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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Academic Assembly

The Academic Assembly is an important part of the overall system of campus governance. The Assembly, together with the Faculty Senate, form a faculty governance structure in which faculty engage in discussion and consultation, and participate in the operation of the college for the purpose of providing the highest quality education available. The Academic Assembly does its work through a number of standing committees, which bring recommendations on policy and procedures to the Assembly as a whole for consideration and review. The Assembly is a key advisory body which makes recommendations to the Provost for review by the Senior Team.

Academic Assembly Community Meeting agendas and minutes are kept within the O-Space LMS. The list of Committee Assignments and notes from meeting are located there as well. All faculty have access, but login is required. Please send any agenda items to the Co-Chairs one week in advance.

Academic Assembly and other Committee and Academic Meetings are available at Academic Meeting Calendar.

2015-2016 Assembly Co-Chairs:

  • Meg Cranston, Fine Arts
  • Kerri Steinberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Committees of the Academic Assembly

  • Curriculum
  • Personnel
  • Rank & Promotion
  • Faculty Development
  • Academic Standing
  • Assessment
  • Technology
  • Safety
  • Student Life

The Academic Assembly also elects representatives for the following

Procedures and protocols

The Academic Assembly and its makeup, procedures, and protocols are described in the Faculty Handbook.