Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

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

     

  • 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.

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

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Leadership

Academic leadership
Senior Leadership

Bruce W. Ferguson, President
Randall Lavender, Provost
Susan Pollack, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
William Schaeffer, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Services
Laura Kiralla, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs
Jane Miyashiro, Vice President for Human Resources and Development
Open Position, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

TOWN MEETINGS — how to submit suggested topics of interest

Otis Town Meetings are held 2-3 times per year as a means for all faculty and staff to come together as a community to learn about various topics of interest or new initiatives happening at the College. In an effort to involve more Otis Community members in the Town Meeting planning process, the following web form can be used throughout the year to submit topics of interest as potential agenda items.

TOWN MEETING – topic of interest form

Otis' Senior Leadership will do its best to incorporate as many suggested topics as time will allow.

Academic Leadership

Andrew Armstrong, Director of Technical Support Services
Debra Ballard, Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rose Brantley, Chair Emerita, Fashion Design
Meg Cranston, Chair, Fine Arts
Roy Dowell, Chair, Graduate Fine Arts
Peter Gadol, Chair Graduate Writing
Amy Gantman, Dean of Continuing Education/Pre-College Programs
Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Interim Chair, Fashion Design
Michele Jaquis, Director of ACT & Interdisciplinary Studies
Suzanne Lacy, Chair, Graduate Public Practice
Sue Maberry, Senior Director of Library & Learning Centers
Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design
Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media
Kali Nikitas, Chair, Communication Arts & Graduate Graphic Design
Katie Phillips, Chair, Foundation
Linda Pollari, Chair, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Deborah Ryan, Chair, Toy Design
Rich Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning

Administrative Leadership

Rosa Belerique, Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Carol Branch, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator
Morgan Brown, Director, Residence Life and Housing
Matthew Gallagher, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Rick Gonzalez, Chief Safety & Security Officer, Campus Safety
Darren Grosch, Director, Center for International Education
Felipe Gutierrez, Senior Director of End-User Computing
Donna Lee Oda, Director, Career Services
Mike Luna, Director, Student Activities
Ankush Mahindra, Chief Information Officer, Information Systems
Anna Manzano, Registrar
Kate McNamara, Director, Galleries and Exhibitions
Nick Negrete, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Claude Nica, Chief Facilities and Operations Officer
Kara Otto, Director, Student Learning Center
Monique Ramsey, Director of Student Accounts
Christine Sanchez, Controller, Business Office
Julie Spencer M.D., Director and Physician, Student Health and Wellness Center
Barbara Tecle, Director of Purchasing

 

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