• Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • Rejuvenating Yoga

    Apr 04| Student Event

    All students and Otis College community welcomed and encouraged to participate. Visiting artist Catherine Tingey facilitates the Yoga class!

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


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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