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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

  • New Research Horizons

    Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members — cryptographer Stefano Tessaro and condensed matter physicist Andrea Young — have been selected to receive research fellow…

  • Spiritual World

    Some relatives never leave. In Japan, they hang around even after they’ve passed away. Called “tama” or “tamashii,” spirits of deceased ancestors are considered…

  • Counting Sharks

    Many shark populations around the world are known to have declined over the past several decades, yet marine scientists lack important baseline information abou…

  • In Great Shape

    In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-perform…

  • Gone Fishing

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, UC Santa Barbara’s Nikkei Student Union will present the documentar…

  • Chemical Sex Appeal

    When it comes to choosing a mate, an attractive scent is just as important as good looks — at least among stick insect populations. In fact, according to a new…

  • The Price of Secrets

    When secrets are exposed, can life ever be the same? That question is at the heart of “Lydia,” the new production from UCSB’s Department of Theater and Dance, w…

  • Snow Job

    More than one-sixth of the world’s population relies on seasonal snow and glaciers for water. And in the western United States as much as three-quarters of the…

  • Beach Bashing

    Last winter’s El Niño might have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was in fact one of the most powerful climate events of the past 145 years…

  • An Experiment in History

    The first European settlers to set foot on California soil didn’t arrive alone. Clattering behind the sandals and boots of the Spanish missionaries were the hoo…

  • Encouragement From the Future

    Three UC Santa Barbara engineering undergraduate students were named recipients of $1,000 scholarships to be awarded during National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25.…

  • Your Brain on Exercise

    It’s universally accepted that the benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, from reducing the risk of disease to improving sleep and enhancing mood. Physica…

  • A Workable Future

    Anne Petersen realized as an undergraduate that for her, a career in history would be best experienced outside of a classroom. It was her second summer in colle…

  • International Debate

    UC Santa Barbara’s Confucius Institute couldn’t have better timing, even if it was unintentional. The institute this week is hosting its “International Conferen…

  • The Little Bacterium That Could

    A humble bacterium first isolated in New York’s Lake Oneida almost 30 years ago could change the world. With its innate ability to generate electricity, the lit…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair

(805) 893-2886

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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