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 an 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.
Senate's Excellence in Teaching Award AY 2018-19
On behalf of the Senate Officers, the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee (FHA) ... and ultimately the Senate, my thanks to our seven Teaching Excellence Award nominees and the College Deans/Associate Deans who supported them.
FHA members spent considerable time reviewing submitted materials before making their selection--and this excerpt from Chair Matt Anderson's letter to me illustrates the challenge he and the Committee members faced in choosing a single award recipient.
"The Faculty Honors and Awards Committee received seven nominations for the Senate Excellence in Teaching Award. The Committee met and deliberated on the nominations, and was deeply impressed with the quality of the nominees and the scope of their teaching endeavors. All nominees were truly exceptional with their contributions to discovery and dissemination of knowledge at SDSU. We were only able to recommend one of the nominees for this award but we feel that all nominees were deserving a recognition with their exceptional teaching and teaching innovations."
Ultimately, the Committee recommended (and we all congratulate) Professor Audrey Hokoda (College of Education/Department of Child and Family Development). As many of you know, Dr. Hokoda's teaching and research areas are associated with domestic issues, peer relationships and conflict resolution; given her longstanding reputation as a caring and innovative educator, it's no surprise that so many of her students have themselves won prestigious awards and opted to enter the academy.
Information about Dr. Hokoda's presentation (set for Wednesday, April 24) will be announced within the next few weeks. At that event, she will receive a stipend of $10,000, and the title Senate Distinguished Professor.