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.

Special Message on Curtailment - October 2020
October 20, 2020
In my newsletter of October 8, 2020, I mentioned the challenges posed to our University by the budget crisis, precipitated by the on-going pandemic. Since then, President Drake announced a proposed budget-savings plan that would impose a curtailment period on every UC campus during the 2020-21 academic year.

Divisional Chair’s Newsletter - October 2020
October 8, 2020
Welcome to this edition of the Divisional Chair’s Newsletter, which is designed to keep Senate members informed about recent events in the Academic Senate.

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Susannah Scott
Divisional Chair, 2020-22

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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