Howard Gillman, an accomplished administrator and award-winning scholar and teacher, was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine in June 2013. He will also serve as a political science and law professor.
As the No. 2 person in campus administration, Gillman oversees academics and operations and reports directly to Chancellor Michael Drake. He guides the development of academic priorities and strategies; works with deans to recruit and retain a diverse and talented faculty; and, in coordination with the chancellor, leads the university’s overall strategic planning.
Prior to his appointment at UC Irvine, Gillman was a professor of political science, history and law at the University of Southern California. From 2007 to 2012, he was dean of the USC David & Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. The largest, oldest and most diverse academic unit at USC, it comprises 33 departments, dozens of research centers and institutes, 7,000 undergraduates, 1,200 doctoral students, and nearly 800 faculty members with expertise in the humanities, social sciences, and physical, biological and natural sciences. Gillman developed and managed an annual budget of about $340 million and oversaw a staff of more than 600, including professionals in external relations, communications and technology, admissions and student advisement.
As dean, he raised almost $450 million and played a central role in securing a $200 million unrestricted endowment, the biggest single gift in the history of USC and the largest naming gift in the history of higher education for a research university’s college of letters, arts & sciences. Gillman was also credited with promoting innovative academic programs, increasing external research funding, recruiting more than 100 new faculty members, fostering institutional diversity, and enhancing the quality of both undergraduate and graduate research programs.
He previously held positions as USC’s associate vice provost for research advancement and chair of its Department of Political Science.
Gillman earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at UCLA. He’s a nationally recognized expert in American constitutionalism and judicial politics. Among his published works are:
- The Constitution Besieged: The Rise & Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke University Press, 1993)
- The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (University of Chicago Press, 2001)
- American Constitutionalism: Volume I: Structures of Government, with co-authors Mark Graber and Keith Whittington (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- American Constitutionalism: Volume II: Rights & Liberties, with co-authors Mark Graber and Keith Whittington (Oxford University Press, 2013)
He has received a number of awards for his scholarly contributions, including the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in the field of public law and the American Judicature Society Award for best paper presented at a regional or national conference, both bestowed by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. He has chaired that section and been honored by it for exceptional service and mentoring.
Recognition of Gillman’s dedication to students and teaching has included USC Dornsife’s General Education Teaching Award and the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching – USC’s highest career achievement award, given to only two faculty members each year. In 2001, he was made a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. At the end of his deanship, two anonymous donors made a $1 million gift to USC to establish the Dean Howard Gillman Fund in honor of his commitment to undergraduate research.
A native of Southern California, Gillman grew up in North Hollywood and was a first-generation college student. His wife, Ellen, earned a bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego and a master’s and doctorate in psychology at UCLA. They have two children.Gillman Full CV (PDF)