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Appointment of Professor Ivan Evans as Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC)


SUBJECT: Appointment of Professor Ivan Evans as Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC)

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor of Sociology, Ivan Evans, as the next Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College, effective July 1, 2015. Professor Evans is currently serving as Acting Provost at Earl Warren College.

Professor Evans received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 1990 after serving as a Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and as a Visiting Professor at UCLA. His publications include Bureaucracy and Race: Native Administration in South Africa and Cultures of Violence: Lynching and Racial Killing in South Africa and the American South. For more than three decades, Professor Evans has committed himself to teaching, diversity, and the student experience. He has a long-standing affiliation with Roosevelt College, having taught in the Making of the Modern World (MMW) program for more than sixteen years. He has conducted research supported by two Fulbright scholarships and has received Roosevelt College’s Teaching Award. Professor Evans’ commitment to MMW embodies ERC’s mission of fostering international cooperation and global diversity.

In addition to his distinguished accomplishments in teaching and scholarship, Professor Evans has made significant service contributions to our university. He has served on the Sociology Department’s Diversity Committee, as Vice Chair on the Senate Committee for Diversity and Equity, represented the committee at the system-wide Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (UCAAD), and served as president of the UC San Diego Faculty Association (SDFA). As President of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAAUP) and as the SDFA’s representative on the system-wide Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA), Professor Evans paid particular attention to the potential impact of policy changes on university diversity.

Professor Ivan Evans’ commitment to students and his corresponding interests with Roosevelt College’s focus on international issues, make him exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as Provost. I am delighted that he has accepted this important position, and ask that you join me in offering him best wishes and support in his new role. Please also join me in thanking Professor Richard Madsen for his tenure of service as Acting then Interim Provost of Roosevelt College, during the past two academic years.

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor

Dept. of Sociology invites applications for newly endowed Daniel Yankelovich Chair

   The UCSD Department of Sociology invites applications for the newly endowed Daniel Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought.  The substantive areas of the chair-holder’s research are open.  However, the holder of the Yankelovich chair should be a senior scholar whose research and teaching clearly demonstrate the ability to transcend the boundaries of their discipline in understanding important issues and problems; to place their research and thinking in the larger context of society; and to communicate cogently and clearly, with a view to exercising influence in both the academy and the world beyond the academy.

   The ideal candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play an important role in advancing the university’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.  Interested individuals are asked to submit a CV and samples of their written work.  We also ask for separate statements concerning the candidate’s research agenda and their contributions, or potential for contributions, to diversity. (Guidelines for preparing the diversity statement can be found at http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-info.asp)

 All application materials should be submitted electronically via UCSD’s Academic Personnel On-Line Recruit https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00385

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research

The Division of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego, with initial funding from Dan Yankelovich. The mission of the Yankelovich Center is to promote a paradigm of social science that finds solutions to the nation’s most urgent problems.

Several trends are emerging nationwide that open new opportunities for the social sciences at UCSD. The nation is coming to recognize the importance of evidence-based research and of strategies for transforming social norms. Research of this sort is essential to solving huge national problems such as the decline of social mobility; under-performing schools; the unsustainable rise of health care costs; the urgency of action on climate change, and the destructive impact of political confrontation.

The Center is a pioneering leadership initiative that, if successful, will restore the great social science tradition of pragmatic problem solving and enhance our nation’s ability to cope with global change.  Guiding principles for the Center are attached to this email.

David A. Lake, Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Science and currently Associate Dean of Social Sciences, has been appointed as the founding Director of the Center. He will be advised by an Executive Committee composed of former Executive Vice Chancellor Paul Drake (chair), Richard Madsen (Sociology), Amanda Datnow (Education Studies), and Dan Yankelovich.

The Yankelovich Center provides catalytic funding for projects designed to yield promising hypotheses, innovative interventions, and plans for larger-scale funding. Seed grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. Small grants like these cannot, by themselves, solve overwhelming problems. But they can permit the preparatory work so essential to the discovery of ambitious solutions.

In its first months of operation in 2012, the Center awarded seed grants and support mainly to promising research in progress. These covered such topics as:

?         How to advance the academic achievement of students in diverse and underserved communities.

?         How to connect the theoretical knowledge of UCSD faculty with the practical knowledge of local community leaders.

?         How to change destructive norms in developing nations.

?         How to ensure more free and fair elections in emerging democracies.

Starting in 2013 its seed grants and support will go primarily to promising new problem-solving research initiatives.

                    Jeff Elman, Dean of Social Sciences

                     David A. Lake, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research

Sociology Department Welcomes Two New Professors

The Department of Sociology will be welcoming two new professors in the Fall, Kevin Lewis and Vanesa Ribas.   Vanesa is currently a graduate student at the University of North Carolina who is anticipating to defend May 2012.  Her dissertation is on the social and economic incorporation of Latina/o migrants in the American South. Vanesa Ribas’ research is in race/ethnicity, migration, work, and social movements.  Her principle line of research focuses on the intergroup relations, conditioned by the social organization of labor, that fundamentally shape the incorporation of Latina/o migrants in the contemporary American South. Vanesa Ribas’ dissertation, titled “On the Line: The Working Lives of Latinos and African Americans in the New South,” is an ethnography of a large meatpacking plant in the Southeast where she held entry-level production jobs on the line alongside mostly Latina/o and African American workers. She will be teaching Soci 104 Field Research: Methods of Participant Observation and Soci 139 Social Inequality: Class, Race and Gender.

Kevin Lewis is currently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Harvard University, and is expected to receive his degree May 2012. He is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  Mr. Lewis’ area of expertise is in cultural sociology and network analysis.  His research focuses on the formation and evolution of social networks, and addresses three general questions. First, how are observed patterns of homogeneity in social networks generated? Second, how does culture contribute to the development and maintenance of social network ties? Third, what are the implications of both processes for the genesis and reproduction of inequality? To answer these questions, Mr. Lewis has primarily analyzed  two network datasets unique in nature and scale using cutting-edge methods for modeling cross-sectional and longitudinal network data.  His general range of teaching interests includes statistics, theory, network analysis, cultural sociology, social psychology, gender, sociology of the family, and inequality. He will be teaching Soci 108 Survey of Research Design as well as his new course – Soci 120T Social Networks.

Toward Institutional Reform and an Inclusive Community

The UCSD Department of Sociology condemns the current racist acts on our campus, and we stand ready to assist the University in creating and enacting institutional policies that would make UCSD more accessible to and hospitable for all members of our community. In order to do so, we must view these events not as isolated acts of individual racism but as signs that we must do more institutionally in order to achieve racial equity. In support of the spirit of recent proposals by the UCSD faculty of African descent and the UCSD Black Student Union, we urge the administration to renew its commitments to public access and diversity education and to ensure that racial equity is integral to any campus plans to restructure the university during the budget crisis.