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Academic Senate


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.


important documents

Current Agenda

Current Approved Minutes

Agenda Item Request

Approved Minutes Archive


Contact us


Senate Office: Room T-412
2100 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3917

Senate meetings via Zoom until further notice.

See Current Agenda for meeting details.

Executive Committee

  • Judith Bell, President 
  • Elena Dutra, Vice President 
  • Fabio Gonzalez, Treasurer
  • Jose Cabrera, At Large
  • Jennifer Nestojko, At Large

Area 1 - Applied Sciences

Isai Ulate, Machine Technology

Area 2- Arts/Humanities

Judith Bell, Art

AREA 3 - Natural Sciences

Jose Cabrera, Chemistry

Area 4 – Business

Kidane Sengal, CIS

Area 5 – Library/LRC

Shelley Blackman, Librarian

Area 6 – Counseling & Health Sciences

Yesenia Escobar Mendoza, Counseling

Alejandro Lopez, Counseling

Area 7 – EOP&S/CARE, CalWORKs, SAS

Julio Flores, EOP&S

Area 8 – Language Arts

Rufus Blair, Sign Language

Yevgeniya Sokolenko, ESL

Area 9 – Physical Education/Athletics

Doug Robb, Kinesiology/PE

Area 10 – Mathematics

John Banks, Mathematics

Area 11 – Service Careers

Jagrup Kahlon, Medical Assisting

Area 12 – Social Science

Juan Gamboa, Ethnic Studies

Full-Time At Large

Mark Branom, CIS

Mary Crocker Cook, ADS

Elena Dutra, Counseling

Fabio Gonzalez, Counseling

Anita Reyes, Theater 

Part-Time At Large

Jaqueline Gamboa, Ethnic Studies

Philip Crawford, Political Science

Jennifer Nestojko, English

Thomas Herena, Counseling

Steven Del Chiaro, Psychology

IPCC Chair (Ex-officio, non-voting)

Andres Rodriquez, IPCC Chair

Academic Senate Description

On July 7, 1964, the Board of Trustees of the San Jose/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 Jose 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 Jose 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.