Pursuant to Title 5 of the Administrative Code of California, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters as it relates, in particular to the following areas:

  • Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and places courses within disciplines
  • 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 mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the Academic Senate.

According to Education Code, the Academic Senate is also responsible for jointly developing with the District policies and procedures related to faculty hiring (section 87360B) and administrative retreat rights (section 87458A).

The Saddleback College Academic Senate is a representative body; each Representational Area shall be entitled to one Senator, and one Alternate for each 8 (or portion thereof) fulltime faculty members.


View the Academic Senate Constitution
View the Academic Senate By-Laws
View the Faculty Code of Ethics
Visit the Academic Senate (AS) SharePoint Page
Visit the AS SharePoint Flex Page
Visit the AS Faculty Development Funding SharePoint Page
Visit the SharePoint Committees Page

Executive Team 2023-2024

  • Margot Lovett
    Academic Senate President
  • Heidi Ochoa
    Academic Senate President Elect
  • Dan Walsh
    Academic Senate Past President
  • Femia Scarfone
    Academic Senate Vice President at Large
  • Efren Rangel
    Academic Senate Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
  • Michelle Duffy
    Academic Senate Recorder
  • Dan Walsh
    Flexible Calendar Program Coordinator

New SharePoint Site Links 2023-24

Links to the Academic Senate SharePoint links effective August 14, 2023. 


Office of Instruction | Academic Senate

Christie Smead, Administrative Assistant
Office Location
AGB 101

Office Hours
Fall and Spring:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.