Dr. Rosa Otero is the director of the design program at Salem College in Winston–Salem, where she teaches courses in architecture, interiors, and the history of design. Drawing upon the wealth of Salem’s historic setting, Dr. Otero created a Historic Preservation Certificate program. She is the designer and curator of the Salem College SIDE Chair Library, a one-of-a-kind facility that provides access to 20th-century furniture icons. Before working in Salem, she was the program coordinator of interior design at Forsyth Technical Community College and was also the program coordinator of architecture at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Otero worked at the Hillier architectural firm in Princeton and Newark.
Dr. Otero currently serves on the U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina board and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council. She is the American Society of Interior Design Salem College student chapter faculty advisor and is an inductee of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.