• In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.


Roles and Responsibilities


The Provost is responsible for the Division of Student Learning and Success, which encompasses all aspects of academic and student life at Otis. These responsibilities are distributed among the following leaders:






Randall Lavender



Associate Provost
for Assessment
and Accreditation


Debra Ballard


Associate Provost for Academic Administration


Kim Russo


Academic Projects



Matthew Penkala


Areas of Responsibility

Chief Academic Officer
Academic Planning
Divisional Budgets and Space
Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs
Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs


Chief Accreditation Officer

Leadership in WASC and NASAD accreditation reporting & site visits

External Program Reviews

Assessment of Educational Effectiveness

Institutional, Program & Course Learning Outcomes

Criteria for Review (CFRs)


Administrative Systems Oversight

Department Administration Liaison 

Human Resources Liaison and Point Person for Faculty Affairs:



   Collective Bargaining

   Contact Hour Loads

   Faculty Development 


   Faculty & Staff Searches Academic Research

Policies and Procedures

Student Conduct & Appeals 



Academic Project 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

Assignments and Activities

Faculty Issues and Concerns 

Collaboration with the President on Strategic Planning

Academic Advising & Mentoring

Blended and Online Learning

Academic Planning

New Program Development

e-Learning Development



Oversight of Assessment Activities, Cycles, and Related Processes

Report Writing and Submissions Preparation

Site Visit Planning and Oversight


Operations Management

Academic Searches

Campus Events

Assessment Support

Point Person for:

   College Systems

   Annual Exhibition

   Galleries and Exhibitions

   Shops & Labs

   Academic Computing



Annual Awards Cycles
Annual Exhibition Support
Presentation Development
Program Review Coordination
Presidential Scholars Events

and Interfaces

Education Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees

Board of Governors

Senior Team

Budget Planning Committee

Academic Assembly

Chairs Council

Core Council

Faculty Senate



Assessment Committee

Core Council

Academic Assembly

Curriculum Committee

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Core Programs

Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic Standing


Student Learning and Success Team
Educational Planning Committee
Human Resources
Academic Assembly
Faculty Development Committee
Personnel Committee
Chairs Council
Core Council
Student Conduct


Business Office
Information Systems

Direct Reports


Associate Provost for Assessment & Accreditation

Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Department Chairs:


   Communication Arts

   Digital Media

   Fashion Design

   Fine Arts


   Liberal Arts & Sciences

   Product Design

   Toy Design

   Graduate Graphic Design

   Graduate Fine Arts

   Graduate Public Practice

   Graduate Writing



Liberal Arts and Sciences


Academic Directors/Sr. Director:

   Creative Action:Integrated

   Library & Learning Centers

   Interdisciplinary Studies

   Technical Support Services

Academic Advising Coordinator

Academic Projects Manager

Executive Assistant





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