Academic Senate

The BC Academic Senate poses in the Administration building.

About the Committee


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, 2016.


Info! Clicking the link opens and closes this section.
Scope of Authority

The Senate is the sole voice of the faculty and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees of 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)



Chaired by the Academic Senate President
25 elected representatives-one from each academic department
1 SGA representative
1 elected adjunct faculty representative



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.



Officers & Executive Board

Role Name
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Steven Holmes
Vice President
1 year term, ending Spring 2020
Victor Diaz
1 year term, ending Spring 2020
Matthew Garrett
1 year term, ending Spring 2020
Charles Kim
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Rep
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Lisa Harding
No term
John Giertz
AIQ Chair
3 year term, ending Spring 2022
Grace Commiso
Assessment Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Brent Wilson
Budget Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Teresa McAllister
Curriculum Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Jennifer Johnson
Curriculum Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Erica Menchaca
Enrollment Management Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Krista Moreland
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Council Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Bryan Hirayama
Information Services & Instructional Technology Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Pam Boyles
Professional Development Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Matt Jones
Program Review Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2021
Kimberly Nickell

Other Committee Chairs

Role Name
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Michael McNellis
Equivalency Chair
No term
Michael Ivey
Facilities & Sustainability Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Pam Kelley
Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award Chair
Rotates alphabetically
John Gerhold
Scholarship Chair
2 year term, ending Spring 2020
Rebecca Monks
Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award Chair
No term
Rebecca Head

Academic Senate Office

Role Name
Administrative Secretary Tarina Perry

Senators, Fall 2018 to Spring 2020

Role Name
Adjunct Representative Glenn Samples
Allied Health Heather Shaffstall
Biology Ashley Choate
Business Management & Information Technology Phil Whitney
Behavioral Science/Criminal Justice VACANT
Communication Angela Bono
Engineering Systems Maryam Jalaifarahani
English Anthony Huffaker
English for Multilingual Students Jeannie Parent
Health & Physical Education Carl Dean
Mathematics Kris Toler
Nursing VACANT
Performing Arts Robby Martinez
Philosophy Reggie Williams
Physical Sciences Nick Strobel
Social Science Richard (Alan) Bolar
Student Services Keri Kennedy

Senators, Fall 2019 to Spring 2021

Role Name
Agriculture Healther Baltis
Art Jeff Huston
Behavioral Science/Criminal Justice Karimeh Amin
Education Michelle Hart
English Paula Parks
Family & Consumer Education Melissa Ysais
Foreign Language/American Sign Language Qiu Jimenez
Industrial Technology Ron Grays
Library & Academic Technology Faith Bradham
Mathematics Dillon Giblin
Nursing Malissa Buggs
Physical Science Wade Ellis
Social Science Olivia Garcia
Student Services Sarah Villasenor
Student Government Association Representative Demetrius Daniel
Student Government Association Representative Connor Harris

Meeting Times

Every other Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m, Levan Center

Next Meeting

Academic Senate Meeting - February 5th, 2020

Last Meeting

Academic Senate Meeting - December 4th, 2019