Welcome to the Academic Senate!
As part of the SJCC governance process, the Academic Senate represents faculty in all academic and professional matters. We also share responsibility for the development of District policies with the Associated Students, the administration, classified staff, and employee unions. All staff and students are welcome to attend our meetings.
Senate Office: Room T-412
2100 Moorpark Ave
San José, CA 95128
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3917
Senate meetings via Zoom and in-person.
See Current Agenda for meeting details.
- Heidi Kozlowski, President
- Fabio Gonzalez, Vice President
- Mark Branom, At Large
- Philip Crawford, At Large
- Treasurer (Vacant)
Area 1 - Applied Sciences
Isai Ulate, Machine Technology
Area 2- Arts/Humanities
Michelle Gregor, Art
Area 3 - Natural Sciences
Preston Pipal, Biology
Area 4 – Business
Kidane Sengal, CIS
Area 5 – Library/LRC
Area 6 – Counseling & Health Sciences
Yesenia Escobar Mendoza, Counseling
Rosemarie Espinoza, Counseling
Area 7 – EOP&S/CARE, CalWORKs, SAS
Julio Flores, EOP&S
Area 8 – Language Arts
Yevgeniya Sokolenko, ESL
Area 9 – Physical Education/Athletics
Doug Robb, Kinesiology/PE
Area 10 – Mathematics
John Banks, Mathematics
Area 11 – Service Careers
Scott Miller, EMS
Area 12 – Social Science
Full-Time At Large
Mark Branom, CIS
Mary Crocker Cook, ADS
Fabio Gonzalez, Counseling
Part-Time At Large
Philip Crawford, Political Science
Teresa Castaneda, Counseling
Avid Farhoodfar, CIS
Dana Bernstein, History
IPCC Chair (Ex-officio, non-voting)
Andrés Rodriguez, IPCC Chair
Academic Senate Description
On July 7, 1964, the Board of Trustees of the San José/Evergreen Community College District authorized the establishment of an academic senate at San Jose City College. Our Senate became operative during the Fall of 1964.
The San José City College Academic Senate represents faculty in all academic and professional matters. As provided by The California Educational Code, Title V, and District Policy, the District’s Governing Board normally accepts all recommendations from the Academic Senate regarding such matters as curriculum, accreditation, professional development, and program review. In other words, the Academic Senate, actually shares in the governance of our district in the case of academic and professional matters.
The Senate also shares responsibility for the development of all other District policies with the Associated Students, the administration, classified staff, and employee unions. The Senate appoints all faculty members to the District committees and task forces, exclusive of collective bargaining committees. The Academic Senate normally meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:10 pm in the Community Conference Room, SC204. All staff and students are invited to attend our meetings.
Academic Senate Mission Statement
The Academic Senate represents the professional and academic interests of the full-time
and part-time faculty of San José City College. In this capacity the senate acts as
the official voice of the faculty and is empowered to represent the faculty to the
administration and to the district governing board. In particular, California state
education code stipulates eleven areas in which faculty through their senates are
to be “consulted with collegially,” if not “relied on primarily,” in setting policy
and district goals and objectives. Rely primarily upon the Senate for:
1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
2. Degree and certificate requirements
3. Grading policies
4. Educational program development
5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
6. District and college governance structure, as related to faculty roles
7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation process, including self-study and annual reports
8. Policies for faculty professional development
9. Process for program review
10. Process for institutional planning and budget development
11. Other academic professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the Governing Board and the Academic Senate.
This list includes matters that clearly get to the heart of our mission as a community college and our role as faculty. And, as the eleventh item clearly indicates, this list is not exhaustive. Also of interest and importance to faculty is the Senate’s right and responsibility to appoint faculty representatives to district and campus committees – including tenure review committees. This insures that the faculty is represented by representatives of its choice, but it also demands that faculty members are willing to serve.