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  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

  • Michael Joyce

    Sep 17| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Twentieth-Century Man by Michael Joyce. Starting with a disappearance, Twentieth-Century Man contemplates issues imbedded in aging, memory, language, family, and even life and death, covering and uncovering many profound mysteries.

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Teaching Excellence Awards

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View Award Recipients!


About the Program

The teaching faculty is the College's greatest resource. Accordingly, three outstanding educators from the accredited B.F.A./M.F.A. programs are recognized each year for their commitment to Otis, their clear, effective teaching, and their ability to respond to a diverse student body.

While there is no one way to be an outstanding teacher, each award is defined by a set of criteria meant to govern its nominations and selection.

The Distinguished Educator Award is presented to a longstanding member of the teaching and/or teaching/administrative community who has demonstrated a sustained ability to:

  • Incite curiosity in, motivate, and enhance the success of students
  • Inspire and earn the admiration of departmental colleagues
  • Create a lasting and gratifying impression of an extraordinary educator.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to one full-time faculty/department administrator and one adjunct/part-time faculty member who consistently:

  • Communicates a thorough knowledge of and enthusiasm for the relevant field or subject
  • Presents that knowledge coherently and connects it with other allied fields or subjects
  • Challenges students and increases their capacity for independent thought
  • Transforms, enhances, or innovates teaching methodology and practice.

Eligibility

Distinguished Educator Award: All faculty members and department/program administrators who teach and who have served in either or both capacities for a minimum of ten academic years with a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and/or applied teaching scholarship.

Excellence in Teaching Awards: Full-time faculty members and department/program administrators who teach and who have served in that capacity for a minimum of three consecutive academic years. Adjunct/part-time faculty members who have taught one or more courses over a minimum of three consecutive academic years. 

Past recipients of an Otis teaching award (within five years) are not eligible.

Nominations 

Students, faculty, academic program directors, assistant/associate chairs, and department chairs may login once to nominate one candidate for the Distinguished Educator Award and two for Excellence in Teaching Awards. Alumni may nominate for the Distinguished Educator Award. Award criteria are considered in the nomination process, and the reason for each nomination is stated.

A Call for Nominations is announced here each February, and a survey link is posted. 

See written comments submitted with the Teaching Excellence Awards nominations.

 

Selections

A committee of Academic Assembly members including Department Administrators, Full-Time and Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty from Liberal Studies, Studio, Fine Arts, Design, Graduate and Undergraduate programs, along with the prior year’s award recipients, is convened by the Vice Provost. The Selections Committee considers four primary factors:

  • awards criteria
  • student evaluations of teaching
  • number of and reasons for nominations received
  • confluence of nominating constituencies (i.e. students, faculty, etc.)

Such selections are complex, and every effort is made to consider all factors that may assist in achieving equitable results. 

Recognition and Celebration

Distinguished Educator Award recipients receive $2,500, are featured in an article in O MAG, and honored at the annual Convocation. Concurrently, the recipient will receive the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Eddy Award for Excellence in Education and attend its annual Teacher Recognition Dinner with a group of friends and colleagues.

Excellence in Teaching Award recipients each receive $1,250, are featured in an article in O MAG, and honored at the annual Convocation.

Award recipients may be called upon to contribute their expertise in College forums focused on matters of teaching and related best practices.