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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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Teaching Excellence Awards Recipients

Distinguished Educator

Eddy Award: Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Excellence in Teaching

Otis and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce annually honor one outstanding Otis faculty member. The Chamber presents this award at its annual Teacher Recognition Dinner. The Eddy Award/Distinguished Educator Award recipient receives $2,500, is featured in OMAG, introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.

Each year one Part-Time and one Full-Time faculty member each receive the Excellence in Teaching Award. Both recipients receive $1,250, are featured in an article in OMAG, introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.


2015 Distinguished Educator

Christian Mounger, Associate Professor, Foundation

Christian Mounger

2015 Teaching Excellence

Marlena Donohue, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, Grad Fine Arts (Full-Time)
Chris Badger, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Foundation (Part-Time)

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2014 Distinguished Educator

Dana Duff, Professor, Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice

Dana Duff

2014 Teaching Excellence

Jason Burton, Assistant Professor, Product Design and Foundation (Full-Time)
William ‘Bill’ Sneed, Lecturer, Digital Media (Part-Time)

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2013 Distinguished Educator

Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media

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2013 Teaching Excellence

Bill Kelley, Jr. Lecturer, Graduate Public Practice (Part-Time)
Renee Petropoulous, Associate Professor, Graduate Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2012 Distinguished Educator

Gary Geraths, Associate Professor, Foundation and Digital Media

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2012 Teaching Excellence

Mark Wyse, Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts (Part-Time)
Meg Cranston Chair, Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2011 Distinguished Educator

Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Assistant Chair, Fashion Design.

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2011 Teaching Excellence

Carol Branch, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies (Part Time).
Erin Hauber, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts (Full Time).

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2010 Distinguished Educator

Scott Grieger, Professor, Fine Arts

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2010 Teaching Excellence

Anthony Young, Professor, Fashion Design (Full-Time)
Robert Summers, Lecturer, Liberal Studies (Part-Time)

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Other faculty members have received the Eddy Award:

2009: Michael Schrier
2008: Christian Mounger
2007: Heather Joseph-Witham
2006: James Starrett
2005: Randall Lavender
2004: Joan Takayama-Ogawa
2003: Parme Giuntini
2002: Debra Ballard
2001: Ave Pildas
2000: Rosemary Brantley
1999: Robert L. Glover
1998: Katie Philips
1997: Scott Grieger and Kathryn Hagen