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The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty in the University of California. The Senate is the one organization that enables the faculty, through shared governance, to exercise its right to participate in the University's governance. To that end, faculty and administrators depend on a high level of consultation, trust, mutual respect and a tradition of collegial collaboration. It is for these reasons that the Academic Senate seeks wide faculty involvement for all of its councils and committees.

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UCSB in the News

  • Vegetation Matters

    In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, as more precipitation falls in the form of rain rather than snow, and the snowpack melts earlier in spring, it’s import…

  • Among the Nation’s Best

    On its annual list of the country’s top universities, Washington Monthly has ranked UC Santa Barbara among the top 20. The 2016 National Universities ranking wa…

  • Basic Research Fuels Advanced Discovery

    Clinical trials and translational medicine have certainly given people hope and rapid pathways to cures for some of mankind’s most troublesome diseases, but now…

  • Cyber-Gladiators

    One hundred and four teams. Two years. Three winners. One intense competition. UC Santa Barbara’s resident hackers, team Shellphish, pitted their skills against…

  • A Mammoth Undertaking

    Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from the dead? Scientists say it’s only a matter of time. In fact this year, the International Union for Conservation of…

  • A Mystery of Form and Structure

    Sometimes the answers to our most persistent questions are found in the most unexpected places. Just ask Douglas Burbank. After working in China for more than a…

  • Resolving the ‘Hispanic Paradox’

    A new paper co-authored by a UC Santa Barbara researcher reveals that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups. The findings, published in the curr…

  • No Risk, No Reward

    While actuarial scientists — the number crunchers who use complex mathematical models to estimate risk — traditionally have been vital to the insurance industry…

  • An Unexpected Finding

    In the pursuit of a new class of photovoltaic materials, researchers at UC Santa Barbara happened upon an entirely different discovery that addresses a centurie…

  • Retooling the Ph.D.

    For generations, the path of a doctoral candidate in the humanities has been clear: collect your sheepskin and go directly to academia. But a tight job market f…

  • Something Fishy

    Little did Charles Dickens know when he penned “Barnaby Rudge” in 1840 that the name of his character Dolly Varden would spawn the moniker for a red-spotted tro…

  • An Ancient Mayan Copernicus

    For more than 120 years the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex — an ancient Mayan book containing astronomical data — has been of great interest to scholars aroun…

  • A Guardian of Global Rights

    Though most of us agree with the noble goals of human rights campaigns, there are many competing opinions about how to best organize an effective social movemen…

  • Message in a Brain Scan

    What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? To the casual listener, probably not much.…

  • Summer Study

    Students from 15 summer programs participated in the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Aug. 11, at UC Santa Barbara’s Corwin Pavilion. About 150…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Divisional Chair
Sociology
Terms: 2014-16, 2012-14

bhavnani@ucsb.edu
(805) 893-2886

News & Announcements

UC Academic Senate - The Senate Source (August 2016)
The Senate Source is an online newsletter that is published quarterly by the Systemwide Senate and intended to inform UC faculty about the activities of the Senate.
Posted: August 18, 2016

Table of Silence Project UCSB: We Remember on May 23

Posted: May 19, 2016

Spring 2016 Quarter Update from Senate Chair Bhavnani

Posted: May 5, 2016

CIE Workshop - How to Best Support Faculty in the Classroom with International Students

Posted: April 21, 2016

UC Academic Senate - The Senate Source (April 2016)
The Senate Source is an online newsletter that is published quarterly by the Systemwide Senate and intended to inform UC faculty about the activities of the Senate.
Posted: April 15, 2016

Planning for Increased Enrollment in 2016-2017

Posted: April 11, 2016

Letter to Faculty from Senate Chair Bhavnani

Posted: April 7, 2016

Election Results

Posted: April 3, 2016

Letter to Faculty from Senate Chair Bhavnani

Posted: February 24, 2016

Statement from University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications
The University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications has issued a statement regarding the monitoring of information technology systems at each UC campus. Additional information can be found on the UCOP website: http://security.ucop.edu
Posted: February 4, 2016

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