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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

  • Cod and Climate

    In recent decades, the plight of Atlantic cod off the coast of New England has been front-page news. Since the 1980s in particular, the once-seemingly inexhaust…

  • The Art of Illusion

    Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Boston’s Fanuiel Hall. Union Station in Washington D.C. The World Trade Center. These landmark, iconic developments hav…

  • Take Ten: Donnell Dixon

    Just in time for the 2016 Michael Jordan Flight School, which lifts off at UCSB this week, Donnell Dixon, assistant public events manager at the UCSB Events Cen…

  • Faith in Diversity

    A group of scholars from diverse backgrounds and nationalities gathered at UC Santa Barbara this summer to examine religious diversity in the United States and…

  • A Helen for Our Times

    Poor Helen of Troy. Despite being the immortal child of gods and the most beautiful woman in the world, she’s often seen as a passive victim for whom a thousand…

  • For Whom the Births (and Worms) Toll

    Human childbirth is not only unpleasant, it’s also assumed to take a toll on women’s health, even while women have a greater life expectancy. A new study led by…

  • Back to Basics

    When it comes to eliminating schistosomiasis — a persistent disease cause by parasitic flatworms — controlling their host snails is key, according to a team of…

  • That ‘Eureka!’ Moment

    Thanks to superbugs, scientists are always on the lookout for new sources of antibiotics. Many come from microbes found in soil, where they have been waging war…

  • Teaming Up Against Sepsis

    A multidisciplinary team of scientists — including two UC Santa Barbara faculty members — is poised to undertake a major biomedical research initiative focused…

  • Alumni, Amplified

    One of the most prominent musicians among UC Santa Barbara alumni — next to Jack Johnson — is singer-songwriter Zach Gill. Funny enough, Gill often is next to J…

  • Try, Try Again

    And to think the discovery almost didn’t happen. During his doctoral years at Columbia University, physicist Andrea Young and colleagues tried to perfect the en…

  • ‘A Delightful Din All Down the Day’

    John Ridland doesn’t count himself an avid fan of King Arthur, Guinevere and other literature related to the Knights of the Round Table. But the professor emeri…

  • Uniquely Adaptable

    Great-tailed grackles are one of the most successful invasive bird species in North America, having moved up from Central America to occupy a vast range of habi…

  • Continuing Recognition

    UC Santa Barbara materials and electrical and computer engineering professor Shuji Nakamura has been elected to Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent research in…

  • Centered Minds

    UC Santa Barbara’s newest research center might well be its most focused. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB has opened The Center for M…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Divisional Chair
Terms: 2014-16, 2012-14
(805) 893-2886

News & Announcements

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

UC Academic Senate - The Senate Source (April 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: April 15, 2016

Planning for Increased Enrollment in 2016-2017

Posted: April 11, 2016

Letter to Faculty from Senate Chair Bhavnani

Posted: April 7, 2016

Election Results

Posted: April 3, 2016

Letter to Faculty from Senate Chair Bhavnani

Posted: February 24, 2016

Statement from University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications
The University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications has issued a statement regarding the monitoring of information technology systems at each UC campus. Additional information can be found on the UCOP website:
Posted: February 4, 2016

Individual Comments on the Report From the Pensions Task Force is due by February 15, 2016.
President Napolitano wants feedback from the UC community on the task force recommendations. All comments will be read, and the president will use them to help inform the proposal she is expected to bring to the UC Board of Regents in March.
Posted: February 1, 2016

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