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  • Mining fields like education, cinema, psychology, literature and art history Anna Craycroft examines cultural models for fostering individuality. Through drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, books, workshops, or curatorial projects she works thematically on a single thesis over a series of exhibitions.

  • In his lecture, Laurence Rickels reenters the exchange between Walter Benjamin and Alexander Mette, which led to Mette’s review of Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels in Imago and brought Benjamin to consider the clinical picture of schizophrenia, the topic of Mette’s dissertation-book, which he in turn reviewed.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Emily Thorpe's art work addresses the twisting formation of memory through spatial relations and moments of domesticity. She will be presenting a solo exhibition for her Graduate Thesis at The Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, on view February 20 to February 25, 2017. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, February 25, 6-9pm.

  • Solmaz Sharif

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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Brendan Folwer was born 1978, Berkeley, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions include New Portraits (2017), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Portraits (2016), Mathew, New York and New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches (2015), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

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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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