Scripps College Announces Three Endowed Chairs for 2019

The Scripps College Board of Trustees has announced the appointments of Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of art, to the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art, Julia Liss, professor of history, to the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professorship in the Humanities, and Sheila Walker, professor of psychology, to the inaugural appointment of the Laura Vausbinder Hockett Endowed Professorship, effective July 1, 2019.

The Fletcher Jones Chair in Art was endowed to honor and provide support for a “distinguished scholar and one so recognized among their peers.” Appointed to Scripps in 1995, Professor Ken Gonzales-Day has been actively engaged in service to the College, as past chair of the art department and as a member of several committees, including the Core steering committee, Faculty Executive Committee (FEC), and Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee (APT). He is an affiliated member of Claremont Graduate University’s Art Program, Intercollegiate Media Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Professor Gonzales-Day has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award in both research and teaching, Mellon and National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and, in 2017, a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. He teaches a range of art classes, specializing in photography, and contributes regularly to the Core program, teaching Core I and the Core III course “The Mechanical Eye.” His solo and group artwork exhibitions, widely reviewed in leading media outlets, have been held at numerous renowned arts institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. His public art commissions are on display throughout Los Angeles, and his work is in collections that include the Getty Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Professor Gonzales-Day has also had multiple residencies, the most recent in 2014, as the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the National Portrait Gallery.

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