Professor Ignacio Navarrete has an outstanding record of Academic Senate service dating back to the mid 1990s, and has been especially active in dealing with issues of educational policy. He has also served for many years on Divisional Council.
His committee service started in 1996 when he joined the Committee on Courses of Instruction. Since 2002, Ignacio has served on the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) for no fewer than eight years, concluding in 2011 with two years as committee chair. He also served on the systemwide Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP) in 2007-08. After serving two years (1996-98) on COCI, Ignacio served for five years on the Committee on International Education, including a year as chair (2000-01) and a further year as vice-chair (2003-04). As this record already shows, his service is characterized by his willingness to take on leadership positions. Professor Ula Taylor, current chair of Committee on Committees (COMS), writes that: “The generosity with which he has made himself available in response to Senate needs is amply demonstrated by the fact that he agreed to serve as the chair of AMCULT [the American Cultures Subcommittee] in 2011, after the previous chair resigned and left a vacancy that COMS struggled for months to fill. Despite the fact that Professor Navarrete had not previously served on the committee, and despite the fact that he was serving as chair of his own department at the time, he agreed to step in as chair of AMCULT and served in that capacity through 2013.”
No Senate committee is more important than Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education (AEPE). Since 2013 he has served on AEPE nearly every year, and since 2016 has been the committee’s chair. Professor Kim Voss, who worked closely with Ignacio, reports on his service as follows: “I served on AEPE for four years, three as Vice Chair. Ignacio chaired the Committee two of those years and I feel very fortunate to have served during that time. Ignacio became chair of the committee at a complicated and difficult moment. We were in the midst of an effort to reform Berkeley’s admission policies to make them fairer, a critical task given that competition for spots in the freshman class had grown to historic levels. Some of our reforms, notably our effort to give all applicants the opportunity to submit letters of recommendation, met with fierce resistance at the systemwide level. Ignacio dealt with the situation masterfully. His judgment was excellent and his diplomatic skills were matchless.”
Colleagues greatly respect and admire Ignacio’s dedication and commitment to excellence. As Professor Mark Brilliant nicely summarized “He leads in the best way: by example. He is always deeply informed about the matters at hand and guides the conversations about them deftly and graciously.” Professor Robert Powell, Division chair for 2016-17, also supports this nomination with great enthusiasm.
In Professor Navarrete, the campus has a stellar and exemplary recipient of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award.