A Message from the Senate Chair

Mike Botwin, Chair of the Academic SenateThe faculty on the campus of California State University, Fresno have always taken the charge of the California State legislature to recognize the “ joint decision-making and consultation between administration and faculty or academic employees is the long-accepted manner of governing institutions of higher learning and is essential to the performance of the educational missions of such institutions” [the California Higher Education Employer-Employees Relations Act (HEERA), section 3561(b)] quite seriously.  The Faculty have the primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research and creative/scholarly activity, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process including matters directly affecting the instructional budget (Constitution of the Academic Assembly, Section 6).

These are great responsibilities for the faculty at Fresno State.  Traditionally we have had one of the strongest and most vocal academic assemblies in the California State University system.  The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty on our campus.  If you are a member of the faculty I urge you to participate in the activities of the Academic Senate.  A strong faculty voice is possible ONLY if we all participate in guiding the future of our campus.  If you are student, staff member, or alum faculty governance is always happy to assist you in any way we can.

Please feel to contact me if you need help resolving a campus issue, need to voice a concern about our campus, or just want to know how things work on campus. 


Mike Botwin, Chair
Academic Senate