Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Activities and Workshops

Faculty Development

Teaching Excellence

 

Annual TLC “Teach-In.” Numerous workshops are offered during the week before school starts. These are often technology related, but with an emphasis on how technology can support pedagogy.

Teaching/Learning Center. The TLC provides workshops on a range of topics, generally scheduled during the Wednesday or Thursday free periods. Or you are welcome to drop in anytime for one-on-one assistance.

Presentations in Academic Assembly. Presentations at monthly meetings are regular occurrences. Topics relate to such concerns as instructional technologies, best practices, and reports on faculty projects, grants, and academic travel.  Presentations are generally 10-20 minutes long.

Annual Convocation. A college-wide event featuring a keynote presentation and discussion groups/workshops related to the education of artists and designers. Past keynote speakers include renowned experta in the fielda of creativity, innovation, art, design, and education.

Faculty Pecha Kucha. Faculty members share short presentations of works “in progress,” or other professional activities in a quick format using images that change every 20 seconds.

Brown Bag Discussion. Upon occasion, faculty convene to discuss issues of art/design pedagogy, related research, and/or teaching tips. Led by some of Otis' most experienced and respected teachers.

"Just in time" Drop-In Assistance. TheTeaching/Learning Center offers technical support related to all sorts of technologies from email to OSpace. Staff in the TLC includes an instructional designer and others who are available to assist faculty with technology issues and provide information literacy training.

Discipline-Specific Discussions in Department Meetings. Department Chairs often lead pedagogical discussions during faculty meetings, especially during the week preceding the start of the school year. Assessment has been a frequent topic over recent years, as Otis prepared for accreditation visits.

O Teaching Matters Blog. Edited by Debra Ballard, this online faculty resource covers a range of topics relevant to beginning and experienced teaching practitioners alike. Topics include learning styles, assessment, information literacy, writing across the curriculum, best practices, the new Integrated Learning curriculum at Otis, ESL learners in the classroom, technology and teaching, active learning, layered curricula, Liberal Studies in the 21st century, and “core” in art and design higher education today.

Books and Articles: New Browsing Shelf in the Library and TLC. The library provides many books and e-books to support faculty in teaching practice. The TLC maintains a shelf of selected books and recent issues of the Chronicle of Higher Education for easy faculty access.
 

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Sammy Flores recently suggested that we create a "database" where information about best practices in teaching at Otis could be shared. Can this space serve as that? Can it be a resource for an intellectual community, where interesting articles, ideas, and projects get posted and discussed?


View a summary of Faculty Development Activities at Otis, 2004-2009 (PDF)
 

Professional Development

Faculty Learning Exchange (FleX). FleX fosters integrated learning, community building, and faculty professional development by enabling faculty members to take Otis courses offered by other departments.  This opportunity to learn from colleagues and explore new curricula provides enriching experience that supports faculty interests in interdisciplinary professional and/or teaching activities.  

Participation in FleX expands the knowledge, skills, and information available to faculty and provides a means to enrich professional and teaching resources.  Further, FleX fosters curricular connections between disciplines within the college and strengthens the educational community.

FleX activities are subject to Department Chair and Teaching Faculty approval (i.e. thoseproviding the FleX course).  FleX course participation includes all in-class work, but FleX faculty are exempt from homework and testing.

Conferences. Departments can plan conference travel that enables faculty to participate in professional/academic conferences.  Faculty who present or otherwise participate are expected to share what is learned at the conference with their Department or the larger academic community.

Faculty Development Grants. The College maintains a commitment to support faculty in their pursuit of excellence in professional activities, teaching effectiveness, and contributions to the college. Modest grants are available to support activities including, but not limited to, the following:

Professional activities such as research, exhibitions, publishing, funding for supplies and materials, or participation in conferences and workshops.

  1. Enhancing teaching effectiveness by learning more about today’s students’ learning styles, dealing with problem students, the Millennial generation, or educating the whole student
  2. Contributions to the college such as building departmental teamwork, fostering collegiality, hosting interdisciplinary events, or enhancing inter-departmental communications
  3. Grants awarded by the Faculty Development Committee support faculty needs such as travel, exhibition assistance, research, supplies and equipment, and more. (Application Deadlines are usually October 1st and March 1st; submit applications to Chair or Co-Chairs, Faculty Development Committee).


Sabbaticals. Professional Leave enables faculty to pursue scholarly, creative, or professional activities with support from the College. Each year, three full-time faculty members are eligible to receive one semester of paid leave. (See the Faculty Handbook for important details about eligibility and processes). Sabbatical Application Form

Software Upgrade Grants. Grants are available to full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty from the Provost's Office for software upgrades that enhance teaching.

All faculty members who have taught at Otis for a minimum of two years are eligible for software upgrade grants, which will be administered as reimbursements.  Please note that the grants suport software upgradesonly and that the Provost's Office reserves the right to approve, deny, and/or cap awards.

Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. To make a request, eligible faculty members should complete the Software Upgrade Request form and forward the relevant Department Chair's written approval to the Provost. Awards will be made as funds allow.

Faculty Discounts on Hardware and Software. Otis has negotiated discounts for all faculty on items purchased from Apple and CDWG.

External Funding Opportunities. External Faculty Support Opportunities (PDF), a faculty development resource prepared by Randy Lavender for the Provost's Office, offering over 80 linked sources leading to hundreds of grant, fellowship, residency, and emergency loan opportunities for individual artists, designers, scholars, and writers.

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