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The University Senate is where SDSU's major constituencies weigh in on an array of policy decisions. Senate members represent all areas of campus life and thus focus on issues that affect the University's general welfare---from curriculum to facilities ... and from admissions to administrator reviews.
The Senate meets the first Tuesday of the month (Fall: September thru December; Spring: February thru May). These are public sessions and guests are welcome (although they can't participate in our deliberations).
We encourage faculty, staff, and students to take a active role in policy-making; your voices make a difference! Contact the Senate Office or Senator Allison Vaughn if you're interested in serving on any of our many Committees, Councils or Boards.
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Welcome to SDSU, Adela de la Torre
The search for a new SDSU President, which began in earnest last September, has ended -- with the selection of Adela de la Torre. Dr. de la Torre will be on campus several times over the next five months, working closely with President Roush and key administrators, faculty and staff on the transition. Her first visit is set for the week of Februrary 5.
SDSU's Support of DACA Students
SDSU leadership issued a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after President Trump's announced (in early September) he would phase out the program unless Congress acts within the next six months.
As of January 2018, DACA remains mired in tangential issues related to immigration, including construction of a border wall; its furure is also tied to negotiations to raise the debt ceiling and other spending authorizations. The Dept of Homeland Security / US Citizenship & Immigration Services website remains a good source of information.
Aztec Mascot/Identity -- Examining Perspectives
President Roush has conmmitted to initiating a comprehensive and inclusive discussion
of the Aztec Mascot/Identity--a process that will conclude in late Spring with decisions
that could bring significant change to the campus. The 17-member Task Force, whose
members will be announced in early February, will include five faculty and staff,
five students, five alumni, and two members at large. The discussion itself stems
from a Resolution that the Senate approved in November 2017.
Updates: Hepatitis A and Influenza
While the Hepatitis A outbreak continues to draw headlines and concern, even more pressing is the widespread flu outbreak. Although the flu vaccine is limitedly effective, physicians and County Officials still recommend innoculation. The campus is a busy place -- and avoiding crowds is nearly impossible; if you're ill, see a doctor and stay home!
UPDATE: Nominees for the Senate's Excellence in Teaching Award
We'll soon know which faculty member will receive the Senate's Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2017-18 academic year. Members of the Faculty Honors & Awards Commitee are now reviewing portifolios from nominees representing six units (Engineering, Education, Imperial Valley, Arts & Letters, Fowler, Sciences); a final decision is expected in mid-February.
As noted earlier, qualified nominees may be tenured, tenure-track (probationary),
The Senate Distinguished Professor is recognized for contributions made to students, respective academic disciplines, and the campus communities. The primary criterion of this award is teaching excellence.
All final nominees will be recognized at the awards ceremony scheduled for early April, but only one individual will receive the title Senate Distinguished Professor and present a public lecture as part of the ceremony; this individual will also receive a cash award.
Below are the documents guiding the nomination/selection process.