Shared Governance

Bylaw 55 Units

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) formed Bylaw 55 units to oversee academic personnel actions such as faculty recruitment, appointments and advancements; to coordinate faculty members' input for strategic planning and resources; to facilitate the dean's prioritization for the annual campus budget call; and to foster excellent research, support graduate education and deliver undergraduate education in the following disciplines:

  • Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS)
  • Humanities and World Cultures (HWC)
  • Political Science (POL)
  • Psychological Sciences (PSY)
  • Public Health (PH)
  • Social Sciences and Management (SSM)
  • Sociology (SOC)

Graduate Group

Each graduate group has a chairperson who is responsible for:

  • Supervising graduate study in his or her graduate group;
  • Ensuring that each graduate student is assigned a faculty adviser and mentor;
  • Serving as the chair of the graduate group's executive committee; and 
  • Serving as the official graduate group liaison to the dean of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Research Council of the UC Merced Academic Senate.

Executive Committee

The SSHA Executive Committee is the elected body of SSHA faculty members that represents SSHA at the Merced Division of the Academic Senate.

SSHA Curriculum Committee (SSHA CC)

The SSHA CC is responsible for:

  • Monitoring student success;
  • Coordinating new and revised courses;
  • Planning new majors and emphasis tracks;
  • Estimating future enrollment and instructor needs for strategic planning;
  • Assisting in planning and information gathering for accreditation; and
  • Presenting reports and recommendations to the faculty and the dean.

The Code of the Academic Senate

The membership and authority of the Academic Senate is established by The Standing Orders of the Regents, which defines a system of shared governance between the Academic Senate and the administration in the management and operation of the University of California.

For more information about the UC Academic Senate, please visit the Academic Senate website.


Last Updated: July 2016