Academic Senate

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About the Committee


Participatory Governance Workshop and Survey

Please attend the Participatory Governance Workshop on November 28, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. at the Bakersfield Marriott on 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA. Signage will be posted to direct you to the meeting space. Parking is free at the Marriott.

Sponsored by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) and the Community College League of California (CCLC), this workshop will be presented by ASCCC President Dr. Julie Bruno, Pasadena City College Superintendent-President, Dr. Rajen Vurdien, and CCLC President Dr. Larry Galizio. This workshop presentation explains the process created by California Education Code and regulation designed to ensure faculty, staff and students have the right to participate in the district and college participatory governance process.

This workshop will include information on the roles of faculty, staff, and administration in the daily processes that result in college and district decision making, with a focus on the consultative process for our constituency groups, which includes students.

In preparation for the workshop, both the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) and the Community College League of California (CCLC) would like for you to complete a brief survey to better facilitate our workshop by addressing major concerns we may have with the participatory governance process. This is an opportunity for you to not only get the answers about the process, but gain a better understanding of the role you play. The survey is available on the web via Surveymonkey.

A week before the workshop, all District employees and students will receive an invitation to view this workshop via live website video streaming through the KCCD website.

A reminder about the Participatory Governance Workshop on November 28th can be viewed here.

Fundraiser for California Wildfire Relief

The Academic Senate Foundation for California Community Colleges' (ASFCC) fundraising campaign for the colleges impacted by California wildfires has been extended to December 1st, 2017. On the ASFCCC website, you can find a link to the donations page to show support for Mendocino, Napa, and Santa Rosa colleges.

Guided Pathways Awards

Applications for ASCCC awards are now available on the ASCCC website. The deadline for the Exemplary Award is November 6th, 2017; the deadline for the Hayward Award is December 22nd, 2017; and the Diversity Award deadline is February 5th, 2018. Click the links below for more information about the Guided Pathways Awards program.

Senate Rostrum

Board of Governors Nominations

If you would like to nominate someone to the Board of Governors, visit this page to download a link to the application.

Annually the ASCCC calls for nominations for one of the two faculty seats on the Board of Governors. We seek your assistance in identifying outstanding faculty members who are knowledgeable about the issues facing faculty and others in the community colleges. While we are particularly interested in candidates who represent and who have shown commitment to issues of diversity, as you will see on the enclosed sheet, the Academic Senate has broadened the criteria to encourage leaders with a variety of experiences to consider applying for this position. Thus, it is important that all members of your faculty are aware of this opportunity to serve.

The Governor appoints members of the Community College Board of Governors. As you may be aware, two faculty members serve on the Board of Governors, serving staggered two-year terms. The Governor makes these faculty appointments from a list of recommendations put forward by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. You can review the full policies and procedures here.

If you have any questions, please email

Role and Purpose

10+1 - Purpose of the Academic Senate

Title 5 §53200(b) states that the Academic Senate is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters. According to §53200(c), "academic and professional matters" means the following policy development and implementation matters:

  1. Curriculum, including establishing pre-requisites and placing courses with in disciplines;
  2. Degree and certificate requirements;
  3. Grading policies;
  4. Educational program development;
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success;
  6. District and College governance structures, as related to faculty roles;
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports;
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities;
  9. Processes for program review;
  10. Process for institutional planning and budget development; and
  11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the Governing Board and Academic Senates.


The Senate is the sole voice of the faculty and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees or designee with respect to academic and professional matters [10+1]. District board policy states that the Board of Trustees shall rely primarily upon the recommendations of the Senate in these areas.

"Rely primarily" means:

  • Recommendations of the senate will normally be accepted
  • Only in exceptional circumstances and for compelling reasons will the recommendations not be accepted
  • If not accepted, board/designee shall communicate its reasons in writing, if requested (see Title 5.3 §53200)

Senate Charge Documents


  1. Focus on improving student success.
  2. Develop a process for the determination of appropriate class sizes.
  3. Foster a sense of community and improve collegial consultation and communication in college and district communities.
  4. Embed accredditation, assessment, curriculum, equity and program review into the culture of the college.
  5. Develop and focus on processes regarding new initiatives including Pathways and Dual Enrollment.

For more information, check out our Senate Goal Report.

Board Policies



About the Awards

Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award

Kimberly Bligh - 2016/17 recipient

Kimberly Bligh

Jennifer Johnson, 2015-16 recipient

Jennifer Johnson

Levinson Award Recipient List

» About the Award

» Award Guidelines

Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award

Reggie Williams - 2016-17 Recipient

Kenward Vaughan

Kenward Vaughan, 2015-16 Recipient

Kenward Vaughan

Trembley Award Recipient List

About the Award

Award Guidelines

Nominations & Timeline

Statewide Academic Senate Awards



Academic Senate Office Contact Information

Administration Building, Room 4
1801 Panorama Dr.
Bakersfield College

Phone: (661) 395-4300

Fax: (661) 395-4373

Tarina Perry, Administrative Secretary

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Please select from the following:

Officers/Executive Board Members

Title Name Email Ext.
(2 yr term, ends Spring 2019)
Steven Holmes 4289
(1 year term, ends Spring 2018)
Andrea Thorson 4216
(1 year term, ends Spring 2018)
Matt Garrett 4586
(1 year term, ends Spring 2018)
Charles Kim 2017
(2 year term- ends Sp. 2019)
Deborah Rosenthal 4404
Member at Large Lisa Harding 4389
Administrative Secretary Tarina Perry 4300
Accreditation (AIQ) Co-Chair
(3 year term, ends Spring 2019)
Jessica Wojtysiak 4060
Assessment Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2019)
Dianthe "Di" Hoffman 4282
Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs
(2 year term, ends Spring 2019)
Jennifer Johnson 4372
Erica Menchaca 4005
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Committee Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2019)
Mia Ocean 4962
Information Systems & Instructional Technology (ISIT) Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2018)
Richard Marquez 4217
Program Review Committee Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2019)
Kimberly Nickell 4654
Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2019)
John Giertz 4544
Enrollment Management Co-Chair


(2 year term, ends Spring 2018)

David Koeth 4674
Budget Co-Chair (Academic Senate President) Steven Holmes 4289

Fall 2016-Spring 2018

Department Name Email Ext.
Adjunct Representative Glen Samples  
Allied Health Sarah Baron 4447
Biology Chad Newton 4085
BMIT Phil Whtiney

Communication VACANCY    
English Neal Stanifer 4264
EMLS Susan McQuerrey 4587
Health & P.E. Carl Dean 4265
Industrial Technology Klint Rigby 4579
Math Michael Frdenberg 4244
Nursing Shae Johnson 4742
Performing Arts Robby Martinez 4546
Philosophy Reggie Williams 4439
Physical Science Dan Kimball 4242
Student Services Faculty Victor Diaz  4052

Fall 2017-Spring 2019

Department Name Email Ext.
Academic Development Teresa McAllister 4432
Agriculture Bill Kelly 4097
Art Jeff Huston 4693
Behavioral Science/Criminal Justice Karimeh Amin 4521
English Laura Peet 4644
Family & Consumer Education Gayla Anderson 4815
Foreign Language/ASL Qiu Jimenez 4292
Industrial Technology Ron Grays 4368
Library Matt Jones 4332
Math Kurt Klopstein 4624
Nursing Alisha Loken 4420
Social Science Paul Beckworth 4028
Student Services Barbara Braid 4619

Other Committee Chairs

Title Name Email Ext.
Facilities & Sustainability Co-Chair (2 yr. term - Sp. 2018) Pam Kelley 4419
Scholarship Co-Chair (2 yr. term - Sp. 2018) VACANCY    
Equivalency Committee Michael Ivey 4363
Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award Becky Head 4050
Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award Nick Strobel 4526


Committee History


Academic Senate: 2016-17

16-17 Academic Senate Group Photo