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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • 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.



Hudson Teaching

Sabbatical Leave

Otis College of Art and Design understands and supports the restorative and creative value of faculty sabbaticals. The purpose of sabbatical leave is to enable full-time faculty members to pursue scholarly and/or professional creative development with a degree of concentration and freedom not normally possible while teaching a full-time schedule. A sabbatical leave is an investment by the College in a faculty member's capacity to contribute to the objectives of the College, i.e. professional standing, achievement of excellence in instruction, and/or service. Therefore, sabbatical leave applications are approved only when there is adequate reason to believe they will achieve this purpose. A sabbatical leave is not automatically earned by length of employment. Sabbatical outcomes will be shared with the college community as described in the approved leave application. Otis College of Art and Design is committed to awarding an appropriate number of sabbaticals each year.

Eligibility Requirements

Full-time faculty, Chairs and Assistant Chairs are eligible to apply after a minimum of seven years, or a cumulative total of fourteen semesters, of full-time service to Otis College of Art and Design. Thereafter, faculty will be eligible after six years of full-time service following their last sabbatical leave. No more than one sabbatical will be awarded to an individual during a seven-year period. Persons granted sabbaticals may not teach, part-time or full-time, during their leave, unless specifically included and described in their application and approved by the Provost. Other faculty development leaves, or any other conditions of non-sequential full-time service to the institution such as release time, will be factored into an applicant‘s eligibility status and considered by the Faculty Development Committee in determining priority and institutional impact. See the Faculty Handbook for further information and eligibility requirements.

Application Process

Faculty Sabbatical Application Form  Application Deadline: March 1, 2016.

All users: To avoid problems with the application form above, please follow these instructions.

  1. Download and complete the form:
    • Right click over the link and choose "Save Link As... " or "Save Target As..", depending on your browser. Note: if you simply click on the link it will open the form in a browser window, which prohibits filling it out or saving.
    • After downloading to your computer, open fhe form with Adobe Acrobat, complete it and save.
  2. Print a copy and, in a timely manner, submit to your Chair for approval (please allow min. 2 weeks).
  3. Submit the signed hardcopy to the Provost's Office.

Mac users: Be sure you open the form with Acrobat, by default your computer will want to open the form in Preview, which will not work properly. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form. 

Example Applications: Sabbatical Applications vary, just as faculty activities do. For your reference, view two successful sabbatical applicatons:  Example 1,  Example 2.

The Sabbatical Report

Upon the completion of Sabbatical Leave, faculty are required to disseminate the outcomes of their leave activities to the broader Otis academic community, and post a report here. View 3 sample 2010-11 Sabbatical Reports:

Heather Joseph-Witham
Christian Mounger
Linda Pollari