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Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2010) – Otis College of Art and Design has appointed Dr. Kerry Walk as Provost. She will join the College on May 2, 2011. According to President Samuel Hoi, “Kerry is a higher education thinker, administrator and innovator who brings to Otis an extraordinary richness of teaching, curricular building, and strategic planning expertise. She will contribute mightily to Otis’ forward-looking programs and teaching and learning practices.”
Dr. Walk currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. There, she leads academic program review, educational assessment, accreditation, and other initiatives related to academic affairs. Prior to Pitzer, she served for eight years as Director of Princeton University’s innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program - one of the largest and most educationally integrative academic units at the University. Before her Princeton appointment, she spent eight years as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dual emphasis on Shakespearean drama and Victorian literature. Her scholarship since then has focused primarily on student writing development and best practices in writing pedagogy. An award-winning teacher, she has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.
In accepting her appointment, Dr. Walk said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Sammy Hoi and his leadership team at Otis. My conversations with Otis faculty, staff, and students have given me a deep appreciation of the College’s commitment to educating the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. This is an exciting time at Otis, and I feel very honored to be a part of it.”
President Hoi also announced the appointment of Randall Lavender as Vice Provost. Professor Lavender currently serves as Interim Provost Team Co-Chair at Otis, and will continue in that role through the 2010-2011 academic year. His Vice Provost duties begin on July 1, 2011. He joined the Otis faculty in 1983, and has served as Assistant, then Associate Chair of Foundation for twelve years. An adept and collaborative administrator, he is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist, and has published numerous essays and articles on art and design in higher education in leading academic journals. His superb performance as Interim Provost Team Co-Chair has earned him the admiration and support of the Otis campus community. “Randy is uniquely suited for this critical academic leadership position because of his dedication to and in-depth knowledge of Otis, his research in cognitively-informed art education, and his professional accomplishments in painting and sculpture.”
In accepting his appointment, Professor Lavender said, “I am very pleased to join Dr. Walk in the Provost’s Office next year, and look forward to working in a new capacity within a community that I value highly and with colleagues whom I respect and admire.”
President Hoi concluded, “Kerry and Randy form a dream team for Otis as the College positions its educational services and impact for the 21st century. They provide an excellent combination of insider/outsider perspectives, and are jointly committed to shaping an imaginative generalist/specialist educational approach to best prepare our students for the future.”
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200+ full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.