Academic Senate (with aerial photo of campus in background)
Photograph 2003 by Alan Nyiri, courtesy of the Atkinson Photographic Archive.

Leadership

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Chair
Susan Cochran
Professor
Public Health - Epidemiology
scochran@senate.ucla.edu
310-206-9310

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

Member, Undergraduate Council, 2004-2006; Chair, Committee on Curriculum, UGC, 2005-2006; Member, Council on Planning and Budget, 2010-2013; Member, Graduate Council, 2013; Co-Chair, Committee on Degree Programs, GC, 2014-2015

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

Vice-Chair, Epidemiology, 2013

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Chair (1999-2004) and member (2004-2015), Faculty Advisory Committee, Lesbian Gay and Transgender Studies; Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for Social Science Research, 2001-2003; Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, 2010; Chancellor’s Award for Special Contributions to a Fair and Open Academic Environment, 2004; Member, University Committee on LGBTQ Affairs, 2011-2012

Statement

Some things I have learned from being a member of this distinguished faculty: We are resilient, creative, dedicated and, yes it seems, always challenged. In recent years, budgetary constraints, faculty shrinkage in the face of an expanding student body, and the ever pressing needs for maximizing research, educational and technological innovation have pushed us to find novel solutions befitting our commitment to excellence. Key to these efforts is a functioning collaborative shared governance structure. As the voice of the faculty, the Academic Senate is one leg of this three legged-stool--the university administrative leadership and staff and elected representatives from our outstanding student body comprise the other two legs. Together, our shared wisdom and disparate expertise meld to achieve our research, teaching, and service mission. But to accomplish this, it is critical that the Academic Senate function proactively in campus wide decision-making. As Senate Vice-Chair, and subsequently Chair, I will work diligently to give voice to faculty concerns and to enhance the accomplishments of the Academic Senate. My prior Senate service has well prepared me for this role. While serving on the Council on Planning and Budget, I was able to see up close how finances shape decision making at UCLA. I have served on two other major committees within the Academic Senate, the Undergraduate and Graduate Council, where I worked with others to review departments in both the College and the Professional Schools. Listening to faculty’s take and external visitors has given me a rich knowledge of what it means to achieve excellence here at UCLA. My service has also left me with a profound sense of how shared governance positively contributes to the work of the faculty. As I have the privilege of a joint appointment in both a college and a professional school department, I feel I also have the ability to grasp and represent the needs of a broad constituency. Like many of us, I teach undergraduates in service courses and rely on the resources of the university to help me to create the best educational experience possible. Also, as a member of the faculty in the Health Sciences, I train graduate and professional health sciences students and post-docs in preparation for their distinguished careers. These experiences, in conjunction with my stints on Undergraduate and Graduate Council, have instilled in me a deep appreciation for the differential concerns that faculty across our 109 departments experience. Finally, as a well-respected researcher in the field of diversity science, I also get the myriad of ways in which policies and procedures must address the diversity of issues that affect faculty life. In this time of challenge, I believe I have the skill set that is needed to work effectively on behalf of the faculty.


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Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Sandra Graham
Professor
Education
sgraham@senate.ucla.edu
310-206-1205

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

2011-2015, Council on Academic Personnel (CAP)
Vice Chair, 2013-14
Chair, 2014-15

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

2004-2008, Chair, Department of Education, UCLA
2001-2006, Director, NIMH Training Grant in Applied Human Development, Department of Education

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

1994-1996, Chair, Interdepartmental Program in African American Studies

Statement

I’ve spent my whole academic career at UCLA. I started in 1982 as Assistant Professor Step II in the Department of Education. By 2015 I had worked my way to Above Scale and the title of Distinguished Professor. I also hold a UC Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity. I am a developmental psychologist who studies the social and academic adjustment of adolescents in urban middle schools and high schools that vary in racial/ethnic diversity.

Service has been an integral part of my career at UCLA. I was Chair of the IDP in African American Studies from 1994-1996, a time when conversations about a Department of African American Studies were beginning to take shape. From 2004 to 2008, I was Chair of my Department of Education, overseeing 45 ladder faculty as well as five PhD programs, four professional programs, and the Undergraduate Minor in Education. During my tenure as Chair we hired 11 new ladder faculty, 5 of whom were members of racial/ethnic minority groups. I have always been committed to nurturing the next generation of scholars of color and increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of UCLA ladder faculty.

Over the years, I have served on numerous university task forces, search committees, promotion committees, and advisory committees to academic programs. My first Academic Senate committee was a 4-year term on the Council on Academic Personnel (CAP) from 2011-2015. I was Chair of CAP in 2014-2015. Service on CAP was a defining moment in my service career and perhaps the best immediate preparation for leading the Academic Senate. Faculty rights and responsibilities in shared governance are often enacted in our personnel review process, requiring CAP to deliberate on Senate initiatives. During my year as Chair, I represented CAP’s position on the recommendations of the Academic Senate Task Force on the Moreno Report, changes to APM 210 on evaluating contributions to diversity, and the proposed initiative to create a Professional teaching series. These critical issues about campus racial climate, valuing diversity, and our teaching mission continue to influence the work of the Academic Senate.

Some of the challenges likely facing UCLA in the coming year are the effects on faculty workload of an increase in undergraduate enrollment without a strong faculty renewal model, continuing efforts to improve campus racial climate, how to evaluate merit and promotion in a professional teaching series, and changes to the UC retirement plan that could impact our ability to recruit and retain a world class faculty. If elected Academic Senate Vice Chair, I plan to work with (and learn from) the current leadership to represent the faculty on these and other challenges. I have the experience, insight, and ability to work with diverse constituencies to carry out the duties of Chair and protect our interests in new policy initiatives that will shape UCLA’s future.


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Immediate Past Chair
Leo Estrada
Associate Professor
Public Affairs/Urban Planning
leobard@ucla.edu
310-825-6574

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE:

Graduate Council 1996-1998
Privilege and Tenure 1999-2001; Chair: 2000-2001
Committee on Planning and Budget 2002-2004
Undergraduate Council 2011-2014; Chair: 2013-2014

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Advisory Committee, Chicano Studies Research Center 1982-2014
Charles Young Humanitarian Award Committee 2005-2014
Faculty Advisory Committee, Center on Minority Health Disparities, School of Public Health 2002-2005
Editorial Board, Aztlan 2007-2011

SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT:

Admissions Committee, Chair 2012-2014
Curriculum Committee, 2010-2014
Financial Aid Committee, 2005-2012
Computing Committee, 2008-2011
Staffing Committee, 1982-1984, 1986-1988, 2003-2006
Legislative Assembly Representative, 2006-2008
Cordinator, Core Methods 2000-2014
Undergraduate Minor Committee 2013-2014

Statement

I have been at UCLA since 1977 as a faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning. I spent most of my time during the first 15 years doing what academics do---teaching, conducting research, recruiting and mentoring students and participating in departmental committees. Over the next segment of my academic career, I began to work more often on University affairs including Ad Hoc Committees and then Academic  Senate committees. I first served in the Academic Senate as a member of the Graduate Council, Privilege and Tenure Committee, the Committee on Planning and Budget, and the Undergraduate Council. I am currently Chair of the Undergraduate Council.  In this capacity, I have worked with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and become aware of the numerous issues facing our university community.  UCLA is known as a campus with a strong and vibrant shared governance system and my overall goal will be to sustain and enhance this during my tenure.

UCLA faculty are facing challenges due to decreasing resources and increasing demands as retiring faculty and recruited faculty are not replaced. All the while, students make demands for more classes taught by ladder faculty. UCLA faculty members have responded up to this point but there are limits as to how far you can stretch resources. Future demands on faculty members must be negotiated judiciously with the Administration.

Ultimately, the Academic Senate serves as the voice of the faculty but not only to serve the faculty's interests but to ensure that UCLA students receive the best instruction, learning oppportunities and have a quality learning experience.


Past Chairs

 

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aberbach Jan Reiff

Leo Estrada
2015-16
Public Affairs/Urban Planning

Joel Aberbach
2014-15
Political Science

Jan Reiff
2013-14
History & Statistics

Sarna Photo Leuchter Photo Ann Karagozian
Linda Sarna
2012-13
Nursing  

Andrew Leucther
2011-12
Psychiatry

Ann Karagozian
2010-11
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering   
Robin Garrell  

Michael Goldstein

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Robin L. Garrell
2009-10
Chemistry

Michael Goldstein
2008-09
Public-Community Health     

Elizabeth Ligon Bjork
2007-08
Cognitive Psychology
Vivek Shetty Adrienne Lavine Kathleen Komar

Vivek Shetty
2006-07
Dentistry - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Adrienne Lavine
2005-06
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Kathleen Komar
2004-05
Comparative Literature
Clifford Brunk Duncan Lindsey John Edmond
Clifford Brunk
2003-04
Organismic Biology, Ecology & Evolution
Duncan Lindsey
2002-03
Social Welfare
John Edmond
2001-02
Biological Chemistry
Stephen C. Yeazell Donna L. Vredevoe Vickie Mays
Stephen C. Yeazell
2000-01
Law
Donna L. Vredevoe
1999-2000
Nursing
Vickie Mays
1998-99
Psychology
Chand Viswanathan Aimée Dorr No Image Available
Chand Viswanathan
1997-98
Electrical Engineering
Aimée Dorr
1996-97
Education
Charles Lewis
1995-96
Medicine
Judith L. Smith Carole Goldberg-Ambrose Archie Kleingartner
Judith L. Smith
1994-95
Physiological Science
Carole Goldberg-Ambrose
1993-94
Law
Archie Kleingartner
1992-93
Management
Seymour Feshbach David Kaplan No Image Available
Seymour Feshbach
1991-92
Psychology
David Kaplan
1990-91
Philosophy
Sidney Roberts
1989-90
Biological Chemistry
No Image Available Sydney Finegold No Image Available
Charles Berst
1988-89
English
Sydney Finegold
1987-88
Medicine
David Chapman
1986-87
Biology
No Image Available William Dignam Kenneth Trueblood
Fred Massarick
1985-86
Management
William Dignam
1984-85
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kenneth Trueblood
1983-84
Chemistry
Murray Schwartz Samuel Aroni No Image Available
Murray Schwartz
1982-83
Law
Samuel Aroni
1981-82
Architecture & Urban Planning
Daniel Kivelson
1980-81
Chemistry
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David S. Maxwell
1979-80
Anatomy
A. Theodore Forrester
1978-79
Engineering/Physics
Florence Ridley
1977-78
English
Raymond Orbach Elwood Buffa Moses Greenfield
Raymond Orbach
1976-77
Physics
Elwood Buffa
1975-76
Management
Moses Greenfield
1974-75
Radiology
No Image Available No Image Available Benjamin Aaron
David Wilson
1973-74
Political Science
George Abell
1972-73
Astronomy
Benjamin Aaron
1970-71
Law
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Lowell Paige
1968-69
Mathematics
Thomas L. Jacobs
1966-68
Chemistry
Robert E. Holzer
1964-66
Geophysics
No Image Available No Image Available Foster H. Sherwood
John S. Galbraith
1962-64
History
Earl L. Griggs
1960-62
English
Foster H. Sherwood
1958-60
Political Science
No Image Available Martin R. Huberty No Image Available
Franklin P. Rolfe
1956-58
English
Martin R. Huberty
1954-56
Agriculture
Francis E. Blacet
1952-54
Chemistry
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James A. C. Grant
1950-52
Political Science
Carl Epling
1949-50
Botany
Gordon S. Watkins
1948-49
Economics
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E. Lee Kinsey
1947-48
Physics
Vern O. Knudsen
1946-47
Physics
Franklin P. Rolfe
1945-46
English
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Albert W. Bellamy
1944-45
Biology
William G. Young
1943-44
Chemistry
Robert W. Hodgson
1942-43
Agriculture
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Sigurd Hustvedt
1941-42
English
George E. Sherwood
1940-41
Mathematics
Kate Gordon Moore
1939-40
Psychology
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Waldemar Westergard
1938-39
History
Bennett M. Allen
1937-38
Biology
Sigurd Hustvedt
1936-37
English
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William C. Morgan
1934-36
Chemistry
Ernest C. Moore
1933-34
Education/Philosophy