G. James Daichendt, Ed.D.

Dean of the Colleges
Vice-Provost, Traditional Undergraduate Studies

G. James Daichendt, Ed.D. serves as Vice-Provost for Traditional Undergraduate Studies and Dean of the Colleges, which includes the College of Arts & Humanities and the College of Natural and Social Sciences. He is the author of the following books: Robbie Conal: Streetwise: 35 Years of Politically Charged Guerrilla Art (2020); The Urban Canvas: Street Art Around the World (2017); Kenny Scharf: In Absence of Myth (2016); Shepard Fairey Inc: Artist/Professional/Vandal (2014); Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art (2012); Artist Scholar: Reflections on Writing and Research (2011); and Artist-Teacher: A Philosophy for Creating and Teaching (2010). 

Daichendt is an art critic and journalist who has written for the following publications: The San Diego Union Tribune, LA Weekly,KECT's Artbound, ArtScene, Artillery, Pasadena Scene Magazine, Beverly Hills LIfestyle among many others. In addition, he is the chief editor of the academic journal, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. Daichendt holds a doctorate from Columbia University and graduate degrees from Harvard and Boston universities. 


  • Ed.D., Arts Research, Columbia University 
  • Ed.M., Arts in Education, Harvard University
  • M.F.A., Art Education, Boston University
  • B.A., Studio Art, Azusa Pacific University

Courses Taught

  • History of Modern Art – ART 304
  • Contempory Art History – ART 305
  • Introduction to Art - ART 1000