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The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the College. In partnership with the Vice Provost, the Provost oversees the Division of Student Learning & Success, which comprises areas directly involved in education delivery and student services (see below). The mission of the division is to promote student learning and success through exceptional educational opportunities, programs, and support.

Walk and Lavender

Acting Provost Randall Lavender and Interim President Kerry Walk

The Provost also serves as the academic liaison to the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, and chief administrative liaison to the Academic Assembly and Faculty Senate, the College’s faculty governance bodies.


The Provost’s Office facilitates academic administration at the College, coordinates the Academic Meeting Schedule, organizes the Annual Faculty Convocation, and, in collaboration with Human Resources & Development, leads the New Faculty Orientation. See also: Faculty Events and Activities

 

Dr. Kerry Walk, Provost

Kerry Walk, Ph.D.

Interim President (Provost)
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
kwalk@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Responsibilities

  • Board of Trustees
  • Academic Policies & Procedures
  • Faculty Governance, Appointments, and Promotion
  • Student Recruitment, Retention, and Completion
  • Academic Planning and Programs
  • WASC and NASAD Accreditation

Kerry Walk (B.A., Wellesley College, and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Otis College of Art and Design, currently serving as Interim President.  As Provost, Walk is responsible for providing educational leadership for the College and oversees the Division of Student Learning & Success, which comprises undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, campus life programs, enrollment services, travel study and exchange programs, academic support services, and the galleries.  Prior to joining Otis in 2011, Walk held academic leadership positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Pitzer College (a member of the Claremont University Consortium). At Princeton, she built and directed the acclaimed interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program, and at Pitzer she spearheaded successful strategic planning and reaccreditation efforts.  An award-winning teacher, Walk has 25 years of experience in the college classroom.  Her publications, papers, and invited talks and workshops have focused on best practices in writing pedagogy, student writing development, and educational assessment.  Her guide, Teaching with Writing, is used for faculty development in institutions around the country.

 

 

Randy Lavender, Vice Provost

Randall Lavender, M. F. A.

Acting Provost (Vice Provost)
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
rlavender@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Responsibilities

  • Divisional Budgets
  • Academic Facilities, Operations, and Services
  • Academic Advising / Mentoring
  • Faculty Grants & Sabbaticals

Randall Lavender is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist whose painting and sculpture are included in numerous public and private collections, and have been reviewed or featured in dozens of articles, books, and catalogues. Professor Lavender joined the Otis faculty in 1983, following faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Claremont Graduate University, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He served as Associate Chair of Otis’ Foundation Program for more than a decade before joining the College's Senior Team and serving as Interim co-Provost, Vice Provost, and Acting Provost. Lavender earned his M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton. He has consulted for institutions nationally on issues of art/design in higher education, and has published essays and articles on art in higher education, educational psychology, contemporary culture, and best teaching practices in leading art education journals, including Studies in Art EducationJournal of Aesthetic Education, and Foundations in Art Theory (F.A.T.E.) in Review.

 

 

Dr. Karen Girton-Snyder, Assistant Provost

Karen Girton-Synder, Ed.D.

Assistant Provost
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
kgsnyder@otis.edu
(310) 665-6815

 

Responsibilities

  • Academic Program Review Coordination
  • Assessment/Accreditation Support
  • Blended and Online Learning Initiatives
  • Academic and Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Project Management
   

April Kullis

April Kullis

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
akullis@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Responsibilities

  • Provost and Vice Provost Scheduling
  • Academic Meeting Calendar & Events
  • Faculty Contracts
  • Divisional Budget Support