The Academic Senate acts as the representative body within the faculty through which
the responsibilities of the faculty are exercised.
The Academic Senate formulates, evaluates, and recommends to the President of the
University policies and procedures which pertain to the development, maintenance,
and improvement of the University program in academic matters.
The Constitution & Bylaws of the University Faculty and the Academic Senate establish
the basis upon which the Academic Senate participates in the governance of CSUSM.
Through a process referred to as "shared governance", a tradition in academia with
roots dating back to medieval times, the university faculty play a significant role
in the institution's growth and development.
The degree programs and curricula offered by the university are designed and vetted
by the faculty. In consult with university administrators, the faculty also develop
policies and procedures related to graduation requirements, faculty personnel matters,
student grievances, periodic assessment of degree programs, the handling of intellectual
property, and other aspects of university stewardship. The Academic Senate is the
primary vehicle for faculty engagement in these activities.
Senate Chair 19 - 21
Psychological Science, CHABSS
Senate Vice Chair 18 - 20
School of Nursing, CEHHS
Senate Secretary 19 / 20