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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

2022-2023 Executive Committee

Beth A.​ Steffel
Chair
San Bernardino

Thomas Norman
Vice Chair
Dominguez Hills

Mark Van Selst
Secretary
San Jose

Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd
Member-at-Large 
Chico

Adam Swenson
Member-at-Large
Northridge

Robert Keith Collins
Immediate Past Chair
San Francisco

2022-2023 Academic Senate CSU Roster

David J. Barsky (2025) 
CSU San Marcos
Mathematics
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-3064

Kris Bezdecny (2024)
CSU Los Angeles
Geosciences & Environment
5151 State University Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-2419

Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd (2024)
Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
CSU Chico
Agriculture
400 West First St.
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898-6879

Stephanie Burkhalter​ ​(2024)
Cal Poly Humboldt​
Poli​tics
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3925

Nola Butler-Byrd (2025)
San Diego State University
Counseling & School Psychology
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-3128

Robert Keith Collins (2024)
Executive Committee, Immediate Past Chair
San Francisco State University
American Indian Studies
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-2013

Eniko Csomay (2024)
San Diego State University
Linguistics & Asian/Middle Eastern Languages
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-3377

Steven Filling (2025​)
CSU Stanislaus
Accounting & Finance
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3773

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

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

Carolyn Gibbs​ (2023)
CSU Sacramento
Design
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-3948

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

Tracy Dawn Hamilton (2024)
CSU Sacramento
Mathematics & Statistics
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6534

Christine Isakson (2023)
Cal Maritime
International Business & Logistics
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 654-1254​

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

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

Kristi Kanel (2023)
CSU Fullerton
Human Services
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-2644

Eileen Klink (2025)
CSU Long Beach
English
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4223

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

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

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

Janet Millar (2025)
CSU Bakersfield
Counseling Center
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield 93311
Phone: (661) 654-3366

Michael Milligan (2024)
CSU Fullerton
Finance
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3118

Dana Nakano (2024)
CSU Stanislaus
Sociology
One University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3512

Sarah Nielsen​ (2024)
CSU East Bay
English
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3151​​

Elaine Newman (2025)
Sonoma State University
Mathematics
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-4461

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

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

Michelle Ramos Pellicia (2024) 
CSU San Marcos
Modern Language Studies
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-8006​

Monica Pereira​ (2024)
CSU Channel Islands
Library
One University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-3654​​

Steven Rein (2025)
CalPoly San Luis Obispo
Statistics
One Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-2941

Boris E. Ricks (2025)
CSU Northridge
Political Science
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-5113​

Heidi Riggio (2023)
CSU Los Angeles
Psychology
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-2250

Simon Rodan (2024)
San José State University
Management
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-3415​

Julia Curry Rodriguez​ (2025)
San José State University
Chicana & Chicano Studies
One Washington Sq.
San José, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-5310​

Susan Schlievert (2025)
CSU Fresno
Curriculum & Instruction
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-0348​

Jerald G. Schutte​ (2023)
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Emeritus & Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA)
The Retiree Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-4049

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

Jason Shepard​ (202​5)
CSU Fullerton
Communications​
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-5301

Praveen Soni (2024)
CSU Long Beach
Marketing
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4763

Beth A. Steffel (2024)
Executive Committee, Chair
CSU San Bernardino
Art & Design
5500 University Pkwy.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 537-5490​​

Elizabeth Sussman-Dabach​ (2024)
CSU Northridge
Family & Consumer Science
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-4693

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

Laura Talamante (2024)
CSU Dominguez Hills
History
1000 East Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3503

William Tsai (2024)
CSU Maritime Academy
Mechanlical Engineering
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 654-1222​​

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

Kristin A. Van Gaasbeck (2025)
CSU Sacramento
Economics
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6194

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

Scott Waltz​ (2024)
CSU Monterey Bay
Liberal Studies
100 Campus Ctr.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 582-5334

Gregory Wood​ (2025)
CSU Channel Islands
Physics
One University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-3293​​

Meiling Wu-Winiarski​ (2023)
CSU East Bay
Modern Languages & Literatures
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3370​​

Darlene Yee-Melichar (2025)
San Francisco State University
Gerontology/Public Affairs & Civic Engagement
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-3558​



Chancellor's Office Staff

Tracy Butler
Director
562.951.4013

Reem Osman
Administrative Support
562.951.4011


Representatives & Liaisons to the Academic Senate CSU

Leo Van Cleve
Chancellor's ASCSU ex-officio representative
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Professional & International Education
CSU Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 6th floor​
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.951.4790

Jose Solache​​
Alumni Council Liaison
c/o CSU Office of the Chancellor
California State University Alumni Council
401 Golden Shore, 6th floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
310.490.1869

Dixie Samaniego​​
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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