What's New?

Updated June 4, 2015


Academic Senate Information

Current Events:

The Senate has adjourned for the summer and will not meet again until September 14, 2015.

At the first meeting of the 2015-2016 Academic Senate on May 11, 2015, the following Senate Officers were elected; [Note:  Senate Chair for 2015-2016 Michael Kimbarow], Vice Chair - Stefan Frazier, Associate Vice Chair - Pat Backer, Chair of the Organization and Government Committee - Bethany Shifflett, Chair of the Instruction and Student Affairs Committee - Michael Kaufman, Chair of the Professional Standards Committee - Ken Peters, Chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee - Ravisha Mathur.

At the last meeting of the 2014-2015 Academic Senate on May 11, 2015, four Sense of the Senate Resolutions were passed; SS-S15-4, Honoring and Thanking Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley for her service to the Senate and the University, SS-S15-5, Honoring and Thanking Dr. Lynda Heiden for her service to the Senate and the University, SS-S15-6, Endorsing the Statement on Shared Governance at San Jose State University, and SS-S15-7, Supporting the Resolution Prepared by the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA).  One policy recommendation was approved by the Senate and is pending signature by the President, AS 1555, Credit by Examination.

At the April 27, 2015 Senate meeting, the Senate passed five policy recommendations that are pending approval by the President; AS 1560, Scheduling of Thanksgiving Holiday, AS 1566, Appointment of Regular Faculty Employees, AS 1567, Retention, Tenure and Promotion for Regular Employees, Procedures, AS 1568, Retention, Tenure and Promotion for Regular Employees, Criteria and Standards, and AS 1557, Revisions to SJSU Library Policy. 

At the April 6, 2015 meeting, the Senate received a report from Senator Pat Backer regarding the outcome of the 2015-2016 Senate Elections, a Report on Diversity in Hiring and Retention of faculty by AVP Elna Green, and a brief presentation and handout on LOFT from Bruce Reynolds.  Two policies were passed and approved by the President from this meeting.  University policy S15-4, Prerequisites for the Writing Skills Test (WST), and University policy S15-5, Academic Standards, Probation and Disqualification.


Opportunities for University Service

  • Serving on a Senate committee is an excellent way to get involved and we encourage you to find a committee focused on issues of importance to you, whether it be faculty affairs/professional standards, instruction and student affairs, research, facilities, or program development and assessment. 
  • Please check the list of current senate committee vacancies.  If you are interested, please contact your college rep for the Committee on Committees to learn about appointment and/or election procedures.



Recent Senate Policies (Academic Year 2015-2016):

Policies passed by the Senate and Signed into University policy by President Qayoumi:



Senate Management Resolutions Passed by the Senate (2015-2016):

  • None


Sense of the Senate Resolutions Passed by the Senate (2015-2016):