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About the Senate

The Academic Senate of the California State University consists of 53 faculty members elected by their colleagues at the 23 individual universities comprising the California State University system.​

Founded in 1963, the Academic Senate:

  • advances the principles of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry to promote academic excellence in the CSU
  • recommends policies to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on systemwide academic, professional, and academic personnel matters
  • serves as the official voice of the faculties of the California State University in matters of systemwide concern

The Academic Senate is the primary consultative body on the academic implications of systemwide fiscal decisions.

The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Academic Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Academic Senate in its dealings with many groups, including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and Chancellor's Office staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public.

With offices at the Chancellor's Office, the headquarters of the CSU in Long Beach, California, the Academic Senate operates throughout the year as an agency of faculty governance. Plenary sessions are held at the Chancellor’s Office preceding each meeting of the Board of Trustees from September through May.

The Academic Senate recommends nominees to the Governor for the Faculty Trustee member serving on the CSU Board of Trustees.

The Constitution and Bylaws are the guiding documents of the Academic Senate. The principles and policy document, originally known as the Blue Book and last revised in 1999, is a compilation of significant documents and policies across the history of the Academic Senate. Since the establishment of the Academic Senate, it has been chaired by faculty from across the system.

In addition to the aforementioned documents, senators are encouraged to consult the orientation, guidelines for members and officers, and parliamentary procedures documents.



Executive Committee

2018-19 Executive Committee

Catherine Nelson
Chair
Sonoma State

Robert Keith Collins
Vice Chair
San Francisco State

Thomas Norman
Secretary
Dominguez Hills​

Praveen Soni
Member-at-Large
CSU Long Beach

Jodie Ullman
Member-at-Large
CSU San Bernardino

2018-19 Academic Senate CSU Senators

David J. Barsky (2019) 
Mathematics
CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-3064

Kris Bezdecny (2019)
Geoscience & Enviornment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-2400

Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd (2021)
Agriculture
Chico State
400 West First St.
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898-6879

Steve Browne (2020)
Marine Transportation
Cal Maritime
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 654-1162

Jon Bruschke (2019)
Communication Studies
CSU Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3074

Nola Butler-Byrd (2019)
Multi-cultural Counseling
San Diego State
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-3128

Kirti S. Celly (2021)
Business Administration
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3503

Robert K. Collins (2019)
Executive Committee, Vice Chair
American Indian Studies
San Francisco State
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-2013

Eniko Csomay (2021)
(Applied) Linguistics
San Diego State
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-3377

Mary Ann Creadon (2019)
English
Humboldt State
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3160

Steven Filling (2019)
Accounting
Stanislaus State
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3773

Richard Ford (2020)
Mathematics
Chico State
400 West First St.
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898-6111

Julie Glass (2021)
Mathematics
CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-2159

Tracy Dawn Hamilton (2021)
Mathematics
Sacramento State
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6435

Susan L. Holl (2020)
Mechanical Engineering
Sacramento State
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6624

Kelly Janousek (2020)
Librarian
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-7815

Michael Jenkins (2020)
Mechanical Engineering
Fresno State
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-8743

Eileen Klink (2019)
English
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4223

Gary Laver (2020)
Psychology
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-2538

James Lee (2020)
Sociology
San José State
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-5866

James G. LoCascio (2019)
Mechanical Engineering
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-2068

Vanessa Lopez-Littleton (2021)
Public Administration (Health Policy)
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Ctr.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 582-4043

Elizabeth Matthews (2021) 
Political Science & Global Studies
CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-8578

Janet Millar (2019)
Counseling
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield 93311
Phone: (661) 654-3366

Catherine Nelson (2020)
Executive Committee, Chair
Political Science
Sonoma State
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-3963

Thomas Norman (2020)
Executive Committee, Secretary
Management
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-2146

Cezar Ornatowski (2020)
Rhetoric & Writing Studies
San Diego State
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-7933

Barry Pasternack (2020)
Professor Emeritus, Information Systems & Decision Sciences
Emeritus & Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA)
The Retiree Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-6522

Jeffrey Reeder (2019)
Spanish
Sonoma State
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-2351

Heidi Riggio (2020)
Psychology
Cal State LA
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-5617

Simon Rodan (2021)
Management
San José State
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-3415

Susan Schlievert (2019)
Curriculum & Instruction
Fresno State
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-0348

Jerald Schutte (2020)
Sociology
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-4049

Shahin G. Shahi (2020)
Electrical Engineering
CSU Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3664

Dipendra K. Sinha (2020)
Mechanical Engineering
San Francisco State
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-7737

Praveen Soni (2021)
Executive Committee, Member-at-Large 
Marketing
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4763

David Speak (2019)
Political Science
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-3886

Beth Steffel (2021)
Graphic Design
CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 537-5490

Mark Hoven Stohs (2021)
Finance
CSU Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3074

Ann Strahm (2021)
Sociology
Stanislaus State
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3582

Elizabeth Sussman (2021)
Nutrition
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-4693

Adam Swenson (2019)
Philosophy
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-3263

John Tarjan (2020)
Management & Marketing
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield 93311
Phone: (661) 654-2321

Cynthia S. Trevisan (2021)
Physics
Cal Maritime
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (310) 243-2104

Jodie Ullman (2020)
Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
Psychology
CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 537-5104

Gwen Urey (2020)
Urban & Regional Planning
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-2725

Mark Van Selst (2019)
Psychology
San José State
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-5674

Meiling Wu
Modern Languages & Literature
CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3370

Scott Waltz (2020)
Education
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Ctr.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 582-5334

John Yudelson (2021)
Communication
CSU Channel Islands
One University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-3983​​

Darlene Yee-Melichar (2019)
Gerontology
San Francisco State
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-3558

Noah Zerbe (2021)
Political Science
Humboldt State
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3911



Chancellor's Office Staff

Tracy Butler
Director
562-951-4013

Reem Osman
Administrative Support
562-951-4011


2018-2019 Representatives & Liaisons to the Academic Senate CSU

Leo Van Cleve
Chancellor's ASCSU ex-officio representative
CSU Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 6th floor​
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-951-4790

Manolo P. Morales
Alumni Council Liaison
c/o CSU Office of the Chancellor
California State University Alumni Council
401 Golden Shore, 6th floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
951-781-9559

Jay Swartz
CSU Emeritus & Retired Faculty and Staff Association
(CSU-ERFSA) Liaison
The Retiree Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8339
818-677-6522

Kaila Cooper
California State Student Association (CSSA) Liaison
c/o CSU Office of the Chancellor
California State Student Association
401 Golden Shore, 2nd floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-951-4025

Jennifer Eagan
California Faculty Association (CFA) Liaison
California Faculty Association
1110 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-441-4848


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