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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

2020-2021 Executive Committee

Robert Keith Collins
Chair
San Francisco

Darlene Yee-Melichar
Vice Chair
San Francisco

Beth Steffel
Secretary
San Bernardino

David Speak​
Member-at-Large 
Pomona

Nola Butler-Byrd
Member-at-Large
San Diego

Catherine Nelson
Immediate Past Chair
Sonoma

2020-2021 Academic Senate CSU Roster

Kevin Baaske (2021)
Communication Studies
CSU Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-4001

David J. Barsky (2022) 
Mathematics
CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-3064

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

Stephanie Burkhalter​ ​(2021)
Poli​tics
Humboldt State University​
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3925

Nola Butler-Byrd (2022)
Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
Counseling & School Psychology
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-3128

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

Robert Keith Collins (2021)
Executive Committee, Chair
American Indian Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1054

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

Julia E. Curry (2022)
Chicana & Chicano Studies
San José State University
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-5310​

Steven Filling (2022)
Accounting & Finance
CSU Stanislaus
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3773

Richard Ford (2023)
Mathematics
CSU Chico
400 West First St.
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898-6111

Nancy Counts Gerber (2023)
Chemistry & Biochemistry
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1160

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

Mark Groen​ (2023)
Education
CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 537-7625

Ivona Grzegorczyk​ (2022)
Mathematics
CSU Channel Islands
One University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-8868​​

Tracy Dawn Hamilton (2021)
Mathematics & Statistics
CSU Sacramento
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6534

Susan L. Holl (2023)
Mechanical Engineering
CSU Sacramento
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-5838

Kelly Janousek (2023)
Librarian
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-7815

Michael Jenkins (2023)
Mechanical Engineering
CSU Fresno
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-8743

Eileen Klink (2022)
English
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4223

Gary Laver (2023)
Psychology
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-2538

Ryne Leuzinger (2023)
Library
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Ctr.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 582-3535

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

Mark A. Martinez (2023)
Political Science
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield 93311
Phone: (661) 654-2352

S. Irene Matz​ (202​2)
Communication Studies
CSU Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-4418

Janet Millar (2022)
Counseling
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield 93311
Phone: (661) 654-3366

Thomas J. Norman (2023)
Management & Marketing
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-2146

Cezar Ornatowski (2023)
Rhetoric & Writing Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-7933

Wendy Ostroff​ (2022)
Cognitive & Developmental Science​​
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-3184​

Barry Pasternack (2021)
Professor Emeritus, Decision Sciences
Emeritus & Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA)
The Retiree Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-6522

Michelle Ramos Pellicia (2021) 
Modern Language Studies
CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-8006​

Steven Rein (2022)
Statistics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-2941

Boris E. Ricks (2022)
Political Science​
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-5113​

Heidi Riggio (2023)
Psychology
CSU Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-3750

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

Susan Schlievert (2022)
Curriculum & Instruction
CSU Fresno
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-0348

Richard J. Senghas (2023)
Anthropology​
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-2307​

Sara Senk (2023)
Culture & Communication
CSU Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 654-1202​

Praveen Soni (2021)
Marketing
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4763

David M. Speak (2022)
Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
Political Science
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-3886

Stephen Stambough​ (2023)
Political Science
CSU Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-2622

Beth A. Steffel (2021)
Executive Committee, Secretary
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, Gerontology, & Gender Studies
CSU Stanislaus
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3582

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

Adam Swenson (2023)
Philosophy
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-2750

Cynthia S. Trevisan (2021)
Physics
CSU Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 654-1119​

Gwen Urey (2023)
Urban & Regional Planning
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-2725

Kristin Ann Van Gaasbeck (2022)
Economics
CSU Sacramento
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6194

Mark Van Selst (2023)
Psychology
San José State University
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-5674

Meiling Wu (2023)
Comparative Literature
CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3370​

Darlene Yee-Melichar (2022)
Executive Committee, Vice Chair
Gerontology/Public Affairs & Civic Engagement
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-3558

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

Noah Zerbe (2021)
Politics
Humboldt State University​
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


2020-2021 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

Michelle Power
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

Alondra Esquivel Garcia​
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

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


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