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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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Faculty Grants

The College maintains a commitment to support faculty members in their pursuit of excellence in professional activities, teaching effectiveness, and college activities. Otis offers three kinds of reimbursement grants discussed below


Faculty Development Grants

Faculty Development

Small reimbursement grants are available to full-time and adjunct faculty to support activities, such as:

  • Professional activities such as research, funding for supplies and material, or participation in conferences and workshops
  • Teaching effectiveness related to student learning styles, dealing with problem students, and educating the whole student
  • College activities such as building departmental teamwork, collegiality, and communications

Faculty Development grants are funded by the College. External Funding Opportunities are also available to the larger Otis community, including grants, fellowships, and residencies for individual artists, designers, scholars, and writers.

Application Instructions:

  1. Fill out the online form. A copy of the information will be sent to your email.
  2. Forward the email to your Chair for approval.
  3. Ask the Chair to forward the email with his/her approval to: Guy Bennett, Faculty Development Committee Co-Chair.

Questions about grants: Contact Guy Bennett, Faculty Development Committee Co-Chair
Technical questions about the form: Contact Heather Cleary, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian


Software Upgrade Grants

Software Upgrade

Grants are available to full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty from the Provost's Office for software upgrades that enhance teaching.

All faculty members who have taught at Otis for a minimum of two years are eligible for software upgrade grants, which will be administered as reimbursements.  Please note that the grants suport software upgrades (or comparable academic version purchases) only and that the Provost's Office reserves the right to approve, deny, and/or cap awards.

Software upgrade grants can help support many faculty needs, including (but not limited to):

  • Maintaining current Microsoft Office programs to assist in presentation and document prepartion, or receiveing and commenting on student papers.
  • Staying current in academic versions of Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, etc.) that serve both in professional activity and teaching.
  • Preparing for classes dependent on exotic or uncommon software programs that change or upgrade frequently and charge high fees for upgrade purchases.
  • Any other software updrades that will allow faculty members to teach a class, view and/or grade student work, or teach to the most current version of a program.

Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1.  Purchases should be completed using Otis' Preferred Software Storefronts (see Academic Computing if software is not available through these sources): 

CDWG/Otis

APPLE/Otis

To make a request, eligible faculty members should complete the Software Upgrade Request form and forward the relevant Department Chair's written approval to provost@otis.edu.


Curricular Innovation Grants (for research into e-Learning)

Curricular Innovation Grants

In response to faculty and College interest in curricular innovation, Curricular Innovation grants are available from the Provost’s Office to support faculty participation in a pilot “e-learning” curricular research initiative.

Interested faculty members may be selected to participate in an online pedagogy seminar in one semester and, if motivated to do so, teach an e-Learning course in a subsequent semester. Selected faculty members may receive Curricular Innovation grants of $500 for participation in the pedagogy seminar and $1,000 for researching, developing, and assessing an e-learning course.

Eligibility

All full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty who have taught for a minimum of 1 year at Otis and have Chair approval are eligible. All faculty are encouraged to apply.

 

Click Here to Apply for a Pedagogy Seminar Bricks + Clicks!

The deadline for SUMMER 2015 participation is:  Friday, May 15, 2015.

Questions: Contact blendedlearning@otis.edu.

Grant Requirements:

Participation in and completion of an online seminar about online pedagogy called "Bricks + Clicks." The total time commitment for this course is approximately 3-5 hours per week including required homework, some of which is about developing online course modules. You will be expected to keep up with all course readings and postings, as well as interact with fellow “students” and reflect upon your experiential learning in an e-portfolio.

Successful completion of Bricks + Clicks is required of all faculty who wish to teach e-Learning courses at Otis. (Completion of Bricks + Clicks does not guarantee that you may teach an e-learning course; Department Chairs determine which and how many e-Learning courses are offered.)

 

 

Click Here To Apply for Researching/Developing/Assessing an e-Learning course!

The deadline for Fall/Summer 2015 proposals is: Friday, February 6, 2015

Questions: Contact blendedlearning@otis.edu.

Grant Requirements:

Your Chair’s approval to offer an e-Learning course for an upcoming semester is required. S/he must send an email to blendedlearning@otis.edu saying that they support your proposal and are willing to consider running an e-Learning course. You will need to develop additional modules as needed for an e-Learning course that you will you share with your department and other faculty who are interested. You will receive the grant payment once the course has been approved, enrollment confirmed and course launched. (All blended and online courses first require completion of Bricks + Clicks.)