Academic Senate

About the Committee


Recognition of Academic Senate 10 + 1

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.


  1. Focus on improving Student Success.
  1. Develop a process for the determination of appropriate class sizes.
  1. Foster a sense of community and improve collegial consultation & communication in college and district communities.
  1. Embed Accreditation, Assessment, Curriculum, and Program Review into the culture of the college.


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)


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

In implementing policies, the Senate will represent the Academic Senate to the President of the College and to the Board of Trustees with respect to academic and professional matters and exercise 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.


Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award

» Levinson Award Recipient List

» About the Award

» Award Guidelines

Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award

Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood, 2014-15 Shirley Trembley Co-Winner

Jeannie Parent

Jeannie Parent, 2014-15 Shirley Trembley Co-Winner

» Trembley Award Recipient List

» About the Award

» Award Guidelines

Nominations & Timeline



Board of Governors Nominations: Nominations will close no later than Dec. 31.

C-ID Newsletter



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 2017)
Steven Holmes 4289
(1 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Andrea Thorson 4216
(1 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Matt Garrett 4586
(1 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Charles Kim 2017
(2 year term ends Sp. 2017)
Tom Greenwood 4229
Member at Large Lisa Harding 4389
Administrative Secretary Tarina Perry 4300
Accreditation (AIQ) Co-Chair
(3 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Kate Pluta 4531
Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs
(2 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Billie Jo Rice 4936
John Carpenter 4294
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Committee Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2017)
Bryan Hirayama 4611
Information Systems & Instructional Technology (ISIT) Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2016)
Richard Marquez 4217
Program Review Committee Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2017)
Kimberly Nickell 4654
Professional Development Co-Chair
(2 year term, ends Spring 2017)
John Giertz 4544

Fall 2014-Spring 2016

Department Name Email Ext.
Adjunct Representative Denise Norris 4404
Allied Health Marsha Eggman 4467
Biology Chad Newton 4085
BMIT Greg Chamberlain 4875
Communication A. Todd Jones 4406
English Neal Stanifer 4264
ESL Susan McQuerrey 4587
Health & P.E. Reggie Bolton 4359
Industrial Technology Klint Rigby 4579
Math Rachel Vickrey 4382/4530
Performing Arts Robbie Martinez 4546
Philosophy Anna Poetker 4367
Physical Science Dan Kimball 4242
Student Services Faculty Kathy Rosellini 4618

Fall 2013-Spring 2017

Department Name Email Ext.
Academic Development Joyce Kirst 4464
Agriculture Bill Kelly 4097
Art Kris Stallworth 4206
Behavioral Science/Criminal Justice Christian Zoller 4484
English Laura Peet 4644
Family & Consumer Education Gayla Anderson 4815
Foreign Language/ASL Qiu Jimenez 4292
Industrial Technology Ron Grays 4368
Library Anna Agenjo 4463
Math Kurt Klopstein 4624
Nursing Ronnie Knabe 4287
Social Science Ishmael Kimbrough 4524

Other Committee Chairs

Title Name Email Ext.
Assessment Coordinator
(2 year term, ends Spring 2017)
David Neville 4291
Equivalency Committee Michael Ivey 4363
Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award Becky Head 4050
Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award Nick Strobel 4618

Duties of Members

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Committee History

Meeting Times

Every other Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m, Collins Conference Center. The full committee calendar for all BC committees can be found on the BC Committees Homepage.