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TUESDAY, February 9, 2016.

Academic Senate Meeting


Community Time (with snacks) begins at 2pm

LOCATION for FALL 2015:: 1908 Smith in the MVS Decision Making Center

Agenda Overview and Links to Materials

All materials for the February 9th meeting can be accessed through the following link:

We have one item under "Continuing Business" on our agenda that will be second reading items and up for a vote.

The General Education Committee (GE) has incorporated feedback from the first reading and is offering a policy on the "Golden Four" to keep us in compliance with a recent Executive Order (EO) from the Chancellor's Office. The "Golden Four" are the GE categories of: Oral Communication, English Writing, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning. The (EO) sets forth a minimum grade of C for these GE classes.

There is one 'New Business' item on our agenda as a first reading item, and one Special Report

The first reading item is a Policy on Conducting MPP Searches. This policy is meant to be used in tandem with SP 14-15, Policy on Composition of MPP Searches. This policy will also be under simultaneous review by the President's Policy and Planning Council.

The Special Report during New Business is regarding senate restructuring. We will discuss the proposed models, the gaps, as well as timeline and work remaining.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Faculty Tenure Track Recruitment Search Reminder:

Spring 2016 faculty recruitment is now underway! The first group of faculty candidates will be arriving Thursday, February 25th and on campus Friday, February 26th. The second group of candidates will be arriving Thursday, March 3rd and on campus Friday, March 4th. We are searching for new faculty in Art, Computer Science, Health Science, History, Performing Arts, Political Science, and Secondary Education.

A Note from the Senior Research Officer

Lots of things happening this semester. Here's a list of a select few.

1. Staff from Research and Sponsored Programs continue offering workshops for faculty in the craft of grant writing. Watch the RSP web page for announcments, and RSVP for those of interest to you!

2. This semester, there will be a couple IdeaFests that will bring CI faculty and Navy employees together to talk about common interests. The first two IdeaFest themes will be "(Big) Data and Modeling" and "Unmanned Aerial Systems". If either of these topics interest you, let me know and I'll make sure you see the announcements.

3. On March 24th, CI will play host to the Navy's annual Industry Expo. Organizers are so eager to have faculty and students participate that registration for them is gratis. See for registration information.

4. The SAGE Student Research Conference is on Saturday, 14 May. The format will be similar to previous years, but the conference has grown so much that it's moving out of the library. Stay tuned for details, and watch for the call for abstract submissions.

5. Last semester, I met sat down with many faculty members to take a deep dive into learning about their research interests. If I missed you and you want to sit down with me, send me an email and we'll get together!

This is only a short list of things happening this semester in the grants-corner of the University. Watch the RSP web page and campus emails for other opportunities. Contact me if you have any questions or ideas for other ways we can. --Jason (

A message from the Interim Dean of the School of Education:

DATE: January 20, 2016

FROM: Merilyn Buchanan, Dean - School of Education

SUBJECT: Early Childhood Studies Program in Santa Barbara

Dear Campus Community:

We are excited to welcome the 3rd Early Childhood Studies Cohort for the Santa Barbara County satellite in Goleta this Fall. This program is a state-side cohort of our ECS program housed at CI and offered at Santa Barbara City College’s Wake Center to support local students in the Santa Barbara County area. Our first cohort will graduate this Spring!

This program is the result of a lot of internal and external work and partnerships lead by Dr. Carola Matera and Ms. Mari Estrada, Adjunct Faculty & Special Consultant. We are currently in the process of reviewing systems and creating a sustainable infrastructure for our students to navigate and access services across campus.

We request that you keep our satellite students in mind when implementing, delivering and promoting student services and invite you to share any ideas of how we may support students to navigate these processes.

You may contact Dr. Carola Matera, Assistant Professor & Santa Barbara Coordinator at or by phone 805-738-8278. We have also setup the program website for Santa Barbara,

Thank you for your assistance with this process!

Sincerely yours,

Merilyn Buchanan

Dean, School of Education

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