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UCLA Academic Senate Elections

The UCLA Academic Senate holds annual elections in the spring to elect members of the Legislative Assembly, the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Academic Senate, At-large members of the Executive Board, and members of the Committee on Committees. The Elections Commissioner supervises elections for the Los Angeles Division and certifies results to the Secretary, who reports the results to the Division. 

Spring 2024 Elections

For the 2024-2025 academic year there are vacancies for the next Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Senate (who will become the Senate Chair in 2025-2026), five At-Large members of the Executive Board, ten members of the Committee on Committees (ConC), and numerous departmental representatives of the Legislative Assembly (LgA). For more information on the positions, how to run, and when and how to vote, please see below.

Please contact senateoffice@senate.ucla.edu with questions.

 

Position Descriptions

How to Run

When & How to Vote

 

Position Descriptions

VICE CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

The Vice Chair (1) assume the duties of the Chair in the Chair's absence or incapacity; (2) performs such duties as are assigned by the Chair; (3) serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Board and as ex officio member of the Legislative Assembly. The term as Vice Chair is one year, beginning on September 1, 2024. At the conclusion of this term, the Vice Chair becomes the Senate Chair. In year three, the individual serves as Immediate Past Chair. The total term of service is three years. More details on the powers and responsibilities of the Vice Chair are available here.

AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD

Members of the Executive Board coordinate and review actions and proposals from Senate committees and administration. They consult with and advise the Divisional Chair on all matters, including issues brought to attention from outside the Senate’s or administration’s formal structures. The Executive Board meets approximately twice per month between October and June. At-large members serve two-year terms. More details on the powers and responsibilities of the Executive Board are available here.

MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES

ConC members nominate, select, and appoint the Chair, Vice Chair, and members of each UCLA and UC-level standing committee, subject to Legislative Assembly approval. They also suggest members for joint Senate-Administration Committees and advise the Administration on faculty nominees for search and review committees. ConC meets approximately twice per month between October and June. More details on the powers and responsibilities of the ConC are available here.

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Under Senate Bylaw 55(A), your department is invited to designate one or more Senate member(s) as your Legislative Assembly Department Representative(s) and alternates. The LgA meets four times a year to review academic proposals, approve changes to the legislation, ratify committee assignments, and consider campus-wide issues. Department Representatives attend Legislative Assembly meetings and have the privilege of the floor, including the right to make motions, discuss, and vote. Alternates are selected in case of an emergency where the Department Representative cannot attend. More details on the powers and responsibilities of the LgA are available here.

 

How to Run

VICE CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

Eligibility: Any Senate faculty member may run for this office who does not hold an administrative post of department chair or above (Chapter IV, Section 3, Bylaw 45.E.2). This position receives modest compensation.

Run for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Submit a nominating petition between Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12pm PST and Friday, March 22, 2024, 12pm PST via DMS (SSO Login Required). A nominating petition contains:

  • the signatures of five members of the UCLA Academic Senate exclusive of the candidate's;
  • a chronology or summary of past service to the Academic Senate, to Schools, to departments, and to other programs of the University;
  • a signed statement expressing readiness to serve as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and Chair in corresponding successive years of election and service; and
  • an optional statement not to exceed 200 words.

 

AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD

Open Positions: Five new members of the Executive Board shall be elected to two-year terms, 2024-2026.

Eligibility: Any Senate faculty member at any rank may apply. Please note: membership on the Executive Board is “incompatible with service as an administrative officer, as a Department Chair, or as a member of the Faculty Executive Committee of the School or College.” (Chapter IV, Section 3, Bylaw 45.E.2). Legislative Ruling 6.21(B) clarifies that an administrative officer includes department vice chair as well as substantially similar titles including “Special Advisor” and “Faculty Equity Advisor.” This exclusion is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest posed by reporting to both the faculty and the administration. Either the Executive Board or Legislative Assembly can grant an exception after considered evaluation and a favorable vote. 

Run for At-Large Member of the Executive Board: Submit a nominating petition between Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12pm PST and Friday, March 22, 2024, 12pm PST via DMS (SSO Login Required). A nominating petition contains:

  • the signatures of three UCLA Academic Senate members, and
  • a chronology or summary of past service to the Academic Senate, to Schools, to department, and to other programs of the University.

 

MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES

Open Positions: Two new ConC members shall be elected At-Large and eight new ConC members shall be elected from constituencies to three-year terms, 2024-2027.

Eligibility: Any Senate faculty member at any rank may apply for At-Large positions. Each of the following constituencies has one open seat. (Note: Faculty from department names labeled with an asterisk * are not eligible for nomination or election this cycle.)

Seat 1 – Biological Sciences

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB); Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology; Integrative Biology & Physiology; Psychology*

Seat 3 – Humanities

César E. Chávez Department of Chicano/-a and Central American Studies, English*, History, Philosophy, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Gender Studies, American Indian Studies

Seat 4 – Social Sciences

Anthropology*, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Communication

Seat 5 – Languages/Literatures

Asian Languages & Cultures; Classics; Comparative Literature; Linguistics; Near Eastern Languages & Cultures*; Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages; Spanish & Portuguese; European Languages and Transcultural Studies

Seat 7 – The Arts
Architecture & Urban Design; Art; Art History; Design | Media Arts*; Ethnomusicology; Film, Television, & Digital Media; Music; Musicology; Theatre; World Arts & Cultures

Seat 9 – Management / Economics

Anderson School of Management*; Economics; Administrative Officers; Emeriti w/o Home Department

Seat 12 – Basic Biomedical Sciences
Biological Chemistry*; Computational Medicine; Human Genetics; Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Physiology

Seat 15 – Primary/Family Care Medicine

Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine*, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology

Seat 17 – At-Large

(Nominations are open to any Department)

Seat 19 – At- Large

(Nominations are open to any Department)

Run For the Committee on Committees: Submit a nominating petition between Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12pm PST and Friday, March 22, 2024, 12pm PST via DMS (SSO Login Required). A nominating petition contains:

  • the signatures of two members of the UCLA Academic Senate exclusive of the candidate's signature;
  • a chronology or summary of past service to the Academic Senate, to Schools, to departments, and to other programs of the University, and
  • an optional statement of no longer than 200 words.

 

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Open Positions: The list of vacant LgA seats up for election this year is available here.

Run for the Legislative Assembly: Academic Senate members of each department elect their own Legislative Assembly representative(s) by secret ballot. Details are included in the Notice of Elections and Bylaw 150 (C). Contact your department chair for information about the nomination and voting process set by your department. 

 

When & How to Vote

VICE CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

Academic Senate members, including emeriti, elect the Vice Chair to serve as part of the Senate’s Leadership Team. The vote for Vice Chair takes place via DMS from Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 12pm PST to Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 12pm PST.

AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD

Members of the Legislative Assembly elect At-Large Executive Board Members. Voting will take place at the Legislative Assembly meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm PST.

 MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES

Academic Senate members, including emeriti, elect members of the Committee on Committees (ConC). The vote for At-Large ConC members takes place via DMS from Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 12pm PST to Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 12pm PST. If there is a constituency seat (Seat 1-16) up for election in your constituency, you will also be able to vote for these candidates during the same voting period.

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Academic Senate members of each constituency (e.g. department) elect representatives to serve three-year terms as members of the Legislative Assembly (LgA). Voting for your LgA representatives occurs within your department between March 4 and May 16, 2024. Contact your department chair for the exact dates set by the department. Election results should be submitted to the Academic Senate Office by May 16, 2024 via the forms for Departments and IDPs.