Leadership

Chair

Joseph Bristow
Professor
English
jbristow@senate.ucla.edu
310-825-3851

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Lettersand Science, 2015-2017; Vice-Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, 2014-2015; Member, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, 2013-2014; Member, Committee on Libraries and ScholarlyResearch, 2012-2015; Member, Development Committee, 2011-2012; At-Large Member, Senate Executive Committee,2009-2011; Member, Chancellor’s Enrollment Advisory Committee, 2008-2009; Member, Academic Senate Executive Board, 2008-2009; Member, Legislative Assembly, 2008-2009; Chair, Council on Planning and Budget, 2008-2009; Member, University of California Council on Planning and Budget, 2008-2009; Member, Council on Budget and Planning, 2005-2008.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies Chair, Search Committee, Head Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2014. Associate Director (Special Projects), Center for 17thand18th-Century Studies, 2013-2016 Member, Executive Committee, UCLA English Department, 2013-2014.Member, Undergraduate Teaching Committee, UCLA English Department, 2010-2012 Member, Personnel Committee, UCLA EnglishDepartment, 2007-2009 Member of Undergraduate Teaching Committee, UCLA English Department, 2007-2008.

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Member, UCLA Council of Advisors (Mentoring Junior Faculty Program), one mentee,2010-12; two mentees, 2012-2014; four mentees, 2015-2016; two mentees, 2016-2017.

STATEMENT:

My current service has built on the contributions I was able to make as Chair of the Council on Planning and Budget (2008-2009), as an at-large member of the Senate Executive Committee (2009-2011), and as a member of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications(2012-2015). During 2015-2017, I have worked closely and productively with Undergraduate Education Initiatives, the Deans of the College, and FEC members representing many different areas of our campus on several pressing issues. Especially important have been the question of the requirements for the General Education Foundations in Scientific Inquiry, the need for greater support toward our Teaching Assistants, and the ongoing discussions about the ways in which the College (at a time when resources remain static) can meet the pedagogical needs of a rapidly expanding undergraduate body. The College FEC has devoted much of its attention to several related reports—on the Office of Instruction Development, on the Honors Programs, and on the Graduate Student Association survey of TA provision— which seek to strengthen the excellent classroom practice that we find in all areas of the campus. In recent meetings, we have invited colleagues from the Academic Planning Office, the Registrar’s Office, New Student and Transition Programs, and Enrollment Management to share data about such important matters as resources for instruction, the diversity of our student body, the pressure on general assignment classrooms, and time to degree. Changes in policy with regard to Title IX have also been at the forefront of the FEC’s discussions. My aim in chairing these lively (and sometimes contentious) debates is to ensure that they have proceeded in not only a welcoming but also disciplined manner, one that ensures that we have completed all of our business on time. I am committed to fostering an atmosphere in which often conflicting views can be articulated freely and openly. Given the opportunity to serve as Academic Senate Chair (Elect), I would want to address not only the urgent issues that the College FEC has addressed with regard to teaching and learning, undergraduate recruitment, and diversity; I would also want to concentrate on faculty welfare, particularly the challenges we face with the cost of living in Los Angeles, especially expenses such as housing and childcare. At UCLA, I am now in my twenty-first year of teaching classes in nineteenth-century English literature, for which I received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. My current research draws on the unrivaled Oscar Wilde archive held at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located in the West Adams district of the city. A study of the prosecution of Oscar Wilde for committing sexual acts with other men is forthcoming from Yale UP.

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Michael Meranze
Professor
History
mmeranze@senate.ucla.edu
310-825-3851

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

Academic Senate Service: Member Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Sciences (2008-2011); Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Sciences (2011-2013); Member, Council of Faculty Chairs (2011-2013); Member, Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2012); Member Executive Board (2014-2016); Member Council on Planning and Budget (2016-2017).

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

Member, Graduate Affairs Committee (2006-2007); Member, Chair’s Advisory Committee (2007-2009); Member, Academic Personnel Committee (2009-2011, 2014-2016); Member Undergraduate Affairs Committee, 2014-2015; Chair, Graduate Awards Committee (2010-2011); Chair, By- Laws Committee, 2014-2016; Member Graduate Admissions Committee, 2017-18; various Promotion Committees.

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Member, UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies Faculty Advisory Committee (2006-2011, 2016-2017); UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Selection of Ahmanson-Getty Fellows (2007-2008); Member, UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Fellowship Committee; Member Chancellor's Technology Development Corporation/Group Oversight Committee, 2016-2018.

STATEMENT:

I think it essential to the campus’s future that faculty concerns and knowledge be central to UCLA’s current planning efforts. UCLA is facing a series of critical challenges. Over the next several years, the campus will be implementing new strategic plans for our development and likely witnessing changes in administrative leadership. As one of the world’s great research universities, UCLA will have to confront the uncertain status of Federal funding for research at the same time that it needs to secure and expand its research infrastructure. UCLA will also have to deepen our commitment to the intellectual futures of an increasingly diverse student body and State of California while responding to increasing student demands. These challenges raise fundamental material questions concerning faculty size, student enrollment, and physical plant. They also demand a strong vision that places the academic life of the campus and the multiple responsibilities of the faculty—in teaching, research, and service—at the heart of the way that the UCLA community debates its future and represents itself to the wider community. If the University is going to flourish in the future, it can only be by building upon the tremendous teaching and research energies that lie at the heart of UCLA’s educational project. Having served as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences FEC, and a member of the Divisional Executive Board and the Council on Planning and Budget, I have a keen appreciation of the tremendous capacities of our diverse and distinguished faculty. I have worked with faculty across the campus in the College of Letters and Sciences and in the professional schools. I have also worked with the leadership of the systemwide Academic Senate. During the last decade I have researched and written on UC’s transformations and am working on a co-authored book on the history of UC since the financial crisis. UC has a long and distinguished history of shared governance; it is our responsibility to make certain that that tradition continues and is not swept aside in the interests of superficial efficiencies. As Vice-Chair and subsequently Chair, I will work to ensure that the faculty’s authority over the educational process and our consultative roles in administrative and budgetary matters are brought to bear forcefully on planning for the campus’ future. I would like to serve because of my conviction that the University operates best when the faculty’s considered voice has genuine impact on university governance.

Immediate Past Chair

Sandra Graham
Professor
Education
sgraham@senate.ucla.edu
310-206-1205

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

2011-2015, Council on Academic Personnel (CAP); Vice Chair, 2013-14; Chair, 2014-15

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

2004-2008, Chair, Department of Education, UCLA; 2001-2006, Director, NIMH Training Grant in Applied Human Development, Department of Education

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

1994-1996, Chair, Interdepartmental Program in African American Studies

STATEMENT:

I’ve spent my whole academic career at UCLA. I started in 1982 as Assistant Professor Step II in the Department of Education. By 2015 I had worked my way to Above Scale and the title of Distinguished Professor. I also hold a UC Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity. I am a developmental psychologist who studies the social and academic adjustment of adolescents in urban middle schools and high schools that vary in racial/ethnic diversity.

Service has been an integral part of my career at UCLA. I was Chair of the IDP in African American Studies from 1994-1996, a time when conversations about a Department of African American Studies were beginning to take shape. From 2004 to 2008, I was Chair of my Department of Education, overseeing 45 ladder faculty as well as five PhD programs, four professional programs, and the Undergraduate Minor in Education. During my tenure as Chair we hired 11 new ladder faculty, 5 of whom were members of racial/ethnic minority groups. I have always been committed to nurturing the next generation of scholars of color and increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of UCLA ladder faculty.

Over the years, I have served on numerous university task forces, search committees, promotion committees, and advisory committees to academic programs. My first Academic Senate committee was a 4-year term on the Council on Academic Personnel (CAP) from 2011-2015. I was Chair of CAP in 2014-2015. Service on CAP was a defining moment in my service career and perhaps the best immediate preparation for leading the Academic Senate. Faculty rights and responsibilities in shared governance are often enacted in our personnel review process, requiring CAP to deliberate on Senate initiatives. During my year as Chair, I represented CAP’s position on the recommendations of the Academic Senate Task Force on the Moreno Report, changes to APM 210 on evaluating contributions to diversity, and the proposed initiative to create a Professional teaching series. These critical issues about campus racial climate, valuing diversity, and our teaching mission continue to influence the work of the Academic Senate.

Some of the challenges likely facing UCLA in the coming year are the effects on faculty workload of an increase in undergraduate enrollment without a strong faculty renewal model, continuing efforts to improve campus racial climate, how to evaluate merit and promotion in a professional teaching series, and changes to the UC retirement plan that could impact our ability to recruit and retain a world class faculty. If elected Academic Senate Vice Chair, I plan to work with (and learn from) the current leadership to represent the faculty on these and other challenges. I have the experience, insight, and ability to work with diverse constituencies to carry out the duties of Chair and protect our interests in new policy initiatives that will shape UCLA’s future.

Past Chairs

2016-17Susan CochranPublic Health - Epidemiology
2015-16Leo EstradaPublic Affairs/Urban Planning
2014-15Joel AberbachPolitical Science
2013-14Jan ReiffHistory & Statistics
2012-13 Linda SarnaNursing  
2011-12Andrew LeuctherPsychiatry 
2010-11Ann KaragozianMechanical & Aerospace Engineering   
2009-10Robin L. GarrellChemistry
2008-09Michael GoldsteinPublic-Community Health     
2007-08Elizabeth Ligon Bjork Cognitive Psychology
2006-07Vivek ShettyDentistry - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
2005-06Adrienne LavineMechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2004-05Kathleen KomarComparative Literature
2003-04Clifford BrunkOrganismic Biology, Ecology & Evolution
2002-03Duncan LindseySocial Welfare
2001-02John EdmondBiological Chemistry
2000-01Stephen C. YeazellLaw
1999-00Donna L. VredevoeNursing
1998-99Vickie MaysPsychology
1997-98 Chand Viswanathan Electrical Engineering
1996-97 Aimée DorrEducation
1995-96 Charles LewisMedicine
1994-95 Judith L. SmithPhysiological Science
1993-94Carole Goldberg-AmbroseLaw
1992-93Archie KleingartnerManagement
1991-92Seymour FeshbachPsychology
1990-91David KaplanPhilosophy
1989-90Sidney RobertsBiological Chemistry
1988-89Charles BerstEnglish
1987-88Sydney FinegoldMedicine
1986-87David ChapmanBiology
1985-86Fred MassarickManagement
1984-85William DignamObstetrics & Gynecology
1983-84Kenneth TruebloodChemistry
1982-83Murray SchwartzLaw
1981-82Samuel AroniArchitecture & Urban Planning
1980-81Daniel KivelsonChemistry
1979-80David S. MaxwellAnatomy
1978-79A. Theodore ForresterEngineering/Physics
1977-78Florence RidleyEnglish
1976-77Raymond OrbachPhysics
1975-76Elwood BuffaManagement
1974-75Moses GreenfieldRadiology
1973-74David WilsonPolitical Science
1972-73George AbellAstronomy
1970-71Benjamin AaronLaw
1968-69Lowell PaigeMathematics
1966-68Thomas L. JacobsChemistry
1964-66Robert E. HolzerGeophysics
1962-64John S. GalbraithHistory
1960-62Earl L. GriggsEnglish
1958-60Foster H. SherwoodPolitical Science
1956-58Franklin P. RolfeEnglish
1954-56Martin R. HubertyAgriculture
1952-54Francis E. BlacetChemistry
1950-52James A. C. GrantPolitical Science
1949-50Carl EplingBotany
1948-49Gordon S. WatkinsEconomics
1947-48E. Lee KinseyPhysics
1946-47Vern O. KnudsenPhysics
1945-46Franklin P. RolfeEnglish
1944-45Albert W. BellamyBiology
1943-44William G. YoungChemistry
1942-43Robert W. HodgsonAgriculture
1941-42Sigurd HustvedtEnglish
1940-41George E. SherwoodMathematics
1939-40Kate Gordon MoorePsychology
1938-39Waldemar WestergardHistory
1937-38Bennett M. AllenBiology
1936-37Sigurd HustvedtEnglish
1934-36William C. MorganChemistry
1933-34Ernest C. MooreEducation/Philosophy