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Academic Senate

Academic Senate Agendas and Minutes are available on BoardDocs.

Role Name
​President Nick Zappia
Vice-President​ Ron Newman
Correspondence Secretary​ John Torres
Appointment Secretary​ Kyle Castro
SJC Associate Faculty Representative​ Lindsay Weiler
MVC Associate Faculty Representative Gillian Patton


​2024-2025 ​SJC Site Council ​MVC Site Council
​President ​Nick Zappia Ron Newman
Vice-President​ John Torres Kyle Castro
​Senator Rodrigo Navarro Perez* Farah Firtha
​Senator Kathalena Rios* John Mull
​Senator   Shauni Calhoun
​Associate Faculty Representative
​Lindsay Weiler
Gillian Patton

*Denotes site council secretary

What is the Academic Senate?

The Academic Senate is the primary voice of faculty in academic and professional matters. Its elected members come from full time and associate faculty ranks, from both campuses, and from a broad array of programs. It is the only body in the district that represents both full time and associate faculty.


In creating the California Community College approach to shared governance, state statutes indicate that the faculty shall be incorporated into college deliberations regarding a variety of issues, ranging from curriculum to budget allocation processes and administrative evaluation. The Senate is a body representing the faculty in such issues, and it is the body that appoints faculty to committees, task forces, hiring procedures, and the like. The Senate is not a union; it is distinct from the MSJC FA, which represents the faculty in issues dealing with wage and working conditions.

Functions of the Academic Senate 10+1

In an effort to come in compliance with District and Statewide Senate regulations, your Academic Senate is now asking faculty to provide a brief description and to identify a 10+1 category for your proposed agenda items. The 10+1 categories are mandated by our state Academic Senate and can be found on our MSJC Academic Senate website. We have also listed them below for your convenience.
Academic Senate is an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters.

Functions of the Academic Senate

  1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites.
  2. Degree and certificate requirements.
  3. Grading policies.
  4. Educational program development.
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success.
  6. College governance structures, as related to faculty roles.
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes.
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities.
  9. Processes for program review.
  10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development.
  11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon.


Contact: Tara Pyle

Academic Senate Office 

MVC room 958