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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

  • Teaching Toward the Future

    Tine Falk Sloan, director of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, is one of three recipients of the 2…

  • Art on the Set

    One day in 1995 Constance Penley got a phone call that would change her life. On the other end was “this crazy artist from Texas” named Mel Chin, and he had a p…

  • Science vs. Cinema

    UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist Andy Howell is a self-proclaimed film geek. In his spare time, the staff scientist at the Las Cumbres Observatory reviews films…

  • International Kudos

    In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come fr…

  • Fundamental Fellows

    Einstein’s theory of general relativity and quantum theory are among the 20th century’s most significant advancements in the field of physics. And yet they are…

  • At the Top of Their Game

    Usually, a team at UC Santa Barbara preparing for an intercollegiate national championship would be big news. Fans, hoopla, campus pride — you couldn’t miss it.…

  • Engineering Success

    If you’re a college undergrad, you know full well your third year is your moment of truth. Gone are the days of tentatively exploring your major; gone is much o…

  • Missed Connections

    Studies of brain activity typically draw their findings from measurement averages across entire groups of subjects. But new research out of UC Santa Barbara tha…

  • An Honor of Note

    Francisco Lomelí had no idea he was being considered for membership in a prestigious organization of Spanish language scholars. And then out of the blue word ca…

  • Stellar Simulators

    It’s an intricate process through which massive stars lose their gas as they evolve. And a more complete understanding could be just calculations away, if only…

  • Technology Management 2.0

    Technology-based entrepreneurship can be as novel and exciting as the advanced and innovative products and services that spawn them. So, too, are the ideas and…

  • A Trio of AAAS Fellows

    Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016. Biologist Kathleen Foltz, e…

  • Girl Power

    Jell-O, water tanks and laser beams. Using these simple tools, four female scientists gave a group of 28 girls a lesson in light technologies and a primer in ph…

  • Thanksgiving Feasts for African Gods

    In a different age, women were told that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. Elizabeth Pérez, an assistant professor of religious studies at UC Sa…

  • A Comet Star

    Growing up in the California desert, Qicheng Zhang developed an early appreciation for stars and the universal expanse beyond the sky. But his biggest space cur…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair

(805) 893-2886

News & Announcements

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 (Nov. 30) 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 Nov. 9, 2016) and the letter by UC, CSU and CCC leaders urging President-elect Trump to continue DACA (dated Nov. 29, 2016).
Posted: November 30, 2016

UC, CSU and CCC leaders urge President-elect Trump to continue DACA
In a letter sent today (Nov. 29), 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

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

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