California State University San Marcos announces two new American Indian hires

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Eric Tippeconnic and Eric S. Trevan hired before start of 2020-21 academic year

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California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos has added two American Indian scholars to its faculty and staff before the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

Eric Tippeconnic, a historian and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, was hired as a tenure-track professor in the Department of American Indian Studies. And Eric S. Trevan, a tribal citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe), was named a visiting scholar of innovation, business and economic policy for tribal nations by the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at California State University San Marcos.

Pictured: Eric Tippeconnic, Ph.D., historian and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.
Pictured: Eric Tippeconnic, Ph.D., historian and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.(Photo: courtesy California State University San Marcos)

Tippeconnic previously has served as an instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Ph.D. in history at the University of New Mexico. He’s believed to be the first Comanche to receive a Ph.D. in that field.

Tippeconnic is also a professional artist and muralist who strives to utilize traditional Native methodologies to convey Native history. His work has been featured in multiple art exhibits and museums around the country, including a solo exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin titled “Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic.” His art has been featured to promote Native organizations, including the National Conference of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board, as well as art festivals, exhibits, book and album covers.

Tippeconnic’s paternal grandfather was the first member of the Comanche Nation to receive a bachelor’s degree as well as master’s degree. His paternal great-grandfather, Tippeconnic, a member of the Quahada (Antelope) division of Comanche, was born circa 1852 during the pre-reservation era.

“Dr. Tippeconnic is a highly regarded American Indian studies scholar and artist,” said Joely Proudfit, chair of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos. “He’s an expert in the field of American Indian arts and humanities, and his work reflects the diverse Native populations he grew up with and lived amongst his entire life.”

Pictured: Eric S. Trevan, a tribal citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).
Pictured: Eric S. Trevan, a tribal citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).(Photo: The Evergreen State College, courtesy California State University San Marcos)

Trevan is a tenure-track faculty member for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and was recently awarded an executive leadership fellowship from the Community Development Society. He also works with a variety of businesses and government entities focused on innovation, corporate governance, economic forecasts and business planning.

Trevan has a distinguished history as a national advocate for tribal entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. In addition to his current position and participating in research, Trevan will teach courses at California State University San Marcos in tribal economics and economic development.

“I am honored to work with the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center to further support and enhance their community-based participatory research (CBPR) efforts to build on the intersections of business, entrepreneurship, innovation and economics and tribal sovereignty,” Trevan said.

Before transitioning to academia and earning a Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s School of Community Resources and Development in 2016, Trevan finished a 20-year career in leadership positions, focused on local government, entrepreneurship, tribal government, planning, public policy and economic development.

About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 30-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 306-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange counties.

The university enrolls more than 16,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014 — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — California State University San Marcos is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

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