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USC Rossier School of Education

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A partnership between the USC Rossier School of Education and several public schools near the University Park campus area, the USC Family of Schools provides educational, cultural and developmental opportunities for more than 8,000 kindergarten to 12th grade youths. Many Rossier students volunteer in the program by tutoring in math and reading, science education, health and family welfare.

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 school is among the nation's oldest and largest institutions of professional education. Classes in education at USC were started during the 1890s, with a Department of Education founded in 1909 and the School of Education established in 1918. In 1998, two alumni, Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier, committed $20 million to the school. In recognition of their gift, the school was renamed in their honor.

To fulfill its urban education mission, the school concentrates on four themes.

Learning represents the school's core technical skill and involves basic principles of how individuals learn and how what they learn is incorporated into their daily lives.

Diversity is the context within which educators operate, particularly in urban areas.

Accountability helps answer the questions of what should be learned and how well students learn. The school addresses indicators of success such as systems coherence and support, evidence-based best practices, processes of continual improvement and organizational learning.

Leadership enhances the skills and knowledge of people in an organization, creating a common culture of expectations, fostering productive relationships within the organization and holding individuals accountable.

To further its mission, the school has established partnerships with other schools; leadership institutes; symposia featuring national leaders in education; and regional educational centers where the school, local school districts and other post-secondary institutions work to improve student performance and offer on-site graduate and professional educational programs.

The school is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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


Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D., Dean

Rodney K. Goodyear, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Melora Sundt, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs,

Blair Sillers, Chief of Staff

Kevin T. Colaner, Ed.D., Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management and Student Services


University Professor: Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., Ph.D.

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

Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration: Guilbert C. Hentschke, Ph.D.

Irving R. Melbo Chair in Education: Rudy Castruita, Ed.D.

Diane and MacDonald Becket Professor of Educational Policy: Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D.

Stephen Crocker Professor of Education: Myron H. Dembo, Ph.D.

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

Professors: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D. (Social Work); Estela Mara Bensimon, Ed.D.; Dominic Brewer, Ph.D.; Richard E. Clark, Ed.D.; Michael Diamond, Ph.D. (Business, Social Work); Rodney K. Goodyear, Ph.D.; Etta R. Hollins, Ph.D.; Bob Knight, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David D. Marsh, Ph.D.; Michael D. Newcomb, Ph.D.; Harold F. O'Neil, Jr., Ph.D.; Lawrence O. Picus, Ph.D.; Robert Rueda, Ph.D.; Nelly Stromquist, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Darnell Cole, Ph.D.; Amanda Datnow, Ph.D.; Robert G. Keim, Ed.D. (Dentistry); Adrianna Kezar, Ph.D.; William E. Maxwell, Ph.D.; Ricardo Stanton-Salazar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Richard Brown, Ph.D.; Alicia Dowd, Ph.D.; Tatiana Melguizo, Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Education: Rudy M. Castruita, Ed.D.; Charles A. Espalin, Ed.D.; Maurice Hitchcock, Ed.D. (Medical Education); Dennis Hocevar, Ph.D., Michael Jackson, Ed.D.; Sylvia Rousseau, Ed.D.

Associate Professors of Clinical Education: Ruth Gim Chung, Ph.D.; Michael Genzuk, Ph.D.; Alexander Jun, Ph.D.; Sandra N. Kaplan, Ed.D.; Margo Pensavalle, Ed.D.; Julietta Shakhbagova, Ph.D.; Kim D. West, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Education: Ruth Ahn, Ed.D.; Mary Andres, Psy.D.; Ginger Clark, Ph.D.; Andrea Mariel Clemons, Ph.D.; Walton Green, M.S.; Keith E. Howard, Ph.D.; Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ph.D.; Gisele Ragusa, Ph.D.; Kathy Stowe, Ed.D.; Chad Topaz, Ph.D.; Kristan M. Venegas, Ph.D.

Research Professors: Reynaldo R. Baca, Ph.D.; Allen Munro, Ph.D.; Melora Sundt, Ph.D.; Douglas M. Towne, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professors: Elsa Macias, Ph.D.; Mark Power Robison, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Robert L. Baker, Ph.D.; Charles M. Brown, Ed.D.; Earl Carnes, Ph.D.; Fraida Dubin, Ph.D.; Mabel E. Hayes, Ph.D.; Edward J. Kazlauskas, Ph.D.; Joyce King-Stoops, Ed.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.; Leonard L. Murdy, 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.; Emery Stoops, Ed.D.; Kathleen Wulf, Ph.D.

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

Distinguished Emeriti Award: Emery Stoops, Ed.D.

Degree Programs

The Rossier School of Education offers the following degree programs: minor in the teaching profession; minor in education in a pluralistic society; Bachelor of Science in General Studies; Master of Arts, Teaching; Master of Education; Master of Education, School Counseling; Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Master of Education, Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs; Master of Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Master of Marriage and Family Therapy; Doctor of Education (Ed.D.); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education; and Doctor of Education/Master of Business Administration (Ed.D./M.B.A.).

The Rossier School of Education also offers the Ed.D. at the Hawaii, Orange County and Sacramento centers.

Career Placement

The Office of Career Placement has, as its name implies, two principal functions: career counseling and assisting students and alumni in securing professional employment. The office has an excellent record of assistance to teachers, administrators and other educational specialists seeking positions in schools and universities and other education-related organizations.

The placement record for USC graduates in education has been exceptional. Although the office has placed graduates in other states, and to some extent in foreign countries, the office primarily places graduates within California. Because the placement of graduates is a matter of high priority within the Rossier School of Education, graduates hold a high percentage of leadership positions in Southern California.

The services of the office are available to all students and graduates of the school, both for assistance in locating professional employment and for advisement about career advancement opportunities. The director and staff assist graduates in obtaining educational administration positions as well as teaching, counseling and other specializations. The office also assists graduates interested in community college and four-year college teaching and administration positions.

Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Career Placement, Waite Phillips Hall 804, (213) 740-7072.