We're still a work in progress -- and welcome your feedback as we build it all out.
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.
- Center for Human Resources
- IT @ SDSU
- Center for Teaching and Learning
- Instructional Technology Services
- Zoom / web conferencing
- Qualtrics User Support (including account set-up and migration)
- Universal Design/accessibility
- Office of the President
- Academic Affairs / Faculty Advancement
UPDATE: Search for a New SDSU President
The search for a new SDSU President began in earnest on September 25th--when the CSU Trustees hosted the Open Forum (Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center). Check out the Forum archive if you weren't able to attend "live."
On October 17, a few Trustees, the Chancellor and several members of the SDSU Advisory Committee met with faculty, staff, students and community members at the Imperial Valley campus.
Collectively, this data helped to ensure that SDSU's voice remains the one that matters as the Advisory Committee members and Trustees review applicant qualifications and winnow the pool.
The Advisory Committee conducted an initial review of candidates in early December; we meet again in mid-January--narrowiing the pool to the highest-qualified.
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 being
formed in January 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!
Seeking 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. Nominees from five units (Engineering, Imperial Valley, Arts & Letters, Fowler, Sciences) have already submitted reflective portfolios to their Deans/Associate Deans -- with the Faculty Honors & Awards Committee beginning its deliberations in late January.
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.