Academic Senate



The Academic Senate of Los Angeles Valley College focuses primarily on the "academic and professional matters" of the college. "Academic and professional matters"

means the following policy development and implementation matters:


  1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
  2. Degree and certificate requirements
  3. Grading policies
  4. Educational program development
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
  6. District and college governance structures as related to faculty roles
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self study and annual reports
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities
  9. Processes for program review
  10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development
  11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon by the governing board and the Academic Senate

The Academic Senate operates under the provisions of the LAVC Senate Constitution and By-Laws.


Click here for the Senate Motion Form.

Click here for Senate Motions approved by the president.


Senate Meetings

The Senate meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:10 pm in the Student Services Multipurpose Room.

Senate Meeting Agendas and Documents

Past Meeting Minutes

Senate Membership



Term 2013-2015

Joshua Miller
June Miyasaki
Executive Vice-President
Becky Frank
Curriculum Vice-President
Rick Murray
Yih-Mei Hu



Term 2012-2015

Chris Pallotti
Tyler Prante
Ron Mossler
William Wallis
Geordie Wright
Victorino Fusilero
Nicholas Wade


Term 2013-2016

Jim Fenwick
Siu Chung
Deanna Heikkinen
LaVergne Rosow
Eugenia Sumnik-Levins
Roana Thornock
Ann Gee


Term 2014-2017

Zack Knorr
Michael C. Gold
Lynn Polasek
Jeffrey Kent
Fay S. Dea
Monica Hang
Xiaoyang Liu



Adjunct Representative

Term: 2013-2016

Louis Jones

Emeriti Senators


Joe Daccurso


Senator Representatives

Counseling/Library: Ann Gee

Math: June Miyasaki

English/Continuing Education: LaVergne Rosow

Physical Education: Monica Hang

Chemistry and Physics/Biology/Earth Science: Lynn Polasek

Anthropology/HHLPS/Philosophy and Economics/Sociology and Ethnic Studies: Tyler Prante

Art/Music/Media Arts/Theater: Eugenia Sumnik-Levins

CAOT/Business Administration/ Child Dev./Technology/Emergency Services: Jeffrey Kent

Foreign Language/Communication Studies: Victorino Fusilero

Psychology/Health Sciences: Minna Ng

Chairs and Directors: Josh Miller



Faculty Dues


Please support the Senate by paying your faculty dues.


Among other things, your faculty dues help to pay for scholarships and events like the holiday party, the ice cream social, and the summer committee retreat.

Dues are $40 for full time instructors and $25 for adjunct instructors.


There are several ways to pay your dues:

 1. We have opened an account in the Foundation Office where you can submit your check directly. It should be made out to: LAVC Foundation. Please write in the memo line "LAVC Faculty Senate", and your check will be properly credited to our account.


2. You may also pay your dues online:

            a) Go to the LAVC Foundation website and click "Give Online Now"

            b) Scroll down to "Other Designation" and enter your donation amount

            c) Under "Additional Instruction", type "Academic Senate Fund"

            d) Click "Calculate Total", followed by the "Donate" button.

            e) Follow additional instructions and requests for personal and credit card information

            f) Print out your online receipt


3. You may also place your check in the faculty ballot box in the mailroom, and we will take it to the Foundation Office for you.

 *The Senate mailbox is in the section of the mailroom that is open late. Walk in and look to your left and you will see the box. The box is locked, so your check will be secure.


4. You may also pay your dues through payroll deduction. Please stop by the Foundation office for more information.


Paying to the Foundation is 100% tax-deductible write-off!


Senate Committees

Academic Rank Committee chaired by Roana Thornock (Academic Rank Policy (DOC))
Academic Rights and Responsibilities
Curriculum Committee chaired by Becky Frank
Educational Planning Committee chaired by Darby Southgate

Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) chaired by Deanna Heikkinen

Professional Development Committee chaired by Deborah Kaye

HPC chaired by Michael Arshagouni

PEPC chaired by Tyler Prante


AFT Local 1521

District Academic Senate

State Academic Senate

Academic Senate Papers

Senate Rostrum

Accreditation Standards

Title 5 (PDF)

The Brown Act

Minimum Qualifications