• In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.


Students in the Classroom

Banner of students in classroom


Here we have collected resources to assist faculty specifically in areas involving student concerns and/or needs:

  • Classroom Management
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Financial Literacy
  • Social Media + FERPA
  • Student Counseling Services
  • Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)
  • Student Disabilities Services

More information on these topics is available in the "Guide To An Effective Otis College Classroom" ePortfolio.

Classroom Management

(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

The classroom environment continues to change as our students change. There is an increasing faculty need for resources and support in understanding how to identify and triage at-risk student behavior in the classroom. The following resources will support your learning about how to manage crisis in the classroom.

In an emergency contact 911 and Otis Campus Security at 310-665-6965 (24 hrs a day).

Financial Literacy

(Resources provided by: The Office of Financial Aid)

The following articles and resources will assist you in learning about and integrating financial literacy components into the classroom.  All Otis student have access to the SALT program and it is recommend, where applicable, to integrate SALT modules and videos into your curriculum.

SALT Curriculum (PDF)


(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

Video: 'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know

By Julia Schmalz 
Transgender and gender-nonbinary students share what keeps them from feeling safe and thriving on campus.

Social Media + FERPA

(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. Simply stated, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records. These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.” (Faculty Focus)  
FERPA does not prevent faculty from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. Faculty who want to incorporate social media into their classrooms should be mindful of the following (adapted from Faculty Focus): 
  • When students are assigned to post information to public social media platforms outside of the College’s LMS, they should be informed that their material may be viewed by others. 
  • Students should not be required to release personal information on a public site. 
  • Faculty comments or grades on student material should not be made public. 
  • While not clearly required by law, students under the age of 18 should get their parent’s consent to post public work.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services are available to support Otis students. Services are free and confidential.

Please make an appointment through the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC), Ahmanson Hall, room 107.

COUNSELING OFFICE: Ahmanson Hall, room B05B (Lower Level) 

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm (closed for lunch,12pm-1pm) 


  • Individual counseling
  • Couples / conjoint counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Consultation
  • Referrals to external mental health providers for longer-term therapy
  • Substance Abuse screening and counseling 
  • Psychological testing as part of the initial evaluation process, and to track progress during treatment
  • Outreach programming / education events to promote wellness in the Otis community

Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)

SHWC provides services for all currently enrolled students, even if they do not have the Otis College student health insurance. 

LOCATION: Ahmanson Hall, room 107

HOURS: Monday -Friday, 9am-4pm (closed for lunch, 1pm-2pm)


  • Treatment for acute illnesses and injuries
  • General preventive care, i.e. physical exams, gynecological care.
  • Travel physicals and immunizations
  • STI Screening (Sexually Transmitted Illnesses)
  • Reproductive health concerns 
  • Vaccinations and allergy shots
  • Laboratory services
  • Referrals to specialty providers or higher level of care, as needed

Student Disabilities Services

All students seeking disability accommodations in the classroom need to contact Dr. Carol Branch at 310-846-2554 or e-mail


- featuring eight CSU Fullerton students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. They tell their stories by answering five questions:
  1. What is your disability?
  2. What made you decide to come to college?
  3. What is it like in the classroom?
  4. What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  5. What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?


It is amazing to realize what we can do as faculty to support student learning.




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