Overview

A Note About Academic Senate Meetings

For Fall 2022, Academic Senate meetings will continue to be HyFlex (combination of in-person and on Zoom). Under Governor Newsom's emergency orders, Zoom participation satisfies Brown Act requirements for a publicly accessible meeting location.  Anyone may attend any Academic Senate meeting in-person in MLC 255 or via Zoom using the link in the meeting agenda page.

Academic Senate Fall 2022 Office Hours

Academic Senate President, Cheryl Jaeger Balm, will have in-person office hours Wednesdays 1:25-2:15 pm in Admin 117.  To request a Zoom meeting during office hours instead, email balmcheryl@fhda.edu.

Academic Senate Vice President, Erik Woodbury, will have Zoom office hours Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am.

To request a meeting with any of the Academic Senate Officers outside of office hours, please email AcademicSenate@fhda.edu.  

About the Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is represented by all full-time and part-time members of the De Anza faculty and Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees in promoting the quality of community college education. 

The Academic Senate includes all faculty members. Division senators and officers comprise the Executive Committee, which meets Mondays 2:30-4:20 p.m.  As of March 13, 2020, when the Foothill-De Anza Community College District closed its campuses due to COVID-19, the Academic Senate has been meeting online via Zoom.  Please use the  Meetings link on this page to see meeting agendas with Zoom links.


Under Academic Senate purview (10+1):

The Academic Senate is an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters, namely, the following policy development and implementation matters:

  1. Curriculum1 including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
  2. Degree and certificate requirements3
  3. Grading Policies1
  4. Educational program development2, including Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success1
  6. Governance structures as related to faculty roles2
  7. Faculty role in accreditation2
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities1
  9. Policies for Program Review2
  10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development2 including Instructional Planning and Budget
  11. Other Academic and Professional Matters

1The FHDA Board of Trustees relies primarily on the advice and judgment of the Academic Senates on these matters.

2The FHDA Board of Trustees, De Anza administrators and Academic Senate shall reach mutual agreement on these matters.

3The Board relies primarily on the Academic Senate for GE and program-specific degree and certificate requirements, but the bodies shall reach mutual agreement on units for degrees

Needs and Confirmations

This spreadsheet contains confirmations from Fall 2018 through Summer 2020, including Tenure Review Committees, Hiring Committees and other committees. There is also a tab for all confirmation alphabetized by last name.  (Last updated 9/4/21)

Needs & Confirmations Spreadsheet

Process for Requesting Confirmation and Appointment of Faculty to Search Committees, Tenure Committees, and Shared Governance Committees

Faculty Hiring

The Faculty Search Committee Selection Process page explains the selection process for serving on faculty hiring committees at De Anza College and the role of the Academic Senate in this process.

FHDA District FT faculty employment policy and hiring procedures

Academic Senate Constitution & Bylaws

The latest versions of the constitution and bylaws, approved in Spring 2021, are available below.

Constitution: PDF and doc

Bylaws: PDF and doc

Honoring Sandra Diaz

Resolution honoring Sandra DiazThe Academic Senate Executive Committee has approved a resolution honoring our Nursing faculty colleague, Sandra Diaz, who died of COVID-19 complications on Jan. 29.

Sandra enriched the De Anza community, first as a student, and later through her tireless service as a part-time and then full-time faculty member, mentor, colleague and friend from 2016 to 2021. The resolution honors her outstanding service and contributions to De Anza College and the surrounding communities.

Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

What Matters

AAPI Support and Solidarity

Stop AAPI Hate text

Resolution To Denounce Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) racism (passed March 15, 2021) 

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