Academic Senate

The Senate facilitates communication among the faculty, the college and district administration, the students, and the Board of Trustees. The Senate strives to promote the development and maintenance of teaching excellence within the framework of academic freedom, professional responsibility, and ethics. (Title 5 §53200)

Hours

Tuesday, Thursday
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday
1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Academic Senate and Executive Board meetings are on campus on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., during which time the office is closed.

Contact

Phone: 1.559.442.8200, ext. 2382
E-mail: Denise Flores
Old Administration Building (OAB) 184

Purpose

The Academic Senate is the organization on campus that represents faculty in the formation of policy in “Academic and Professional Matters”. Title 5, Article 2, Section 53200 defines such matters as:

  • Curriculum including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
  • Degree & certificate requirements
  • Grading policies
  • Development of educational programs
  • Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
  • District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
  • Faculty roles in accreditation processes
  • Policies for faculty professional development activities
  • Process for program review
  • Processes for institutional planning and budget development
  • Other matters as agreed upon between the governing board and academic senate

Membership

Representatives from faculty departments are elected to serve as senators for one-year terms. The Senate averages seventy members, including senators, elected officers and the Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Elections for senate seats are held in April and May for the coming academic year.

Meeting Schedule

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:00 pm during the academic year.

Executive Board

The officers who serve on the Executive Board are elected by the senate in different terms. The President, President-Elect and Past President each serve two-year terms. The three Officer-at-Large, one of which is the Membership Secretary, each serve one-year term, and may succeed themselves for as many terms as elected. The Curriculum Chair is elected by the Curriculum Committee. Elections are held every Senate year at the last spring meeting. Following is information and contacts for each of the officers serving during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Academic Senate typically meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month during the academic year.

Karla Kirk

Duties:

  • To preside at meetings of the Senate and of the Executive Board.
  • To represent the Senate and faculty at college and district wide meetings, public meetings, the State Academic Senate meetings, and other occasions which require a public spokesperson to represent the faculty within the scope of Senate activities.
  • To appoint other members of the Senate to represent it when the President and President-Elect are unavailable.
  • To serve as an ex-officio member of all committees unless the Senate otherwise limits committee membership.
  • To direct correspondence, issues, and communication to the appropriate committees.
  • To issue agendas developed by the Executive Board.
  • To issue calls to meetings and to keep appropriate records.
  • To manage any clerical support personnel.
  • To appoint senators to special projects in lieu of committee assignments

Michael Takeda

Duties:

  • If the President is absent, to serve as President.
  • To do other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Board.

Duties:

  • To assist the President with current duties.
  • To do other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Board.

Duties:

  • To carry out the duties of the Curriculum Chair as per the Curriculum Committee operating agreement.
  • To attend Senate and Executive Board meetings.
  • To report to the Senate on the activities of the Curriculum Committee.

Duties:

  • To keep a roster of all senators for the current academic year and to take attendance at all Senate meetings.
  • To notify any subdivision at Fresno City College if it is not fully represented on the Senate.
  • To generate a list of active members of the Senate for the Sabbatical Leave Committee, for the division deans, and for whomsoever else may have need of such information.
  • To do other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Board

Duties:

  • To hold Department Chair meetings.
  • To do other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Board.

Duties

  • To do other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Board.

Academic Senate Committees

All committee information is provided at the MyOrgs Academic Site.

Academic Success Committee

Responsible for increasing student success across the curriculum and developing meaningful and purposeful improvements in basic skills instruction in all areas across the campus.

Assessment and Placement Committee

The Assessment and Placement Committee will be responsible to make recommendations for the assessment and placement policies and procedures that will place Fresno City College students into appropriate English, EMLS, and math courses.

Certificated Personnel Committee

Responsible for overseeing the solicitation of nominations and the selection of the campus finalists for the:

  1. Hayward Award for Excellence in Teaching
  2. Regina Stanback Stroud Diversity Award
  3. Exemplary Award

Responsible for maintaining and updating the faculty handbook, as needed.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for reviewing, assessing and recommending all proposed additions, revisions, and deletions to the curriculum of Fresno City College. The Committee’s recommendations shall be made to the Board of Trustees through the Educational, Coordinating, and Planning Committee (ECPC).

Equivalency Committee

Responsible for overseeing the equivalency actions taken by the various academic departments.

Instruction Committee

Responsible for addressing academic needs of faculty such as grading and attendance policies, academic standards, and facilities or materials related to instruction.

Instructional Technology Committee

Responsible for investigating academic and professional matters that affect technological transformations by the college.

Serves as a liaison to faculty by conveying recommendations to the District Technology Coordinating Committee, the Fresno City College Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) and Fresno City College Distance Education Advisory Committee (DEAC).

Shared Governance Committee

Responsible for reviewing campus and/or district-wide shared governance issues.

Student Welfare Committee

Responsible for investigating issues and recommending action(s) concerning student life on campus.

Travel and Conference Funding Committee

Responsible for reviewing and approving faculty requests for Travel and Conference and Flex Day funds awarded to the Academic Senate.