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Academic Affairs

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Provost Jiseon Lee Isbara

Specific roles and responsibilities are distributed among various leaders, including the Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, the Interim Assistant Provost, and the Academic Affairs Projects Manager. 

The objective of Academic Affairs is to support faculty and academic staff in their effort to educate diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. It is committed to developing and improving curriculum, advocating for effective educational resources, working closely with chairs, directors, faculty, and instructional support staff, and collaboratively working with other college divisions to achieve the college’s mission

In collaboration with the Student Success division, the Provost oversees co-curricular offerings and student success-enhancing initiatives.


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

 

Academic Affairs Administration

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Jiseon Lee Isbara

Provost
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
provost@otis.edu
(310) 665-6979

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Academic Program Planning
  • Curriculum and Program Development
  • Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Assessment and Accreditation
  • Academic Division Budgets and Resources
  • Faculty and Academic Staff Recruitment and Development
  • Faculty Governance
  • Operations and Services
  • Administrative Systems
  • Academic Advising and Mentoring
  • Academic Support Services
 

 

Joanne Mitchell

Joanne Mitchell

Assistant Provost for Academic Effectiveness and Accreditation
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
jmitchell@otis.edu
(310) 665-6963

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Oversee and Guide Assessment and Program Review
  • Support Data-Informed Decision-Making
  • Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Student Success Initiatives
  • Support Budget & Resource Planning

 

Joanne holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Wesleyan University, a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University, and an M.F.A. from CalArts. Since arriving at Otis in 2010, she has served as a Curatorial Intern in the Ben Maltz Gallery, Interim Academic Coordinator of the Foundation Program, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor in the Foundation Program, and most recently as a member of the Interim Provost Support Team. Her work has been exhibited at the Tsai Performing Arts Center, The Graduate Center - CUNY, SOMArts, and the LGBT Historical Museum among others.

 

 

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Matthew Penkala

Director of Academic Administration
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
mpenkala@otis.edu
(310) 665-6815

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Academic Affairs Project Management
  • Travel and External Study Management 
  • Academic Research Support
  • Divisional Calendar
  • Academic Meeting Schedule
  • Assessment and External Program Review Support
  • Budget Planning Support
  • Administrative Systems Support
  • Web and Publications Support
  • HEOA Compliance

Matthew Penkala is an artist whose paintings are included in numerous public and private collections nationally, and have been reviewed or featured in numerous publications and catalogues. Penkala came to Otis in 2012, following an interim faculty position heading the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He served as Academic Coordinator in Otis’ Foundation Program for two years before joining the Provost’s Office. He has also been the Faculty Leader for the Foundation Program’s Paris Travel Elective since 2013. He has worked for various Los Angeles-based design firms providing Art Direction and production for web and print based projects. Penkala earned his M.F.A. in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A. in Photography from Arizona State University.

Learn more about Matthew at: www.matthewpenkalastudio.com

 

 

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Angila Romious, PhD


Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
aromious@otis.edu
424-207-3753
 

 

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) develops, conducts, and coordinates research activities, supports institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, assessment and accreditation activities, enrollment management, grants, and related data-driven activities. OIRE supports quality improvement by working with decision makers across the College to enhance the understanding, collection, and use of data in decision-making. The OIRE Director manages and coordinates the preparation of required federal, state, and accreditation accountability reports, as well as analyses examining student outcomes.

Angila Romious PhD has over 9 years’ teaching experience in higher education and professional experience in institutional research. In addition to her work as Director of the OIRE at Otis College, she teaches Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods for the Departments of Sociology and Social Work at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Romious consults as an external evaluator conducting program and project evaluations for non-profit organizations and businesses. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Public Schools and is a former Board Member for Precision Dance Company and The Pearl Foundation. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine.

 

 

 

Cliff Eberly

Academic Program Events Coordinator
Ahmanson Hall
ceberly@otis.edu
 

 

Linda Robinson

Academic Program Business Coordinator
Ahmanson Hall
lrobinson@otis.edu

 

Keila Lopez

Faculty Coordinator
Ahmanson Hall
klopez@otis.edu

 

Carol Shin

Faculty Coordinator
Ahmanson Hall
cshin@otis.edu

 

 

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Academic Program Administration

 

Kathrin Burmester, Interim Chair, Graduate Fine Arts
Meg Cranston, Chair, Fine Arts
Peter Gadol, Chair Graduate Writing
Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Chair, Fashion Design
Linda Hudson, Chair, Foundation
Melissa Lo, Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences
Steve McAdam, Founding Academic Chair, Product Design
Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media
Kali Nikitas, Chair, Communication Arts & Graduate Graphic Design
Linda Pollari, Chair, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Joyce Mesch, Interim Chair, Toy Design
Michele Jaquis, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies & the
Artists Community Teaching (ACT) Program

Rich Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning
Heather Cleary, Interim Director of the Library
Jean-Marie Venturini, Director of the Learning Centers
Andrew Armstrong, Director of Technical Support Services