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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

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Objectives and Membership

Mission | Objectives and Membership | Summaries of Important Decisions and Discussions | Meeting Schedule

 
President’s Cabinet Objectives
  • College performance and excellence in accordance with College mission
  •  Informed decision making based on Strategic Plan goals
  • Alignment of protocols and procedures with academic mission
  • Alignment of campus culture & resources to support a productive  & sustainable community
  • Improved workplace effectiveness for Otis community
  • Think tank and shared ideas generation
  • Transparent College administration
  • Diversity in perspective
  • Shared leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Effective and efficient operation of the Cabinet
Relation to the Senior Team

The President’s Cabinet is a College governance body and is entrusted to consider matters and makes decisions that impact the College community. The Senior Team is the executive body of the President’s Cabinet. The Senior Team reserves the authority over budget planning, board affairs, compensation, tuition, legal, and other key and sensitive decision areas that need executive attention.

Special 2011-2012 Goal

The Senior Team will work with the President’s Cabinet to make the latter more of a decision-making body for the College.

Meeting Format

Two-hour meetings every other week, alternating with the Senior Team Meetings.

Meeting Content 

Action items

  • College planning matters
  • College decision making matters

Discussion topics

  • Critical college matters prior to action/decision stage
  • Strategic topic discussion that is 1) led or co-led by President’s Cabinet member(s), or 2) led/presented by guests invited by the President’s Cabinet
  • 08-09 examples: Work reality of the Otis faculty; Otis Westchester citizenship; student health and wellness; entrepreneurship training for artists and designers; “Who We Are” case for Otis (Part I)
  • 09-10 examples: Graduate & undergraduate study; professional development for faculty, Otis graduation rates and how to improve them; technology & web
  • 10-11 topics: Big trends for AICAD schools and Otis; Higher education customer services, based on the book “Embracing the Oxymoron: Customer Service in Higher Education; Models of bridging the acculturation/language gaps; Civic & social responsibility in higher education across the Otis landscape

Information sharing of matters with college-wide or multi-unit impact

Composition
  • Ongoing membership of 15 for optimal performance
  • Senior Team members (7): President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and Vice Provost
  • Chief Information Officer (1)
  • Appointments by the President (9)
    • Direct Reports with demonstrated College leadership ability and with key constituency perspective; ongoing terms until notification of completed services
    • Two faculty representatives (Head of Faculty Senate is automatically a member of the President’s Cabinet; three nominations each year by the Faculty Senate to President and Provost for the choice of an additional President’s Cabinet member); staggered two-year terms
    • Two academic chairs or directors (one recommendation each year by the Provost to the President); staggered two-year terms
  •  May expand group for discussion of topics that would benefit from input from more leaders
Membership Responsibilities
  •  Attendance & active participation
  •  Broad consideration of community interests beyond selves and units
  • Ownership of joint decisions
  • Confidentiality & sensitivity
  • Collegial interaction
2011-12 Membership of 15 (September 2011 through August 2012)
  • Jacci den Hartog, Professor in Foundation; Program Director of Sculpture/New Genres, Fine Arts
  • Samuel Hoi, President; Chair of Sr. Cabinet
  • Laura Kiralla, Dean of Students
  •  Randy Lavender, Vice Provost
  •  Meg Linton, Director of Ben Maltz Gallery
  • Dana Lopez, VP of Human Resources & Development
  • Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design
  • Marc Meredith, VP for Enrollment Management
  • Sarah Russin, Assistant VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Bill Schaeffer, VP of Administrative & Financial Services
  • Ed Schoenberg, Special Assistant to the President in Student Success
  •  Kerri Steinberg, Assoc. Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences; Head of Faculty Senate
  • Carrie Stewart, VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Kerry Walk, Provost
  • Bob Walters, Chief Information Officer
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