The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the University of Redlands have announced the appointment of Lawrence Gross, Ph.D., as the new San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at the University of Redlands, according to a press release issued yesterday by the San Manuel.
After a nationwide search, Gross, from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, was selected for the position, which is supported by a $3.7 million gift to the university from the tribe. Starting on Sept. 1, Gross will teach and develop courses and provide leadership for curricular and co-curricular initiatives in Native American Studies.
Gross has previously taught at Montana State University, Iowa State University and the University of Vermont and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master’s in Regional Studies from Harvard University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University.
San Manuel Chairman James Ramos said in the release: “This program is an important link to the future as it will provide Natives and non-Natives alike with an even greater understanding of the history and culture of the First Americans in our region. We are grateful that Dr. Gross is coming on board with his impeccable talent and credentials to build this exciting program.”