Leadership

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.

 

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Joseph Bristow
Professor
Humanities
jbristow@senate.ucla.edu
 

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

STATEMENT:

 

Immediate Past Chair

Susan Cochran
Professor
Public Health - Epidemiology
scochran@senate.ucla.edu
310-206-9310

Summary of Service

SENATE SERVICE

Member, Undergraduate Council, 2004-2006; Chair, Committee on Curriculum, UGC, 2005-2006; Member, Council on Planning and Budget, 2010-2013; Member, Graduate Council, 2013; Co-Chair, Committee on Degree Programs, GC, 2014-2015

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE:

Vice-Chair, Epidemiology, 2013

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Chair (1999-2004) and member (2004-2015), Faculty Advisory Committee, Lesbian Gay and Transgender Studies; Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for Social Science Research, 2001-2003; Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, 2010; Chancellor’s Award for Special Contributions to a Fair and Open Academic Environment, 2004; Member, University Committee on LGBTQ Affairs, 2011-2012

STATEMENT:

Some things I have learned from being a member of this distinguished faculty: We are resilient, creative, dedicated and, yes it seems, always challenged. In recent years, budgetary constraints, faculty shrinkage in the face of an expanding student body, and the ever pressing needs for maximizing research, educational and technological innovation have pushed us to find novel solutions befitting our commitment to excellence. Key to these efforts is a functioning collaborative shared governance structure. As the voice of the faculty, the Academic Senate is one leg of this three legged-stool--the university administrative leadership and staff and elected representatives from our outstanding student body comprise the other two legs. Together, our shared wisdom and disparate expertise meld to achieve our research, teaching, and service mission. But to accomplish this, it is critical that the Academic Senate function proactively in campus wide decision-making. As Senate Vice-Chair, and subsequently Chair, I will work diligently to give voice to faculty concerns and to enhance the accomplishments of the Academic Senate. My prior Senate service has well prepared me for this role. While serving on the Council on Planning and Budget, I was able to see up close how finances shape decision making at UCLA. I have served on two other major committees within the Academic Senate, the Undergraduate and Graduate Council, where I worked with others to review departments in both the College and the Professional Schools. Listening to faculty’s take and external visitors has given me a rich knowledge of what it means to achieve excellence here at UCLA. My service has also left me with a profound sense of how shared governance positively contributes to the work of the faculty. As I have the privilege of a joint appointment in both a college and a professional school department, I feel I also have the ability to grasp and represent the needs of a broad constituency. Like many of us, I teach undergraduates in service courses and rely on the resources of the university to help me to create the best educational experience possible. Also, as a member of the faculty in the Health Sciences, I train graduate and professional health sciences students and post-docs in preparation for their distinguished careers. These experiences, in conjunction with my stints on Undergraduate and Graduate Council, have instilled in me a deep appreciation for the differential concerns that faculty across our 109 departments experience. Finally, as a well-respected researcher in the field of diversity science, I also get the myriad of ways in which policies and procedures must address the diversity of issues that affect faculty life. In this time of challenge, I believe I have the skill set that is needed to work effectively on behalf of the faculty.

Past Chairs

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