Academic Senate


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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The CCSF Board of Trustees have temporarily suspended face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19. This has significantly impacted teaching and learning for students and faculty. The CCSF Academic Senate is working with the Office of Instruction to develop local policy and guidance for all 10+1 issues. 

Visit the Office of Online Learning's support page for remote learning support:

Below are some resources to support participation in Academic Senate business and state resources. 

Resources for meetings

The Academic Senate Executive Council continues to hold business meetings on our regular schedule using Zoom. You can find a link to the next meeting and the agenda on the top right of this page. 

The Academic Senate recommends using Zoom to conduct committee meetings when feasible. We have provided some brief instructions on how to download and use Zoom.

Statewide resources

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) has a page dedicated to a variety of resources and professional development opportunities to connect with faculty across the state:

The State Chancellor's Office is also maintaining a website with all of their policy changes and guidance for districts during the pandemic:

What is the CCSF Academic Senate?

Academic Senate Officers for 2020-2021

  • President:  Simon Hanson, Biology
  • First Vice President:  Fanny Suk Fun Law, ESL
  • Second Vice President: Katryn Wiese, Earth Sciences
  • Secretary: Mitra Sapienza, English

What is the Academic Senate?

The CCSF Academic Senate is the body of all faculty - part time and full time, credit and non-credit, counselors, instructors, clinical social workers, librarians and nurse practitioners. The Academic Senate holds plenary meetings (of the entire body) twice a year on Flex day, and can meet at other times.

From the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges:
Title 5 § 53200 (b): Academic Senate means an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters. In Section 53200 (c), "Academic and professional matters" means the following policy development and implementation matters.  

The Academic Senate Executive Council is the body of representatives elected each Spring to serve two-year terms (or, under some circumstances, one-year terms). The Executive Council meets about twice a month during the Fall and Spring semesters. Executive Council meetings are open to everyone.


Academic Senate Purview

California Community College Faculty
What is 10+1?

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.

Academic Senate Governing Documents:
(These can also be found under documents and forms here)

CCSF Academic Senate Constitution
CCSF Academic Senate Bylaws
CCSF Guidelines for Academic Senate Committees
RRP Handbook San Francisco Community District Policy Manual 2.07
District Policy on Participatory Governance

San Francisco Community District Policy Manual 2.08
District Policy on Collegial Governance and the Academic Senate 

San Francisco Community College District Administrative Procedures 2.08
Methods for Collegial Consultation

The rules for hiring both full-time and part-time faculty, as mutually agreed upon by the Senate and the Board (The faculty union and the Affirnmative Action Office also have rules for the hiring process.)

Board Resolution No. 910425-S6 Approval of the Jointly Agreed upon "Faculty Hiring Procedures" document. 1991  

The procedures for getting reimbursed for travel to conferences and professional development

Faculty Travel Document Supporting Paperwork  

  • Administrative Hiring Procedures, Evaluation, and Retreat Rights

            Mutually agreed upon by the Senate and the Board of Trustees in 1992

-New Administrative Hiring Procedures 2013

-Administrative Evaluation and Appointment Renewal Procedures (revised 2002)

-Right to Faculty Status for Administrators  

-Board approvals for admin hirings, Evals and probationary status  

Academic Senate News

CCSF Faculty are dedicated to professional development, continuous improvement, and promoting leadership from within. Numerous opportunities abound across the college for all faculty to step into leadership roles. Find Yours:

Academic Senate Committees:
This is where academic and professional decisions are made. Committees are looking at achievement data, SLO processes, how we write Program Review, what kinds of professional development is offered, how we address Basic Skills, how we create a more equitable institution, and overall: how do we improve our services so that more students succeed? If you want to be part of the conversation, join now

In accordance with Title 5, Sections 53200 and 53203 and CCSF Board Policy 2.08, the CCSF Board of Trustees and its delegate, the Chancellor, consult collegially with the CCSF Academic Senate concerning academic and professional matters. Central to the collegial consultation process are meetings and other communication between Officers of the CCSF Academic Senate, and the Chancellor and members of the administration. For most items, additional information may be found in minutes of Acdemic Senate Executive Council meetings and in emails from the Academic Senate President to all faculty.

EFF: Electronic Faculty Forum

The Executive Council created a listserv to provide an online opportunity for thoughtful discussion of college wide issues and concerns throughout the year. Join the conversation!

Instructions from the TLC about EFF Here.