A college-wide event featuring a keynote presentation and discussion groups/workshops related to the education of artists and designers. Past keynote speakers include renowned experts in the fields of creativity, innovation, art, design, and education. Visit the Convocation website.
Presentations at monthly meetings are regular occurrences. Topics relate to such concerns as instructional technologies, best practices, and reports on faculty projects, grants, and academic travel. Presentations are generally 10-20 minutes long.
Department Chairs often lead pedagogical discussions during faculty meetings, especially during the week preceding the start of the school year. Assessment has been a frequent topic over recent years, as Otis prepared for accreditation visits.
FleX fosters integrated learning, community building, and faculty professional development by enabling faculty members to take Otis courses offered by other departments. This opportunity to learn from colleagues and explore new curricula provides enriching experience that supports faculty interests in interdisciplinary professional and/or teaching activities.
Participation in FleX expands the knowledge, skills, and information available to faculty and provides a means to enrich professional and teaching resources. Further, FleX fosters curricular connections between disciplines within the college and strengthens the educational community.
FleX activities are subject to Department Chair and Teaching Faculty approval (i.e. thoseproviding the FleX course). FleX course participation includes all in-class work, but FleX faculty are exempt from homework and testing.
Departments can plan conference travel that enables faculty to participate in professional/academic conferences. Faculty who present or otherwise participate are expected to share what is learned at the conference with their Department or the larger academic community.