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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Grant FAQS

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Which faculty members are eligible to apply?

Full-time and Adjunct faculty members who have taught at Otis for two or more consecutive years are eligible to apply for Faculty Development Grants to support professional activities as part of their pathway toward advancement in Rank. Part-time faculty members are not eligible; part-time faculty, by definition, are engaged professionally beyond Otis, are not subject to the rigors of the Performance Assessment and Step (PAS) process nor Otis' demanding Rank and Promotion (advancement) criteria, and have no Service to the College obligations. The College strives to support those individuals (full-time and adjunct faculty members) who face the rigors menioned above as part of their engagement with the College, and at the same time manage their external professional activities.

How much money can I get, and how often can I apply?

Grants are awarded up to $2,500. Applicants may apply for one award each year, not to exceed $2,500 per person within a two-year period.

What are the due dates?

Grant applications are due on or before the first Monday of November and the first Mondy of March each academic year. Click here for the online Application Form with instructions for submission. 

What criteria are used to evaulate my application?

The purpose of the Faculty Development Grants is to guide grantees toward promotion in rank. Therefore, in planning grant applications, faculty members should focus on the three criteria for promotion and advancement in rank: teaching effectiveness, professional achievement, and contributions to the college/community as outlined in your your faculty handbook. Applications that include proposed wider dissemination to the Otis Community (e.g. presentation at department meeting, Academic Assembly addition to the curriculum, etc.) will be prioritized. Grants are awarded based on their value as they relate to the three criteria as well as the project's:

  • overall quality, which contributes to professional development or to pedagogical growth
  • feasibility, or the extent of its potential dissemination and impact on the arts community and beyond
  • clarity and specificity; how the project will contribute to the grantee’s career and/or to the Otis community. 

How are the grants paid?

Grant recipients recieve a letter outlining the grant award, and the process by which grants are paid. Since all amounts paid by the College to any individual are taxable, and therefore subject to tax withholdings, Otis preserves maximum grant award amounts for recipients by reimbursing all expenses incurred as part of the grant-funded activity. All grant expense reimbursements are processed upon reciept of the Grantee Report by the Faculty Development Committee Co-Chairs. Please refer to your grant award letter and confer with the Faculty Development Committee Co-Chairs for guidance on how to process your reciepts for reimbursment. Grantee Reports should be ready for publication to the Otis Faculty Development website. 

What kinds of activities do the grants support?

You may apply for grant supported travel to a site, research, funding for supplies and materials, hotel costs, meals, services used in the execution of the activity, ground transportation, registration fees, project documentation fees, copying costs, software needs as they relate directly to the project, equipment, participation in professional conferences and workshops, participation in conferences and workshops that support teaching effectiveness related to student learning styles, dealing with classroom issues, developing college activities that support building departmental teamwork, collegiality, and communications, and more. 

What have have other faculty members done with their grants?

See the Full List of Grantees and Reports on their Projects, 2004 - present

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