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Like UC San Diego's undergraduate students, all UC San Diego faculty are affiliated with one of its six undergraduate colleges.

The college system at UC San Diego was the visionary idea of the university's founding faculty, who wanted to give undergraduates something of the experience of a small liberal arts college while having the educational advantages of a large research university. Additionally, the colleges offer students choices in fulfilling their General Education requirements.

The Muir faculty established the college’s General Education and graduation requirements at its founding and makes changes to those requirements as necessary. In accordance with the College's by-laws, the faculty is represented by an elected six-member Faculty Executive Committee which advises the Provost, takes action on academic policies and other matters of concern to the faculty, and appoints other faculty committees as needed. Any changes to the by-laws are voted on by the entire faculty. The Writing Advisory Committee advises the Director of the Muir College Writing Program on matters relating to the College's writing requirement and participates in the hiring and review of MCWP professional staff.

Membership on College committees, including the Executive Committee and Writing Advisory Committee, counts as university service, necessary for promotion and merit advancement. Faculty also help out the College by discussing their research with students in the Freshman Honors Seminar and in many other ways. We are truly grateful to everyone who contributes to our efforts to make UC San Diego a stimulating and rewarding place for undergraduate students.

Current Committee Memberships

Faculty Executive Committee
Boatema Boateng, Communication
Amy Cimini, Music
Joshua Figueroa, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Carolyn Kurle, Biological Sciences
Lisa Tauxe, SIO
Lelli Van Den Einde, Structural Engineering


Faculty Writing Advisory Committee
Kate Antonovics, Economics (Social Sciences Representative)
Stacey Brydges, Chemistry & Biochemistry (Physical Sciences Representative)
Lakshmi Chilukuri, Biology (Biological Sciences Representative)
Hyonny Kim, Structural Engineering (Engineering Representative)
William Propp, History (Arts and Humanities Representative)

Current Representatives to the Academic Senate Representative Assembly

2015-2017

Kim Albizati, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Alternate - Eric Bakovic, Linguistics

2016-2018

Adam Burgasser, Physics
Alternate - James Nieh, Ecology, Behavior & Evolution