Academic Senate

The BC Academic Senate poses in the Administration building.

About the Committee

Charge

The purpose of the Senate is to provide the means to represent the “Senate Association” in the formation and implementation of policy on academic and professional matters.

In implementing policies, the Senate will represent the Senate Association” to the President of the College and to the Board of Trustees with respect to academic and professional matters {so called 10+1 issues} and exercise the powers granted by the California Education Code and the Board of Governors.

The Senate shall assume primary responsibility in the areas of curriculum and academic standards as specified in the California Education Code.

Senate By-laws also dictate, to some degree, the manner in which the above charge shall be accomplished.

The Academic Senate Charge document was reviewed and approved on September 28, 2020.

 

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Scope of Authority

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 on 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 reasons in writing, if requested (see Title 5.3 §53200)
Membership
  • Chaired by the Academic Senate President
  • Senate Vice President
  • Senate Secretary
  • Senate Treasurer
  • Senate ASCCC Representative
  • Elected representatives-at least one from each academic department
  • 1 Elected adjunct faculty representative
  • 1 SGA representative; 1 alternate (non-voting member)
  • Members of the Academic Senate Executive Board (non voting members)

Title 5 & Academic Senate

Pursuant to Title 5 of the Administrative Code of California, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters as it relates, in particular to the following areas:

  • 1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and places courses within 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. Processes for institutional planning and budget development;
  • + Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon.

Members

Officers & Executive Board

Role Name
President
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Nick Strobel
Past President
1 year term, ending Spring 2022
Steven Holmes
Vice President
1 year term, ending Spring 2022
Erica Menchaca
Secretary
1 year term, ending Spring 2022
Paula Parks
Treasurer
1 year term, ending Spring 2022
Andrew Bond
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Rep
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Lisa Harding
AIQ Chair
3 year term, ending Spring 2022
Grace Commiso
Assessment Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Faith Bradham
Budget Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Teresa McAllister
Curriculum Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Mark Osea
Curriculum Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Misty Stowers
Enrollment Management Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Krista Moreland
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Council Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Tommy Tunson
Information Services & Instructional Technology Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Pam Boyles
Professional Development Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Matt Jones
Program Review Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2023
Kimberly Nickell
Book Store Advisory Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Michael McNellis
Facilities & Sustainability Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Pam Kelley
Scholarship Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2022
Rebecca Monks
Equivalency Chair
No term
Michael Ivey

Award Committee Chairs

Role Name
Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award Chair
No term
Donna Star
Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award Chair
Rotates alphabetically
Pam Boyles

Academic Senate Office

Role Name
Administrative Secretary Tarina Perry

Senators, Fall 2020 to Spring 2022

Role Name
Adjunct Representative Glenn Samples
Allied Health Heather Shaffstall
Behavioral Science/Criminal Justice* Gabriel Searcy
Biology Ashley Choate
Business Management & Information Technology Murad Zikri
Communication Christine Cruz-Boone
Counseling* Keri Kennedy
Engineering Systems* Maryam Jalaifarahani
English* Daniel Gomes
English* Shane Jett
English for Multilingual Students John Hart
Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Carl Dean / Casandra Goodman
Mathematics* Kris Toler
Nursing* Noelia Citialin
Performing Arts Robby Martinez
Philosophy Reggie Williams
Physical Sciences* Ximena Da Silva Tavares
Social Science* Richard (Alan) Bolar

Senators, Fall 2021 to Spring 2023

Role Name
Agriculture Healther Baltis
Applied Science & Technology Paul Murray
Art Ronnie Wrest
Behavioral Science* Karimeh Amin
Counseling* Sarah Villasenor
Education Michelle Hart
English* VACANCY
Family & Consumer Education Melissa Ysais
Foreign Language/American Sign Language Qiu Jimenez
Industrial Technology Ron Grays
Library & Academic Technology VACANCY
Mathematics* Dillon Giblin
Nursing* Malissa Buggs
Public Safety Training Programs VACANCY
Social Science* Olivia Garcia
Student Government Association Senator Jordan Amey
Student Government Association Vice-President (Alternate) Amanda Amos

*Discipline allows additional rep

Committee Resources

Forms for participating in a Senate meeting are in the "Joining Academic Senate Meetings" section.

References for Conducting Meetings

Awards

Academic Senate Executive Board

The Academic Senate Executive Board is a consultative body for the Academic Senate. Visit the Academic Senate Executive Board webpage for more information.

Documents