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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

  • Rebuilding Santa Barbara

    Aiming to explore all facets of the fiscal health of the Central Coast as it rebounds from a catastrophic winter, UC Santa Barbara’s Economic Forecast Project (…

  • A Natural Fertilizer

    It’s long been known that sharks help nourish coral reefs, but exactly to what extent has never been scientifically mapped out — until now. A pioneering study —…

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion

    Long recognized as fertile ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, UC Santa Barbara now has a space dedicated to the sharing of ideas and resources to culti…

  • Storm Information and Updates

    The approaching winter storm poses no risk to the campus from potential debris flows. UCSB is a significant distance from the burn areas that could be impacted…

  • Happiness Is ...

    The Princeton Review recently named UCSB students the happiest in California. On International Day of Happiness, it’s only fitting that some of those students s…

  • Stem Cells Treat Macular Degeneration

    In July 2015, 86-year-old Douglas Waters developed severe age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He struggled to see things clearly, even when up close. A few…

  • Fighting Illegal Fishing

    Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If only it were that easy. For…

  • A Market-Based Approach

    In the early 1900s, New York City began paying for land management in the Catskills watershed to ensure safe drinking water for the city, avoiding the cost of b…

  • Reducing Collateral Damage

    Healthier fish stocks. Higher catches. Profits from fishing. Is there a way to achieve these holy grails of commercial fisheries without harming endangered spec…

  • Remembering Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking, who died Mar. 14 — Albert Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day — had a brilliant mind and a puckish sense of humor. Gary Horowitz experienced it firs…

  • A Meeting of the Science Minds

    Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University (front) joined some of the world’s leading physicists who came together at UCSB in 2001. Among others were, back, left t…

  • Saving Lives

    Last year, 81 million people worldwide experienced severe food insecurity. About 80 percent of them live in Africa. While much of that food insecurity relates t…

  • A Lesson from Darwin

    When British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he took notice of the giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that…

  • ‘Working for Women’

    The wide range of issues women face in the working world — from equal pay to attitudes about motherhood to the question of whether surrogate mothers should be c…

  • Shrinking SWaP

    If the parts in a satellite, a drone or other specialized device are large in size, weight and power consumption — in other words, if their SWaP is high — the d…

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair

(805) 893-2886

News & Announcements

Council on Faculty Welfare, Academic Freedom and Awards
The Council on Faculty Issues and Awards (CFIA) has been renamed as Council on Faculty Welfare, Academic Freedom and Awards (CFW). The Council's standing Committee on Faculty Welfare and Academic Freedom has also been renamed as Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF). These changes are intended to clarify that the entire council is charged with addressing a broad spectrum of faculty welfare issues, while the subcommittee focuses on academic freedom only.
Posted: March 8, 2018

UCSB Graduate Council Statement on Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Posted: December 13, 2017

Discussion of Regents’ Special Meeting of Nov. 16, 2017

Academic Council held a special meeting on Nov. 17, 2017 to discuss the ramifications of the interference in a State Audit by UC President Napolitano and her staff. Our concerns are summarized in the posted minutes of the meeting.

The Regents have publicly released an investigative report by former California supreme court justice Carlos Moreno (Moreno Report), a statement of reprimand, and an apology by President Napolitano. The Moreno Report is worth reading in its entirety. The Academic Senate will carefully consider all courses toward improvement in University governance.

Posted: November 30, 2017

Letters Regarding Retiree Health
This summer, the UC Office of the President proposed changes in retiree health benefits for faculty and staff to reduce the University’s cost and liabilities for retiree health. Notably, a proposal was placed on the July Regent’s agenda to remove the 70 percent floor for the University’s annual aggregate contribution to the retiree health benefit program. The Regent’s item was pulled after the Academic Senate (and others) objected strongly. I have been involved in the ensuing systemwide discussions as member of the Task Force on Investment and Retirement (TFIR) as well as Academic Council. I am pleased to report that President Napolitano has agreed to defer changes and to form a Working Group with Academic Senate members that will make recommendations for 2019. The Academic Senate’s position is well summarized in two letters, dated Oct.5, 2017 and July 6, 2017, respectively.
Posted: October 5, 2017

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

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