REQUEST FOR ACTION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 
 
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Item Number: 91 Legislation Number (B: Bill, R: Resolution): R48-75
Author:   Summer Ko   Second:  Naaila Mohammad
Synopsis: Condemning the Appointment of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Howard Gillman
Date of Presentation: May 30, 2013
 

Whereas, the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) has had an interim Executive Vice Chancellor Provost (EVCP) for the 2012-2013 school year,

 

Whereas, Howard Gillman, former Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California, has been appointed to be the new EVCP of UC Irvine,

 

Whereas, the Irvine Faculty Association (IFA) released a letter to Chancellor Drake to express their concerns regarding the appointment of Howard Gilman,

 

Whereas, the letter states that “Searches of broad concern to the campus should be conducted as openly as possible so that faculty from various areas and perspectives can raise issues that may not be evident to the necessarily few colleagues on any search committee”,[1]

 

Whereas the letter also states that “Dean Gilman’s fairness in handling personnel cases, as well as his relationship with faculty in general and American Studies and Ethnicity faculty in particular, have been called into question by reports from USC,”

 

Whereas, the letter also states that “...many Humanities chairs as well as many individual faculty who complained of his lack of support for their research and lack of respect,”

 

Whereas, the letter also states that “Many senior faculty left during his term despite USC’s able financial position, and there is a perception among USC faculty that Dean Gillman’s retention and tenure decisions were uneven, unclear, and partial,”

 

Whereas, in November, USC Professor Mai’a K. Davis Cross filed a federal discrimination complaint against the University of Southern California for denying her bid for tenure, arguing that the institution had a history of denying tenure to women and members of minority groups in the humanities and social sciences[2],

 

Whereas, Ms.Cross and her lawyer have contended that her tenure case included procedural violations by a former dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences—for example, that he, under the authority of the provost, made “cold calls” to scholars outside Cross’s field,[3]

 

Whereas, the committee said it had found "clear and persuasive" evidence that the "cold calls" the former dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences made to scholars to seek their views of Ms. Cross's work were procedurally defective and "materially inhibited" the tenure-review process,[4]

 

Whereas, she also filed a complaint in November with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, citing data she collected with a colleague in the political-science department,

 

Whereas, the data shows that 92 percent of white men who were considered for tenure from 1998 to 2012 in the university's social-sciences and humanities departments were awarded it,

 

Whereas, that compares with 55 percent of women and professors from minority groups who worked in the same departments during that period, according to documents filed with the EEOC,[5]

 

Whereas, the previous EVCP, Michael Gottfredson, threatened Ethnic Studies (Chican@/Latin@ Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Asian American Studies) in a needs attention memo released just last year, [6]

Whereas, the “Needs Attention” exercise threatened to affect the academic reputation of UC Irvine, becoming citable as evidence of administrative complicity in an inhospitable culture for minority students and faculty, [7]

Whereas, given recent blatantly racist incidents,  and the campus climate, the need for the growth of Ethnic Studies is important more than ever,

Whereas, there has been no transparency, as there has been no public discussion regarding the selection of UCI’s new EVCP,

 

Whereas, UC Irvine’s values are as follows - respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun, [8]

 

Whereas, Chancellor Drake states on his website, “It is my goal to infuse our values into the core of everything we do at the University of California, Irvine. These values – respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun – foster the creative process, build stronger bonds between people and inspire a shared sense of purpose. It is my hope that as dedicated members of the UC Irvine community, we will continue to live by these values and promote the highest standards of excellence in all that we do,” [9]

 

Whereas the appointment of Howard Gillman to be EVCP of UC Irvine does not reflect “the creative process, build stronger bonds between people and inspire a shared sense of purpose,”

 

Let it be resolved that ASUCI Legislative Council condemns the appointment of Howard Gillman as the EVCP of UC Irvine, as his actions do not reflect the University’s values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun,

 

Let it further be resolved that ASUCI Legislative Council urges Chancellor Drake to revoke his appointment of Howard Gillman as EVCP and immediately begins a new search committee that is transparent and includes more than two students,

 

Let it further be resolved that ASUCI Legislative Council urges Chancellor Drake to hold an open and public  town hall to publicly address the concerns shared by undergraduates, graduates, and faculty,

 

Let it further be resolved that ASUCI Legislative Council condemns Chancellor Drake for hosting a bow-tying workshop on May 9th  instead of increasing awareness beyond a campus-wide email,

 

Let it further be resolved that ASUCI Legislative Council create an ad-hoc committee to be named “Transparency and Accountability of Administration Committee” that will consist of all members of ASUCI Legislative Council,

 

Let it finally be resolved that this committee will continue to the 2013-2014 year and will advocate the University administration to be transparent and that their actions rightfully reflect the interests of the students of UC Irvine and the values of UC Irvine.



[5] http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Southern-Calif-Urged-to/136493/

[7] http://ucifa.org/2013/05/13/ifa-board-letter-to-chancellor-drake-concerning-appointment-of-new-evc/

 
Referred to: Committee on:
Vote Required: FINAL VOTE: Passed YEA: 12 NAY: 1  ABS: 0
 
THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFONIA, IRVINE ON THE DATE OF  HAS TAKEN ACTION ON THIS LEGISLATION.    
   
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