UCSB Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty in the University of California.

The Senate enables the faculty, through the principle of shared governance, to exercise its right to participate in the University's decisions. We operate with a high level of consultation, trust, and mutual respect, maintaining a tradition of collegial collaboration between the faculty and the university's administrators. The process requires broad faculty involvement in all of the Senate's councils and committees.


Guidance for Faculty During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The information on this page is intended as a resource for faculty/instructors during changes in campus operating status due to the COVID-19 crisis. It reflects current planning on our campus based on State and local restrictions, as well as public health and academic best practices. The situation is expected to remain fluid for some time, and new information will be added as it becomes available.

Academic Senate Town Hall - Planning for Fall 2021 Teaching - April 8, 2021

Academic Senate Junior Faculty Town Hall
March 23, 2021
A Town Hall meeting was organized by the Academic Senate on February 11, 2021 to provide an opportunity for early-career faculty (principally, three years pre-tenure through three years post-tenure) to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on their professional lives, and to formulate ideas for ways in which the university might help to mitigate these impacts.

New Research Assistance Program (RAP) for Junior Faculty
March 19, 2021
The Office of Research has announced a Research Assistance Program (RAP) that recognizes and seeks to offset the negative effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on faculty research. The program offers financial assistance to those that have experienced COVID-related research delays due to significant dependent care responsibilities since March 2020. The deadline for priority consideration is March 29, 2021. The policy and FAQ are posted on the RAP page linked above.

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Susannah Scott
Divisional Chair, 2020-22

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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