings & Events[+
    • ​Workshops are required to meet at least three times per quarter. Track attendance at each.
    • No more than one-third of your total budget may be spent on any single event.
    • Workshops may request meeting space at the Humanities Center by emailing Patricia Terrazas ( after July 1.
  • Calendar[+]
  • Collecting Back Up Documents for Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments to Visiting Speakers[+]
    • Supplier information: email with speakers’ full name, email address, residential address, and daytime telephone number and citizenship status.
    • Letter of Invitation
    • Receipts: Date, Items Purchased, Price, Vendor Name, If CC, last 4 digits + CC type, Legible.
    • Incomplete backup will not be accepted. Only requests with complete backup will be processed.
  • Purchasing Card Policies[+]
    • Sign out from SHC only. Return within 24 hours of sign-out. You may reserve it in advance.
    • Back-up receipts and full description of expense (who, what, where, when, etc) must accompany all PCard purchases.
    • Food and Beverage purchases require detail receipts indicating which items are alcohol. Off campus dining events must include the mandatory attendance list.
    • Failure to comply with above policies results in workshop forfeiting PCard use for remainder of year
  • Petty Cash[+]
    • See Carol Guthrie for cash reimbursement of any expense up to $50.
  • Receipts: Date, Items Purchased, Vendor Name, if CC, last 4 digits + CC type, legible[+]
    • Submit receipts within 60 days.
    • Funds are only available for the academic year.
    • Funds do not carry forward. All spending must be completed by June 15.
  • Stipends[+]
    • Stanford requires that graduate students be fully enrolled for the quarter they wish to be paid.
    • Turn in stipend forms by the first Monday in October.
  • Reimbursement Policies[+]
    • No reimbursements for automobile rental insurance.
  • Forms[+]
    • Mandatory Attendance Forms: Send these in electronically after each workshop event.
    • End of Year Report: In June, each workshop needs to submit an end-of-year report. Details about reporting requirements will be distributed in the spring quarter.
  • Misc.[+]
    Only one graduate student coordinator per workshop will be recognized.
    No honorarium payments to Stanford faculty, students, or staff are allowed.
    Reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses are allowed with complete receipts.

Workshop Coordinator Responsibilities

The three main areas of responsibility for workshop coordinators include coordinating logistical and financial matters for the workshop, fulfilling reporting requirements, and providing intellectual leadership. Although the specific delegation of leadership and coordination work in each workshop varies, the following paragraphs sketch out the basic expectations of workshop leaders. Faculty coordinators are responsible for making sure that all those involved in leading a workshop comply with workshop policies and meet the highest scholarly standards.

  • Logistical & Financial Coordination[+]

    Faculty and graduate student coordinators are responsible for the logistical and financial management of their workshops. This typically includes such tasks as:

    • Scheduling rooms for meetings
    • Arranging for AV equipment and support (LCD projectors, VCRs, videotaping, etc)
    • Copying workshop administrator on all correspondence with invited speakers, their travel arrangements and honoraria
    • Arranging and cleaning up food/catering
    • Keeping track of spending and staying within budget
    • Complying with granting agency and Stanford University policies
    • Publicizing workshop activities
    • Distributing and/or posting readings to the web
    • Inviting workshop speakers
    • Arranging workshop speakers’ transportation, accommodations, and meals
    • Organizing special events, such as conferences and colloquia
    • Making sure that workshop organizers (themselves included) are reimbursed promptly for any workshop expenses they incur
    • Providing up-to-date schedules to the workshop administrator
    • Keeping the workshop administrator apprised of all details regarding visiting scholars scheduled to speak at workshop meetings
  • Program Reporting Requirements[+]
    Although the primary reporting responsibility for the workshops rests with faculty coordinators, graduate student coordinators also participate in fulfilling workshops reporting requirements. These include providing the following information to the workshops administrator:
    • Post your event schedule information online directly to our website.
    • Track event attendance of both graduate student and faculty participants
    • Include the workshops administrator on any workshop email distribution lists or listservs
    • Provide a participant membership list at the beginning and end of the year
    • Writing the end-of-year report, which should include all workshop meeting information, including dates and locations, speaker names, and talk titles

    We encourage coordinators to archive workshop events when possible by audio or video recording, and consider taking photos of group activities. The Humanities Center may also record or photograph workshop sessions for publicity or archival purposes.

  • Intellectual Stewardship[+]
    Faculty coordinators are primarily responsible for intellectual stewardship of the Geballe Research Workshops, but graduate coordinators should also be actively involved in determining the intellectual design of the workshop. The interaction between graduate and faculty coordinators often sets the tone for collegial interaction between other students and faculty in the workshops. Graduate student coordinators play a vital role in making the workshops welcoming and comfortable spaces for other graduate students. Intellectual stewardship in the research workshops also means:
    • Defining an area of intellectual inquiry that is compelling to an interdisciplinary audience
    • Recruiting membership from a broad range of humanities disciplines
    • Articulating important emerging issues and trends within your chosen field
    • Responding to evolving intellectual interests of your group throughout the year
    • Encouraging Stanford graduate students and faculty, as well as outside speakers, to present work-in-progress
    • Ensuring a collegial tone for workshop interactions and avoiding hierarchies between faculty and graduate students
    • Promoting graduate students€™ professional development by encouraging networking with established scholars in your field, and collaborative work with faculty, and presentation of work throughout the year
    • Promoting collaborative work with scholars outside Stanford. A number of workshops have produced collaborative research projects leading to outside grants or publication of collections of essays
    • Creating a web archive of workshop papers, work-in-progress reports, and reports