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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Ombudsperson

The Faculty Ombudsperson is available to talk informally and confidentially with any Otis faculty member—parttime, adjunct, or full-time—about any Otis workplace issue, concern, problem or dispute. Talking with the Faculty Ombudsperson may be a first step, a middle step, or even a last resort. The Ombudsperson will listen to you, discuss your concerns, and explain policies and options. As a neutral party and without talking sides, the Ombudsperson will help you develop strategies for solving problems and confiicts.
The Faculty Ombudsperson is not a decision maker and does not have the power to establish, change, or set aside College rules or policies. The Ombudsperson does track trends and challenges, and makes recommendations to the College concerning improvements in policies or practices.


What the Faculty Ombudsperson Does:

• Does: Listen to you, which may be all you want
• Does: Act as a sounding board for your concerns
• Does: Explain institutional procedures and policies and how
they affect you
• Does: Help you develop strategies and resources for solving
problems or confiicts
• Does: Facilitate conversations when appropriate, freeing you to
focus on your concerns

 

When You Should Contact the Faculty Ombudsperson:

• When you need to talk through a challenging workplace situation
• When you are not sure which policy or procedure applies
in your circumstance
• When you feel that you have been treated unfairly by anyone
in the College
• When you are not sure whether your concerns are appropriate (just ask)

 

What the Faculty Ombudsperson Does Not Do:

• Does Not: Make decisions for anyone
• Does Not: Offer psychological counseling
• Does Not: Serve as an advocate for anyone
• Does Not: Testify in formal or legal actions or offer legal advice
• Does Not: Keep records concerning you or your specific concerns
• Does Not: Act as an agent or office of notice to the College

 

Meetings With the Faculty Ombudsperson Are:

• Confidential: The Faculty Ombudsperson will not identify you or discuss your concerns with anyone without your permission. All communications with the Ombudsperson are privileged and others cannot waive this privilege. The only exceptions are when such disclosure is necessary given an imminent risk of serious harm, or if required by law.
• Neutral: The Faculty Ombudsperson advocates not for any individual, but for fairness, equity, and the mission of the College.
Informal: All meetings with the Faculty Ombudsperson are voluntary. They are also separate and apart from the formal processes of the College. The Ombudsperson does not make decisions on behalf of the College. Speaking to the Ombudsperson does not constitute legal notice to the College that a problem exists. The Ombudsperson will not participate as a witness nor agree to be subpoenaed in any formal institutional or legal proceeding. The Ombudsperson does not keep any records.
• Independent: The Faculty Ombudsperson is not part of the Administration of the College, nor responsible to any department in his role as Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson reports solely and directly to the Provost. These reports are statistical in nature. The Ombudsperson subscribes to the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association.


Contacting the Faculty Ombudsperson:

LAS Faculty; David Bremer

The Faculty Ombudsperson is David Bremer. He can be reached at 310-665-6861. 

A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and Wittenberg University, David has worked with Otis for sixteen years in a variety of both classroom and project situations. He was a founding member of the Otis Academic Assembly, and directed the Otis FIPSE project for faculty development.

In addition to serving as Faculty Ombudsperson, David is an Associate Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

The Faculty Ombudsperson will arrange a confidential meeting at a time and place convenient for you. The Ombudsperson believes that it is most effective to meet with you, but will also work with you over the telephone. The Ombudsperson does not work through e-mail, although he can be contacted at ombuds@otis.edu. You are reminded that e-mail is not a secure communication and are discouraged from sending any confidential information through e-mail.

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