The Academic Senate deals with all matters of academic and professional concerns not limited by law.
Tile 5 53200 (b): Academic Senate means an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters. In Section 53200 (c), “Academic and professional matters” mean the following mean the following policy development and implementation matters (also known as 10+1)
- Curriculum, including prerequisites
- Degree and Certificate requirements
- Grading policies
- Educational program development
- Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
- District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
- Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports
- Policies for faculty professional development activities
- Processes for program review
- Processes for institutional planning and budget development
- Other academic and professional matters as are mutually agreed upon between the Governing Board and the Academic Senate.
Distinguished Faculty of the Year
The Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award and the Distinguished Part-Time Faculty of the Year Award are annually awarded by the Academic Senate on behalf of all the faculty at Merced College. This peer-to-peer award seeks to recognize the outstanding achievements of the counselors, faculty librarians, and instructional faculty. Each spring semester, committees are formed to receive nominations and decide upon a winner. The Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award was established by Senate Resolution 14-18, and the Distinguished Part-Time Faculty of the Year Award was established by Senate Resolution 02-20.
Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award
- Elizabeth Harvey, History, 2021-2022
- Jennifer McBride, Rising Scholars, 2020-2021 (co-winner)
- Carl Estrella, Biology, 2020-2021 (co-winner)
- Cary Coburn, Biology, 2019-2020
- Dee Near, Librarian, 2018-2019 (Inaugural Year)
Distinguished Part-Time Faculty of the Year Award
- Kathleen Diaz, English, 2021-2022
- Karen Deeming, Sociology, 2020-2021 (inaugural Year)