Dylan Rodríguez at Helm of UCR Academic Senate

Rodríguez stepped into the new role on September 1; Professor José Wudka served for four years.

UC Riverside’s newly elected Academic Senate Chair Dylan Rodríguez wants to work hand-in-hand with faculty colleagues and administrative leadership to help shape the campus’ future. ucr file

UC Riverside’s newly elected Academic Senate Chair Dylan Rodríguez wants to work hand-in-hand with faculty colleagues and administrative leadership to help shape the campus’ future – and says the campus should build upon the successes achieved in student diversity to broaden diversity among faculty, staff and administration.

Ethnic Studies Professor Dylan Rodríguez, has been elected as the new Academic Senate chair. ucr file

Ethnic Studies Professor Dylan Rodríguez, has been elected as the new Academic Senate chair.
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The end result of shared governance, said Rodríguez, an Ethnic Studies professor and recent department chair, is to benefit students and strengthen the public university mission. Rodríguez stepped into the new role on September 1.

“When my faculty colleagues elected me for this position, they entrusted me with the challenge of pushing UCR to live up to its responsibilities as a truly public institution with an obligation to create the best possible conditions for teaching, research, and learning,” Rodríguez said. “The campus has a responsibility to educate and nourish its students while standing with them in their everyday struggles to thrive under challenging and often oppressive circumstances. In order to fulfill this mission, the leadership of the faculty must grow through the work of the Academic Senate.”

Rodríguez said that previous chair José Wudka, made great strides in improving communication between the Senate and the Chancellor and Provost’s office, noting that regular meetings now help keep the faculty up to date and playing its role in leading the university.

Physics and Astronomy Professor José Wudka served as Academic Senate chair for four years. ucr file

Physics and Astronomy Professor José Wudka served as Academic Senate chair for four years.
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Wudka, a Physics and Astronomy professor, worked during his four years of service to improve benefits for faculty, including implementing a new off-scale pay policy for professors. UCR’s administration was supportive of his effort, Wudka said.

“Chancellor Wilcox and I have benefited immensely from José Wudka’s candid and thoughtful input on important issues. I am very confident that we’ll have an equally constructive relationship with Dylan, and that we can do even more to strengthen shared governance at UCR,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri.

The UC Academic Senate holds its mission to be “the voice of the faculty in the University of California.  It represents the faculty in the ‘shared governance’ of UC. This responsibility is delegated by the Regents and shared with the University administration, both at the campus level and systemwide.”

 

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