Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Provost's Office Records: William E. Gordon, 1980-85



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gordon, William E.
Title Rice University Provost's Office Records: William E. Gordon
Dates: 1980-85
Abstract: These records reflect the daily business of the Provost's office under physicist and astronomer William E. Gordon’s leadership (1980-85). They reveal the daily business of the Provost's Office, which has the overall responsibility for the institution's educational and research programs.
ID Rice UA Provost Gordon
Extent 11.25 cubic feet
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

William E. Gordon’s appointment as provost and vice president of Rice University began July 1, 1980. He retired July 1, 1985, although he continued to serve as provost until his replacement reported to work in spring 1986.

Gordon came to Rice from Cornell University in 1966 and taught space physics and astronomy, as well as electrical engineering, during his 19 years on the Rice faculty. Prior to his becoming provost and vice president in 1980, he served as dean of natural sciences (1975-80) and dean of science and engineering (1966-75).

He attained international prominence through his work on the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory in Puerto Rico, a project he conceived, planned and directed during the first years after its completion, 1960-65. It is the world’s largest radar-radio-telescope, sometimes described as earth’s ear turned to outer space.

Recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Gordon had the rare distinction of being a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. He was a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Geophysical Union, and past president of the International Union of Radio Science (1981-84).

Excerpted from press release of Rice University Information Services 2/22/1985; 4/2/1980.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 15 boxes of records from the provost’s office during Dr. Gordon’s tenure (1980-85).

Series I contains the On Campus-General files. They contain correspondence and documents pertaining to the non-academic departments of the university. The material includes budget information, computer/computing at Rice, including ICSA files, Fondren Library correspondence, promotion and teaching evaluations, space allocations and other files on non-academic departments such as Rice University Studies, Jefferson Davis and various other office files.

Series II contains the On Campus Academic files. They contain correspondence and documents that passed between the provost and the university academic departments.


 

Arrangement

The Provost Records for Dr. William E. Gordon are divided into two series, each with folders arranged alphabetically by name and then chronologically.
Series I: On Campus – General, 1980-85. (Boxes 1-9A)
Series II: On Campus – Academic Units, 1980-85. (Boxes 10-13)

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Permission to access these records must be obtained from the Provost’s Office. Form to request permission may be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish these records must be obtained from the Provost’s Office. Form to request permission may be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gordon, William E.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Provost's Office.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Provost's Office Records: William E. Gordon, 1980-85, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Provost's Office 8/1989, 6/1990, 8/1990, and 7/1995.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: On Campus - General, 1980-85

box folder
1 1 AAUP, 1980
2 Academic Advising, 1984-85
3 Academic Affairs Committee, 1980
4 Academic Deans, 1980-81,1983-84
5 (VP) Administration, 1983, 1985
6 Admissions Office, 1980-85, n.d.
7 Alumni Association, 1981, 1985
8 Alumni Committee on Athletics, 1980, 1985
9 Alumni Institute, 1980-83, 1985
10 Apple Consortium, 1983-84
11 (Rice)-Baylor College of Medicine-HISD, 1985
12 Budget/s, 1980/81
13 Budget/s, 1981/82
14 Budget/s, 1982/83
15 Budget/s, 1983/84
16 Budget/s, 1984/85
17 Budget/s, 1985/86
18 Budget/s, 1986/87
19 Budget requests for computing equipment and services, 1984-85
box folder
2 1 Campus Business Office, 1980-85
2 Chairs, 1980-83, 1984-85
3 Class/Conference Rooms, 1980, 1982-83, 1985
4 College Courses, 1981, 1983
5 Colloquia, Student Assistants, Symposia, etc., 1980-84
6 Computer Advisory Board, 1983-84
7 Computer Aided Design (CAD) proposal, 1982
8 Computer Committee, 1980-84
9 Computer Committee, 1985
10 Computer Committee minutes and agendas, 1980-85
11 Computer Subcommittee on Personal Computers, 1983
12 Computing Board, 1983-85
13 Computervision, 1984
14 Continuing Studies, 1980-85
15 Cost centers, 1980
16 DAAD, 1982-84
17 Dean of Advanced Studies and Research, 1980-85
box folder
2A 1 Dean of Architecture, O. Jack Mitchell, 1985
2 Dean of Engineering, 1980-85
3 Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume I/William Marsh Rice University
4 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Chemical Engineering
5 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Civil Engineering
6 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Electrical Engineering
7 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Materials Science
8 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Mechanical Engineering
9 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Volume II/Mechanical Engineering, June 1984
10 ABET Questionnaire, May 1981 - Visitations, 1981, 1984
11 Dean of Humanities, Allen Matusow, 1980-85
12 Dean of Natural Sciences, G. K. Walters, 1980-85
13 Dean of Social Sciences, Joseph Cooper, 1980-85
14 Dean of Students, 1983-84
box folder
3 1 Dean’s meetings, 1980-81
2 Dean’s meetings, 1982-85
3 Departmental chairmen memos, 1980-83
4 Facilities budget requests, 1981/82
5 Facilities budget requests, 1983/84
6 Facilities budget requests, 1984/85 - 85/86
7 Faculty annual reports, 1982/83
8 Faculty Appointments, 1981/83
9 Faculty statistics, 1980/81
10 Fondren Library, 1980/81
11 Fondren Library, 1981/82
12 Fondren Library, 1982/83
13 Fondren Library, 1983/84 (folder 1)
14 Fondren Library, 1983/84 (folder 2)
box folder
4 1 Fondren Library, 1984/85
2 Fondren Library/Friends (FOF), 1980, 1983-85
3 Fondren Library/HARLIC/ARL, 1980, 1982-83
4 Fondren Library/Houston Academy of Medicine, Medical Center Library, 1982-84
5 Fondren Library/Huxley Celebration, 1984
6 Fondren Library/Johnson Space Center, 1981
7 Fondren Library/new courses or programs, 1981, 1983
8 Fondren Library/Patent Depository, 1980
9 Fondren Library/permission to recruit, 1981-82
10 Fondren Library/retrospective conversion, 1982
11 Huxley Symposium, NEH Proposal, 1987
12 ICSA general, 1980
13 ICSA general, 1981
14 ICSA general, 1982
15 ICSA general, 1983
16 ICSA general, 1984
17 ICSA general, 1985
box folder
5 1 ICSA allocations, administrative, 1980
2 ICSA allocations, administrative, 1981
3 ICSA allocations, administrative, 1982
4 ICSA allocations, administrative, 1983
5 ICSA allocations, administrative, 1984-85
6 ICSA allocations, computers, 1982/83
7 ICSA allocations, computers, 1983/84
8 ICSA allocations, computers, 1984/85
9 ICSA allocations, educational, 1980
10 ICSA allocations, educational, 1981
11 ICSA allocations, educational, 1982
12 ICSA allocations, educational, 1983
13 ICSA allocations, educational, 1984
14 ICSA allocations, educational, 1985
15 ICSA allocations, research, 1980-85
16 ICSA Annual Report, 1981
17 ICSA Annual Report, 1985
18 ICSA budget, 1983, 1985
19 ICSA charges/rate change, 1980, 1983
20 ICSA Computer Science, 1980, 1984 (folder was unlabeled)
box folder
6 1 ICSA computing upgrade, general, 1981
2 ICSA computing upgrade, general, 1982
3 ICSA computing upgrade, proposal, 1982
4 ICSA contracts
5 ICSA Educom, 1980-84
6 ICSA Educom Seminar, 1983
7 ICSA Edunet, 1980-84
8 ICSA equipment, 1981-82, 1984
9 ICSA Horace Flatt, 1981-82
10 ICSA, IBM, 1983
11 ICSA memberships, 1985
12 ICSA miscellaneous, 1980-82
13 ICSA Mudd Building/ad hoc committee on academic use, 1980-83
14 ICSA Night Owls timesharing, 1980-81, 1984-85
15 ICSA operations, 1980-82, 1984
16 ICSA Period 3 research accounts, 1983
17 ICSA revenues, 1980-85
18 ICSA Self-Study Panel on computing, 1984
19 ICSA student research, 1981-82
box folder
7 1 (ad hoc committee) Industrial Sponsors for Rice Research, 1981
2 Jefferson Davis, 1980-83
3 Laboratory enhancement, 1980
4 Languages, 1981-83
5 Lectures, 1981
6 Pending, 1981
7 Personal, 1980-81, 1983
8 President/3 VP’s, 1980-81
9 Preregistration, 1981
10 PRIME, 1984
11 Promotions, 1981/82
12 Promotions, 1982/83
13 Promotions, 1983/84
14 Promotions, 1984/85-86
15 Publications Revolving Fund, 1980-85
16 Registrar, 1980-85
17 Registrar’s report, 1980-84
18 Rice Architecture Computer Lab (RACL), 1983
19 Rice Institute for Policy Analysis (RIPA), 1984-85
20 Rice University Fund, 1980
21 Rice University Historical Society, 1982
22 Rice University Studies, 1980-85
23 ROTC, 1981-82, 1984
box folder
8 1 Safety Officers, 1981-81, 1985
2 Salary Report, 1980-81
3 SASS, 1984
4 Scienta, 1980-85
5 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Background
6 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Budgets
7 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Charges for panels 1-9
8 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Final Report Schedule
9 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - The Goals Manual, 1981
10 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Hudspeth Survey
11 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Library Material
12 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Master Information
13 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Master Plan for Growth, Cesar Pelli and Associates, 1983
14 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Preliminary Panels Report
15 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Steering Committee and Panels Directory
16 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/Brochures, Manuals, Guidelines and Other College Studies
17 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Commission on Colleges, Report of the Visiting Committee, 1985
18 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Correspondence, 1980, 1982-85
19 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Draft Approvals, 1985
box folder
9 1 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Follow Up, 1984-85
2 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1984
3 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1983
4 1984 (Rice University) Self-Study Materials - SACS, Site Visit Correspondence, 1984-85
5 Space, 1981/82
6 Space, 1982/83
7 Space, 1983/84
8 Space, 1984/85
9 Staff meetings, 1980-81
10 Standing committees, 1981-83
11 (Academic) State of the University, n.d.
12 Summer program, 1980-85
box folder
9A 1 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1981
2 Teaching evaluations, Fall 1981
3 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1982
4 Teaching evaluations, Fall 1982
5 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1983
6 Teaching evaluations, Fall 1983
7 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1984
8 Teaching evaluations, Fall 1984
9 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1985
10 Teaching evaluations, Fall 1985
11 Teaching evaluations master file, 1980-85
12 Teaching evaluations personnel, 1980-85
13 Tuition rebates to cost center schools, 1983
14 University Council/Promo Committee, 1980/81
15 University research grants, 1982-83, 1985



 

Series II: On Campus - Academic Units, 1980-85

box folder
10 1 Anthropology, 1982
2 Architecture, 1980/81
3 Architecture, 1981/82
4 Architecture, 1982/83
5 Architecture, 1983/84
6 Architecture, 1984/85
7 Art and Art History, 1981-82
8 Chemical Engineering, 1980-81, 1985
9 Chemistry, 1983
10 Civil Engineering, 1981-82
11 Computer Science, 1984-85
12 Economics, 1981, 1983-84
13 Education, 1983
14 Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, 1980, 1982-83
15 Engineering, 1980/81
16 Engineering, 1981/82
17 Engineering, 1982/83
18 Engineering, 1983/84
19 Engineering, 1984/85
box folder
11 1 (School of) Engineering Abercrombie Lab Project, 1981-82
2 (School of) Engineering Advisory Council, 1985
3 English, 1980-81, 1985
4 French and Italian, 1981-82
5 Geology and Geophysics, 1980-81, 1985
6 German and Slavic Studies, 1984
7 Health and Physical Education, 1984
8 History, 1981-83
9 Humanities, 1980/81
10 Humanities, 1981/82
11 Humanities, 1982/83
12 Humanities, 1983/84
13 Humanities, 1984/85
14 Jones School of Administration, 1980/81
15 Jones School of Administration, 1981/82
16 Jones School of Administration, 1982/83
17 Jones School of Administration, 1983/84
18 Jones School of Administration, 1984/85
19 Jones School of Administration Dean Search Committee, 1980/81
20 Linguistics and Semiotics, 1980, 1985
21 Mathematical Sciences, 1983-84
22 Mathematics, 1983-84
23 Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, 1983-84
24 Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Accreditation, 1984
box folder
12 1 Military Science, 1980/81
2 Military Science, 1981/82
3 Military Science, 1982/83-1983/84
4 Military Science, 1984/85
5 Natural Sciences, 1980/81-1981/82
6 Natural Sciences, 1982/83
7 Natural Sciences, 1983/84
8 Natural Sciences, 1984/85
9 Philosophy, 1980-82, 1984
10 Physics, 1980-82, 1984
11 Political Science, 1980-81
12 Psychology, 1980-81
13 Religious Studies, 1980, 1982
14 ROTC credit for courses, 1980/81
15 ROTC credit for courses, 1983-84
box folder
13 1 Shepherd School of Music, 1980/81
2 Shepherd School of Music, 1981/82
3 Shepherd School of Music, 1982/83
4 Shepherd School of Music, 1983/84
5 Shepherd School of Music, 1984/85
6 Shepherd School of Music Search Committee, 1981
7 Social Sciences, 1980/81
8 Social Sciences, 1981/82
9 Social Sciences, 1982/83
10 Social Sciences, 1983/84
11 Social Sciences, 1984/85
12 (School of) Social Sciences Policy Center, 1981
13 Sociology, 1981
14 Spanish, Portuguese, Classics, 1983, n.d.