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The FIRST Academic Senate Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, September 8, 2015.


Community Time (with snacks) begins at 2pm.

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

Annual Faculty Picture will be at 2:15p outside the building!

Agenda Overview and Links to Materials

All materials for the September 8th meeting can be accessed through the following link:

As is typical for our first meeting, we have no "continuing" business and no "new" business items. We do however, have a several reports that will inform you of the "goings on" for the semester as well as services available to faculty and students.

Please note that "Intent to Raise Questions" has moved down the agenda to after "New Business" as an attempt to prioritize our business and informational items. This seems to have worked well and was well received last year. Please also note that questions raised at senate should be of a nature that addresses significant faculty or campus issues.

Academic Senate Announcements and Reminders

Senate Attendance

If you are unable to attend senate during Fall 2015 due to a class or repeating scheduled conflict, please do consider removing yourself from the quorum. However, please do be aware that if you remove yourself from the quorum you are not able to vote during the specified leave. You may take this leave on a semester basis. If interested, please email Jeanne Grier (

Election Information

Elections for Senate and Senate Advisory Committees: The Committee on Committees is conducting elections through 5pm September 5th. The link to the ballot went out on Tuesday, September 1st to all tenure track faculty.

If you have any general questions, please contact Ruben Alarcon ( AND Colleen Delaney ( AND Carola Matera (

Senate Structure Report and Call for Task Force II Participation

In AY 15-16 the Senate Structure Task Force convened, surveyed faculty, and created a report based upon the findings. The Senate Structure Task Force I Report can be found on the Academic Senate Community in CI Learn. If you are interested in participating in Senate Structure Task Force II during Fall 2015 please contact Jeanne Grier ( The Task Force will be convened by mid-September to begin working on the recommendations from the Task Force I report.

University Committees-Call for Participation

The call to participate/volunteer for University Committees went out on August 26th along with a list of open committees. Last year the University Committee process was decentralized with committees being assigned to the Vice President of each Division. All tenure track and lecturer faculty with 6 WTU are eligible to volunteer. Senate Officers make recommendations to each Vice President from the list of faculty volunteers. The deadline for volunteering is Friday, September 4th at 4pm. If you would like to volunteer please send your name to Dave Daniels ( along with the committees you are interested in participating.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Tenure Track Faculty Recruitment

Please put the following dates on your fall calendar:

October 29-30

November 5-6

November 12-13

CFA and Faculty Affairs are cosponsoring the workshop: A Journey into Change: Unconscious Bias on Friday, September 11, from 8:30 to noon. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. Registration closes Friday, September 4. Please contact Nitzia Castaniero ( in Faculty Affairs for more information. An RSVP is required.

Teaching and Learning Innovations

Upcoming Workshops from held in the FIT studio (1201 Solano)

Introduction to VoiceThread in CI Learn this Friday, September 4th from 10-12p with Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Using Grade Center in CI Learn, Friday, September 11th, 9-10:30a with Michael McGarry
If you are unable to join us at these specific times but would still like assistance or individual help you can email
If you encounter any problems in CI Learn email

Please ‘subscribe’ to the TLI blog at The button is located on the left hand side of the page. Subscribing is the best way to stay informed about our ongoing programs such as the Blended Learning (BLPP) and Online Teaching(OTPP) programs plus a host of other useful information and resources.

Center for Multicultural Engagement
SAFE Training, Sept. 18, 9 am - 12 pm, location TBA. Interactive workshop on issues affecting LGBT people on campus. Space is limited so please RSVP here:

Center for Multicultural Engagement Award Presentations: Sept. 23, 9 - 10:30 am in 1201 Solano. Come see our colleagues' presentations on their CME-supported projects and get inspired to propose your own.

Film: Mosquita y Mari, Nov. 5, 5 pm in Petit Salon. A well-reviewed film about a relationship between two young Chicanas. The movie deals with LGBT and immigration issues and will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Aurora Guerrero. Please encourage your students to attend. Pizza will be served!

Center for Community Engagement offers the following funding opportunities to faculty teaching in a fall 2015 service-learning course:

Conference Registration: The CCE will cover conference registration for faculty to attend or present at a service-learning conference. These funds are offered on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for funds visit:

Service-Learning Course Support Fund: Faculty teaching a service-learning course are eligible to apply for up to $500 in funds to support high impact service-learning practices and projects by covering essential associated costs. For more information visit:

The CCE’s Service-Learning webpage at provides stakeholder resources including: guidebooks, reflection activities, service-learning syllabi/resources, a list of publishing outlets for service-learning and community-based research, and more!

Center for Integrative Studies

CIS has identified two priority areas of interdisciplinary work. The first, Restoring a Healthy Planet, will focus on reducing the destructive impact of human civilization on the health of the other living communities on our planet. The second, Creating a Just Society, will examine possibilities around creating a justice in a society that was, and continues to be, built on the exploitation and subjugation of other humans. We will create working groups this fall of faculty, staff and students interested in each of these topics. Please email Kathryn Leonard ( if you are interested in leading efforts in either of the priority areas.

CIS also offers minigrants to support interdisciplinary work on campus. The deadline for consideration in fall is Sunday, October 11, at midnight. Faculty, staff, and student groups are eligible to apply. The call for proposals can be found at:

Additionally, CIS will host monthly coffees in the Chive Courtyard behind Ojai Hall. The first one will be Tuesday, Sept 15, from 2:30 – 4 pm. Refreshments are provided thanks to the generosity of the Mathematics Program.

For more information visit:

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