University of Southern California

USC Rossier School of Education

USC Rossier School of Education graduate Renee Roberson (Master of Arts in Teaching ’08) speaks with her students at Synergy Charter Academy. The Rossier School created the MAT online program in 2009, offering a top teacher preparation program to students regardless of where they reside. Today, MAT online has more than 1,800 graduates in 47 states and 38 countries.

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, healthcare 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 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

Melora Sundt, Ph.D., Executive Vice Dean

William G. Tierney, 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.

Irving R. and Virginia Archer Melbo Chair in Education: Rudy Castruita, Ed.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.

University Professors: Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., Ph.D.; 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.

Professor of the Practice: Marleen Pugach, Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Education: Reynaldo R. Baca, Ph.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); Margo Pensavalle, Ed.D.; Mark Power Robison, Ph.D.; Darlene Robles, Ph.D.; Sylvia Rousseau, Ed.D.; Julietta Shakhbagova, Ph.D.; Melora Sundt, Ph.D.; Adlai Wertman, MBA (Marshall)

Associate Professors of Clinical Education: Mary Andres, Psy.D.; Ruth Gim Chung, Ph.D.; Ginger Clark, Ph.D.; Robert Filback, Ph.D.; Frederick W. Freking, Ph.D.; Alan G. Green, Ph.D.; Angela Hasan, Ph.D.; Kimberly Hirabayashi, Ph.D.; Charles Lagreco, MFA (Leventhal); Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ph.D.; Julie Slayton, Ph.D.; Kathy Stowe, Ed.D.; Tracy Poon Tambascia, Ed.D.; Patricia Tobey, Ph.D. (Student Affairs); Kristan M. Venegas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Education: Shafiqa Ahmadi, J.D.; Uju Anya, Ph.D.; Paula Carbone, Ph.D.; Lynne Goldfarb, Ph.D.; Walton Green, M.S.; Lynette Merriman, Ed.D. (Student Affairs); John Pascarella, Ph.D.; Claudia Pineda, Ed.D.; Artineh Samkian, Ed.D.; Helena Seli, Ph.D.; Kenneth Yates, Ed.D.

Associate (Teaching) Professor of Clinical Education: Michael Genzuk, Ph.D.

Assistant (Teaching) Professors of Clinical Education: Eric Bernstein, Ph.D., J.D.; Jenifer Crawford, Ph.D.; Monique Datta, Ed.D.; Kimberley Ferrario, Ph.D.; Corinne E. Hyde, Ed.D.; Emmy Min, Ph.D.

Research Professors: Jerome Lucido, Ph.D.; Allen Munro, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor: Zoe Corwin, Ph.D.

Executives in Residence: Michael Escalante, Ed.D.; Maria Ott, 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.

Emeritus Professor of Education: Guilbert C. Hentschke, Ph.D.

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

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.