University of Southern California

USC Rossier School of Education

USC Rossier School of Education graduates Grant Burlew ’10 and Tensie Taylor ’14 both received degrees in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA). The M.E. PASA program prepares students for professional roles in higher education administration and student affairs. Graduates work in various sectors of postsecondary education, including academic advising, athletic administration, student recruitment and residential life. Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos.

The USC Rossier School of Education is one of the world’s premier centers for the study of urban education. The school is committed to preparing teachers, researchers, counselors, administrators and curricular specialists for leadership positions. The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. Urban areas often face challenges associated with equity and access, poverty, density, mobility and immigration, environmental degradation and strained social conditions around housing, health care and crime. Urban education takes place in many contexts including pre-kindergarten through high school, human services, higher education and workplace settings.

We seek to transform urban education by:

  • Leading the search for innovative, efficacious and just solutions by engaging in collaborative translational research.
  • Preparing and developing educational leaders who are change agents committed to urban education and who possess the competencies needed to address complex educational and social issues.
  • Creating mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure our work is field-based and incorporates a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Our vision is a world where every student, regardless of personal circumstance, is able to learn and succeed. We believe that USC Rossier, as a top-tier research institution, has the responsibility and the ability to train the education leaders and to develop the innovative practices inclusive of equity and access that will help realize this vision.

The Rossier School of Education is committed to our four academic themes of leadership, diversity, learning and accountability that guide all academic, research and service efforts within our school.

USC Rossier School of Education
Waite Phillips Hall 1100
(213) 740-8313


Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D., Dean

Jerome Lucido, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Strategic Enrollment Services

Robert Rueda, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Kathy Stowe, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Kenneth Yates, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Program and Professional Improvement

Blair Sillers, Chief of Staff


Emery Stoops and Joyce King-Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education: Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D.

Stephen Crocker Professor of Education: Robert Rueda, Ph.D.

Leslie Wilbur and Norma Lash Wilbur-Evelyn Keiffer Professor of Higher Education: William G. Tierney, Ph.D.

Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation: Alan Arkatov

University Professor: William G. Tierney, Ph.D.

Professors: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D. (Social Work); Estela Mara Bensimon, Ed.D.; Henry Jenkins, Ph.D. (Annenberg); Adrianna Kezar, Ph.D; Franklin Manis, Ph.D. (Dornsife); Harold F. O’Neil Jr., Ph.D.; Daphna Oyserman, Ph.D. (Dornsife); Gary Painter, Ph.D. (Price); Lawrence O. Picus, Ph.D.; Robert Rueda, Ph.D.; Gale Sinatra, Ph.D.; John B. Slaughter, Ph.D. (Engineering)

Associate Professors: Patricia Burch, Ph.D.; Darnell Cole, Ph.D.; Alicia Dowd, Ph.D.; Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ph.D.; Robert G. Keim, Ed.D. (Dentistry); Julie Ann Marsh, Ph.D.; Tatiana Melguizo, Ph.D.; David Schwartz, Ph.D. (Dornsife); Katharine O. Strunk, Ph.D.; Brendesha Tynes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Morgan Polikoff, Ph.D.; Jamy Stillman, Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Education: Reynaldo R. Baca, Ph.D.; Rudy Castruita, Ed.D.; Ginger Clark, Ph.D.; Michael Escalante, Ed.D.; Raymond John Gallagher, Ph.D.; Pedro Garcia, Ed.D.; Dennis Hocevar, Ph.D.; Sandra N. Kaplan, Ed.D.; Anthony B. Maddox, Ph.D.; Azad Madni, Ph.D. (Viterbi); Susan Metros, MFA (Technology Enhanced Learning); Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ed.D.; Maria Ott, Ed.D.; Margo Pensavalle, Ed.D.; Mark Power Robison, Ph.D.; Darlene Robles, Ph.D.; Sylvia Rousseau, Ed.D.; Julietta Shakhbagova, Ph.D.; Julie Slayton, J.D., Ph.D.; Kathy Stowe, Ed.D.; Melora Sundt, Ph.D.; Kristan Venegas, Ph.D.; Adlai Wertman, MBA (Marshall); Kenneth Yates, Ed.D.

Associate Professors of Clinical Education: Shafiqa Ahmadi, J.D.; Mary Andres, Psy.D.; Ruth Gim Chung, Ph.D.; Jenifer Crawford, Ph.D.; Robert Filback, Ph.D.; Frederick W. Freking, Ph.D.; Alan G. Green, Ph.D.; Angela Hasan, Ph.D.; Kimberly Hirabayashi, Ph.D.; John Pascarella, Ph.D.; Helena Seli, Ph.D.; Tracy Poon Tambascia, Ed.D.; Patricia Tobey, Ph.D. (Student Affairs)

Assistant Professors of Clinical Education: Uju Anya, Ph.D.; Paula Carbone, Ph.D.; Lynne Goldfarb, Ph.D.; Briana Hinga, Ph.D.; Jaimie Hoffman, Ed.D.; Lynnette Merriman, Ed.D. (Student Affairs); Emmy Min, Ph.D.; Artineh Samkian, Ed.D.

Associate (Teaching) Professors of Clinical Education: Michael Genzuk, Ph.D.; Kimberly Ferrario, Ph.D.; Corinne Hyde, Ed.D.

Assistant (Teaching) Professor of Clinical Education: Monique Datta, Ed.D.

Associate Research Professor: Zoe Corwin, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer: Kate O’Connor

Senior Fellow: Douglas Lynch, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Earl Carnes, Ph.D.; Richard Clark, Ed.D.; Myron H. Dembo, Ph.D.; Mike Diamond, Ph.D. (Marshall); Robert Ferris, Ed.D.; Mabel E. Hayes, Ph.D.; Edward J. Kazlauskas, Ph.D.; Frederick Knirk, Ed.D.; Steven Krashen, Ph.D.; Johanna K. Lemlech, Ed.D.; James Magary, Ph.D.; Merle Marks, Ed.D.; William G. Millington, Ed.D.; William F. O’Neill, Ph.D.; Donald E. Polkinghorne, Ph.D.; William M. Rideout, Jr., Ph.D.; Audrey J. Schwartz, Ed.D.; Robert A. Smith, Ph.D.; Eddie Williams, Ed.D.; Kathleen Wulf, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Education: Stuart E. Gothold, Ed.D.

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology: Rodney K. Goodyear, Ph.D.

Stoops Dean and Cooper Chair Emeritus: Guilbert C. Hentschke, Ph.D.

Emeritus Associate Professor of Clinical Education: William Maxwell, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus of Education: Allen Munro, Ph.D.

Minor and Degree Programs

The Rossier School of Education offers the following degree programs: Master of Arts, Teaching; Master of Arts, Teaching: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Master of Education, Teacher Leadership; Master of Education, Educational Counseling; Master of Education, Learning Design and Technology; Master of Education, Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs; Master of Education, School Counseling; Master of Education, School Leadership; Master of Marriage and Family Therapy; Doctor of Education/Master of Business Administration (Ed.D./MBA); Doctor of Education (Ed.D.); Organizational Change and Leadership (Ed.D.); Global Executive (Ed.D.); and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban Education Policy.
The Rossier School of Education also offers minors in the Dynamics of Early Childhood, Education and Society, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).