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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

  • ‘The Timeless Role of Art’

    Santa Barbara Dance Theater (SBDT) has a reputation for range and excellence, and both will be on display when the professional dance company in residence at UC…

  • A United Front

    Society needs science, and right now the discipline is in trouble. So says UC Santa Barbara oceanographer Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez, who will make that case on…

  • Taking Root

    Call it something to grow on. And then some. Ever an institution to advance all things environment and sustainability, UC Santa Barbara is flourishing in a purs…

  • Sine Language

    Like good mathematicians, Tamara Gomez and her friends wanted to solve a problem: How do you show female high school students what it’s like to major in math or…

  • Actors for Autism

    For young adults with autism, wading into the job market is a daunting task, particularly after leaving the security of high school. Patrick Doran, a Pasadena r…

  • All-Gaucho Reunion 2017 Marks Historic Events

     Thousands of alumni will reunite at UC Santa Barbara to reminisce, network and show their support for the university at the 11th Annual All Gaucho Reunion from…

  • Early Recognition

    Talk about an honor. For his outstanding work in the field of 2D electronics early in his career, UC Santa Barbara graduate student researcher Jiahao Kang has r…

  • Eat, Prey, Move

    It’s a fish-eat-fish world out in the ocean, and prey species usually fear the predators that would make them into a tasty snack. Looks like someone forgot to t…

  • The True Price of Consumerism

    Those brand-new shoes you’re wearing may put you on the leading edge of trendy, but can the people who make them afford to cover their own feet? Your new smartp…

  • College Bound

    The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara will hold a series of UC Success Night events April 19-28 to celebrate the academic success of se…

  • Street Smarts

    Victor Rios knows what it’s like to have a target on your back, to be the subject of suspicion and low expectations. He was, after all, a gang member in a tough…

  • Competition Physics

    Physics as a team sport? The idea is not so far fetched. For two days each February, the United States Association of Young Physicists Tournament (USAYPT) pits…

  • Good as Gold

    One aspires to an academic and research career focused on atomic resolution imaging; the other is aiming for a doctorate in materials science. Together, they ha…

  • A Chicana Warrior

    Alicia Escalante was an unlikely hero. A poor single mother of five, she became one of the leading activists of the Chicano Movement in the 1960s. She founded t…

  • Visionary Engineering

    Sumita Pennathur, an associate professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the prestigious “Visionary Award” from the Ame…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair

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News & Announcements

Academic Council Statement Opposing President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
Posted: February 6, 2017

Chancellor’s Letter – Update to Our Campus Community on Immigration Executive Order
Posted: February 2, 2017

Academic Council Support of UC Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order
The Academic Council released a letter of support (dated January 30, 2017), on the UC Statement on President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order (dated January 29, 2017).
Posted: February 2, 2017

Academic Council Endorsement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community
Posted: December 6, 2016

Post-election campus climate and protecting undocumented members of the UC community
Message from Senate Chair Bohn
Posted: December 1, 2016

University of California releases principles in support of UC community members
The University of California today (November 30, 2016) announced that it will vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of the undocumented members of the UC community and will direct its police departments not to undertake joint efforts with any government agencies to enforce federal immigration law.
Posted: November 30, 2016

UCSB Academic Senate Executive Council Endorsement
The Executive Council of the UCSB Academic Senate welcomes and endorses the statement on presidential election results by President Napolitano and UC Chancellors (dated November 9, 2016) and the letter by UC, CSU and CCC leaders urging President-elect Trump to continue DACA (dated November 29, 2016).
Posted: November 30, 2016

UC, CSU and CCC leaders urge President-elect Trump to continue DACA
In a letter sent today (November 29, 2016), University of California President Janet Napolitano joined with California State University Chancellor Timothy White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor-designate of the California Community College System, in calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and allow California and the nation’s students known as Dreamers to continue to pursue their education in the United States.
Posted: November 29, 2016

Important Message from President Napolitano and UC Chancellors
University of California statement on presidential election results
Posted: November 9, 2016

Resolution Passed by the Faculty Legislature
During its fall 2016 meeting, a resolution regarding the Scholars at Risk and Scholars Rescue Fund Programs was put before the membership of the Faculty Legislature.
Posted: November 8, 2016

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