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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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Provost Randall Lavender

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and is responsible for the Division of Student Learning and Success, which encompasses all aspects of academic and student life at Otis. The mission of the division is to promote student learning and success through exceptional educational programs, opportunities, and support.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities are distributed among various leaders, including the Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Student Affairs, the Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, the Assistant Provost for Academic Administration, and the Academic Projects Manager. 

Areas of education delivery and student support include:

The Provost also serves as the academic liaison to the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, and chief administrative liaison to the Academic Assembly and Faculty Senate, the College’s faculty governance bodies.


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

 

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Randall Lavender

Provost
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
provost@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Strategic Planning
  • Academic Planning
  • Continuing Eduction and Pre-College Programs
  • Divisional Budgets and Space
  • Academic Advising and Mentoring
  • Operations and Services

Randall Lavender earned his M.F.A. in Sculpture at Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Ceramics at California State University, Fullerton. He joined the Otis faculty in 1983 following faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Claremont Graduate University, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. A nationally and internationally exhibited artist, his paintings in oil on panel and sculptural tableaux are included in dozens of public and private collections and have been featured or reviewed in numerous books, catalogues, and articles. He served as Associate Chair and Professor in Otis’ Foundation (first-year) program for more than a decade before joining the College's Senior Team and serving as Interim co-Provost, Vice Provost, and in his current position. He has published original research, essays, and articles on art in higher education, educational psychology, contemporary culture, and best college art/design teaching practices in leading art education journals, including Studies in Art Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Foundations in Art Theory (F.A.T.E.) in Review.

Learn more about Provost Lavender at: http://ospace.otis.edu/randalllavender

 

 

Debra Ballard

Debra Ballard

Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
dballard@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Leadership in WASC and NASAD accreditation processes, reporting, and site visits
  • External Program Reviews
  • Assessment of Educational Effectiveness
  • Institutional, Program, & Course Learning Outcomes

Debra Ballard is an educator with extensive curriculum design and leadership experience, published articles, and a record of consultation on education, portfolio use, and assessment in addition to numerous conference presentations at the Western Association of Senior Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning, Art Libraries Society of North America, and Educause. She is the author of “Assessment on Their Own Terms” and a graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy. After teaching for several institutions of higher learning, Ballard joined the Otis faculty in 1993 and became the Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1996; she also served as Interim Co-Provost in 2010-11. Ballard earned her M.A. with distinction in English from California State University, Northridge and a B.A. summa cum laude in English from the University of Maryland.

 

 

 

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Assistant Provost for Academic Administration
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
(310) 665-****

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversight of Administrative Systems 
  • Human Resources Liaison and Point Person for Faculty Affairs:
      Convocation Planning
      Contracts / Collective Bargaining
      Contact Hour Loads
      Faculty Development
      Sabbatical Planning
      Faculty & Staff Searches
  • Academic Research
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Student Appeals Support
  • Operations and Business Office Liaison

 

 

 

 

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Matthew Penkala

Academic Projects Manager
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
mpenkala@otis.edu
(310) 665-6815

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Academic Project Management
  • Academic Research Support
  • Divisional Calendar
  • Assessment, Budgets, & Administrative Systems Support
  • Web and Publications
  • HEOA Compliance

Matthew Penkala is a nationally exhibited artist whose paintings are included in numerous public and private collections, and have been reviewed or featured in various articles, publications, and catalogues. Penkala joined the Otis staff in 2012, following an interim faculty position within the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, Michigan. 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. Penkala earned his M.F.A. in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A. in Photography from Arizona State University. He has worked for various Los Angeles-based design firms providing Art Direction and production for web and print based projects.

 

 

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April Kullis

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Ahmanson Hall, 2nd floor
akullis@otis.edu
(310) 665-6988

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provost Scheduling
  • Academic Meeting Schedule
  • Faculty Contracts
  • Administrative Routing
  • Budget Planning Support

April Kullis joined Otis in 2002, working in both the Foundation and Liberal Arts and Sciences Program offices. She moved to the Provost’s Office as Executive Assistant in its founding year and has supported the Provost since that time. Prior to her employment at Otis she served for 15 years as clerical support at the Sheriff’s Department in Oakland County, Michigan. She recently completed a Certificate in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design (2012) and is a promising Graphic Designer.