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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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Convocation 2012

2012 Convocation theme: "The Learning Paradigm." 

President Hoi starts the program by offering Otis updates and a few words about the day, prior to the introduction of our keynote speaker.

Provost - John Tagg
 

Keynote speaker John Tagg discusses his groundbreaking book, The Learning Paradigm College, that defines a paradigm shift happening in higher education today. This shift places more importance on learning outcomes and less on the quantity of instruction, and emphasizes results more than formal processes. As Tagg explains, the Instruction Paradigm that has dominated higher education for so long attends to courses, while the Learning Paradigm attends to students. For further reading, download John's list of references.

 

Debra Ballard

Next Otis’ own Chair of Liberal Studies, Debra Ballard, shares thoughts, discoveries, and reflections from her own teaching and program administrative experiences, her extensive reading in the areas of pedagogy and best teaching practices, and her formal training in assessment for higher education.

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The program concludes with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members:  Mark Wyse, Meg Cranston, and Gary Geraths. View Distinguished Educator Award recipient Gary Geraths' award acceptance remarks...

 

Download the event agenda.