Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the University of California’s faculty government. Through the Senate, faculty work in partnership with the administration to govern and fulfill UC’s missions of teaching, research, and public service. Descriptions for each Academic Senate committee position can be found below.

At this moment all positions have been filled. Please contact the GSA Internal Vice President (gsainternalvicepresident@ucdavis.edu) if you have any questions about these committees.

Academic Freedom & Responsibility The Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility studies conditions within or outside of the University, which in the judgment of the committee may affect the academic freedom of the University or its individual members.
Please note: this may include issues regarding freedom of expression.
Admissions & Enrollment The Committee on Admissions and Enrollment oversees and advises on various matters of admissions and enrollment at Davis.
Affirmative Action & Diversity The Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity advises the administration on affirmative action policies for academic personnel and academic programs; pays special attention to the problems of admission and retention of culturally and economically disadvantaged students; and seeks means of enhancing faculty and student awareness and participation in both the EOP and SAA.
Courses of Instruction The Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) is authorized to approve new courses, modifications of existing courses, general education designations, and other matters relevant to courses. COCI also advises the administration on the scope, format, timing of publication, and other aspects of the UC Davis General Catalog.
Distinguished Teaching Awards This committee issues a call for nominations of faculty to be selected for either a Distinguished Teaching Award in undergraduate or graduate/professional teaching.
Note: good teaching is something that needs to be valued, recognized, and rewarded. This committee could be great if you want to see exemplars of good teaching from across a broad range of disciplines
Graduate Council Graduate Council makes recommendations on new programs leading to existing graduate degrees, including the qualifications of departments and graduate groups to initiate new programs. Graduate Council also advises on numerous other matters relevant to graduate affairs. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
GC Subcommittee Academic Planning and Development The subcommittee advises on matters related to the future needs and directions in graduate education; campus and systemwide policy; degree conferral, enrollment, and fundraising procedures; reports and recommendations on graduate work, and postdoctoral issues. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
GC Subcommittee Courses The subcommittee advises on the review and evaluation of all new graduate program proposals and degree requirement changes, and reviews student status and dissertation information. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
GC Subcommittee Educational Policy The Support Committee reviews and provides advice to the Graduate Dean and Graduate Council on the allocation of block grants funds, and awards fellowships and graduate scholarships, including honorary travel fellowships and other designated fellowships in accordance with the terms of the donors of the fellowship funds. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
GC Subcommittee Graduate Student Support The Welfare Committee shall advise the Graduate Council on the establishment of standards for appointment of graduate students to be Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Graduate Student Researchers, and Postdoctoral Scholars; establishment of standards or policies for the limitation of study lists of students who are employed; and establishment of standards or policies related to the welfare and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
GC Subcommittee Program Review The subcommittee advises on the recommendation and supervision of all new, changed or deleted graduate courses of instruction, and serves as the liaison with the Davis Divisional Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
GC Subcommittee Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Scholar Welfare The subcommittee advises on the review of graduate programs and DE’s and develop program review procedures. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
Information Technology This committee is responsible for advising the Chief Campus Officer and the Davis Division on all policies and practices relating to the use of information technology and telecommunications, and will act as the representative for the Davis Division on these matters.
International Education This committee’s duties include: (1) to represent the Davis Division in all matters connected with the Education Abroad Program; (2) to represent the Davis Division in all aspects of international education, exchange, and internships; (3) to initiate and assist in the formation of policies and programs that affect international education, and that service to integrate it into campus academic programs; (4) to designate approved Education Abroad Courses for General Education Credit; (5) to provide academic approval and periodic review of the Campus Reciprocal Exchange Program.
Library The committee shall advise the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee on the administration of the Library and issues related to scholarly communication. The Committee shall also advise the University Librarian on issues pertaining to print, electronic, and other collections, to changing patterns of faculty and student use of the library, to removal and storage of physical library holdings, and to space and other demands. The committee shall report at least once a year to the Representative Assembly.
Public Service The Public Service Committee reviews and advises on non-personnel matters relating to the involvement of faculty in public service activities; advises the University Extension on new course offerings, policies and criteria for admission, criteria for appointment of instructors, and post-baccalaureate certificates; and issues a call for nominations of faculty to be selected for a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.
Undergraduate Council (UC) Undergraduate Council (UGC) has statutory authority over undergraduate education and programs. UGC establishes policies for undergraduate education; develops and reviews campus-wide educational objectives and criteria for evaluating educational effectiveness; approves or denies the establishment and discontinuation of undergraduate programs; authorizes academic disqualifications and or/dismissals; and authorizes undergraduate transcript notations.
UC Subcommittee Undergraduate Instruction & Program Review The Undergraduate Instruction and Program Review (UIPR) Subcommittee studies the effectiveness and efficiency of undergraduate instruction at UC Davis, and spearheads efforts to foster, recognize, and reward good teaching, and make recommendations for improvements. UIPR determines if established educational objectives for programs have been meaningfully addressed.

 

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