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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

  • The Value of Nature

    Money may not grow on trees, but trees themselves and all that they provide have a dollar value nonetheless. At least, that’s the view of those seeking to quant…

  • It's Kind of a Drag

    Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort — that’s what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise.…

  • Becoming College Ready

    For many high school seniors, getting — and keeping — themselves on track for college can be an overwhelming endeavor. Even more so for those who are the first…

  • The Beach Time Capsule

    And to think it was all right there in her garage. A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan’s home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa B…

  • Ideas and Inspiration

    From water conservation, energy efficiency and carbon neutrality, to waste reduction, food sourcing and the “greening” of laboratories, all aspects of campus su…

  • Allied for Innovation

    Joseph Incandela, vice chancellor for research and a professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for Southern Ca…

  • A Climate of Cooperation

    */ These are difficult times for environmental advocates. Temperatures continue to rise worldwide, climate change skeptics run the U.S. Environmental Protect…

  • A Rising Star

    It’s a tiny marine invertebrate, no more than 3 millimeters in size. But closely related to humans, Botryllus schlosseri might hold the key to new treatments fo…

  • A Warmer Shade of Blue

    In 2016, Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer while reaching for his identification during a traffic stop — the officer feared the bl…

  • Historian Terence Keel Receives Plous Award

    Terence Keel, an assistant professor of history and of Black studies at UC Santa Barbara has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award. One of the university’s…

  • “Hail, Hail, Hail”

    Closing the book on another academic year, UCSB commencement exercises celebrate achievement and look ahead.

  • The (Extra) Eyes Have It

    Your doctor is an expert with many years of experience. So when she tells you, upon reviewing all the fancy tomographic imaging you had done, that the tendernes…

  • X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

    Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using o…

  • ‘A Magnificent Accomplishment’

    The Phi Beta Kappa chapter UCSB has selected 123 new members from among the College of Letters and Science 2017 graduating class.  At UCSB, as at other major co…

  • ‘A Glorious Day for a Celebration’

    The atmosphere at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management was casual and convivial. Professor emertitus Marc McGinnes wore stilts with his robes.…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair

(805) 893-2886

News & Announcements

Classroom Protocol Survey
The Undergraduate Council is conducting a survey to collect data about faculty experiences and observations in the classroom. We are especially interested in the use of electronics, academic integrity, student engagement, and academic preparation. Your response will inform discussions of possible revisions in education policy, changes in orientation materials, and communications to students regarding classroom expectations. You will receive an email with a unique survey link during the week of May 22. We would deeply appreciate your help.

All responses are confidential and results will be reported only in the aggregate.
Posted: May 18, 2017

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

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