The Academic Senate Home

WHAT is the Academic Senate, and HOW does it work ?

The San Francisco State Academic Senate develops policies & procedures regarding faculty & administrative appointments, curriculum, business & fiscal matters, campus development, academic standards, University goals; examples of which include the following:

  • appointment and review of academic administrators;
  • faculty appointment, retention, tenure, promotion, leave and dismissal;
  • curriculum and instruction;
  • Library and research;
  • student affairs, admissions, retention, awarding of grades and graduation;
  • business and fiscal matters;
  • campus development;
  • academic and professional standards;
  • mission and goals;
  • other matters about the welfare and excellence of the University.

The Senate Plenary meetings are held on alternate Tuesdays from 2p - 5p at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Agendas can be found on the left home bar titled, "Senate Agendas".

Opposite Tuesdays, Standing Committee meetings are held from 2p - 4p. Location of meetings can be found on left home bar titled, "Committee Information".

Committee Information


Senate 101

Click the link above to learn about WHAT the Academic Senate is, WHAT IT DOES, and WHY.  Learn specifics about the PROCESSES and PROCEDURES that govern this work.

Constitution and By-Laws

Click the link above to learn about the DOCUMENTS that define the principles and procedures that govern the Faculty and the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University


Click the link above to visit our archive of past SENATE PLENARY MINUTESPOLICIESRESOLUTIONS, and ELECTION RESULTS.

HOW can I get involved?

As a SFSU community member, your contribution to the shared governance of our university is always appreciated.  If you are interested in serving on the ACADEMIC SENATE and/or a SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE please contact the Senate Office at

The Very Latest:

April 19, 2018

To all SF State Faculty and Staff – Please save the date!

The Office of the President and the Academic Senate invite you to attend the Opening University Convocation (formerly the Open Faculty Meeting) in McKenna Hall on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please join us for a celebration of the start of a new academic year, hear from campus leaders about challenges and opportunities in the coming year & meet our new faculty, staff and administrators. 

Refreshments will be served outside McKenna Hall from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. and the Convocation will start at 10 a.m.


February 9, 2018

December 18, 2017

  • Faculty: Apply to lead a workshop for the Spring 2018 "Year of Conversation" initiative. The application can be found here which details the Initiative as well as eligibility. 

September 5, 2017

  • Faculty and Staff: nominations are now open for the two at-large senate seats on the Academic Senate. Please submit nominations (name, department, rank/position, optional personal statement) to
  • Full-tenured faculty of CoB, CoSE, and GCOE: nominations are now open for the one seat on the University Tenure and Promotions Commitee. Please submit nominations to (name, department, rank, optional personal statement) to

May 18, 2017

  • Faculty: Apply to lead a workshop for the 2017-2018 "Year of Conversation" initiative. The application can be found here which details the Initiative as well as eligibility. 

May 4, 2017

May 3, 2017