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Online polls open this week to elect next year's Faculty Senate

Approximately half of the 55 elected members of the senate are up for re-election.

The online polls open this week to elect members of the 46th Senate of the Academic Council, and to nominate full professors to fill upcoming vacancies on the Academic Council's Advisory Board.

The voting will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

Voters will be able to cast ballots from their computers on a secure webpage.

All members of the Academic Council will receive emails advising them of the election and providing the link for submitting votes. Last year, about 46 percent of the members of the Academic Council cast votes.

Voters will be required to sign in with their SUNet ID to cast ballots and can do so from any web-enabled computer.

Approximately half of the 55 elected members of the senate are up for re-election. Members of the senate serve two-year staggered terms.

Faculty members also will be nominating full professors to fill three upcoming vacancies on the seven-member Advisory Board of the Academic Council. The three electoral groups are: Group IV, School of Humanities and Sciences, Section B, Social Sciences; Group V, School of Humanities and Sciences, Section C, Humanities and Fine Arts; and Group VII, School of Earth Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Special Administrative Group School of Medicine, Section A, Basic Medical Sciences.

The second round of voting for the 2013-14 Advisory Board, which will be open to all members of the Academic Council, will be held in March. The results of that election will be announced during spring quarter.

Elections for the chair of the senate and for its Steering Committee will be held in April. The results of the election will be announced during spring quarter.

The senate, which was established in 1968, also includes 15 ex officio members: the university president; the provost; the deans of the seven schools; the directors of the Hoover Institution and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; the vice provosts for undergraduate and for graduate education; the dean of research; and the academic secretary.