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USC Rossier School of Education

In December 2007, the USC Rossier School of Education was selected to participate in a five-year, multimillion-dollar initiative to transform a 70-block area of Los Angeles centered around Crenshaw High School. The project, named Neighborhoods@Work, was created by the Los Angeles Urban League with the support of government, corporate and community partners to improve K-12 education, health care, housing and public safety. The Rossier School will provide an annual report on initiative progress plus a final analysis after the program's fifth year.

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 School of Education is to improve urban education locally, nationally and globally. Educators in urban areas face a unique set of challenges, including poverty, density, mobility and immigration; strained social conditions around housing, healthcare and crime; and cultural and linguistic diversity. 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:

  • Preparing and developing educational leaders who are change agents with a commitment to improving urban education and competencies to address the complex educational and social issues facing urban communities.
  • Leading the search for innovative, efficacious and just solutions to the challenges in urban education by engaging in research on educational practices and policy.
  • Creating mutually beneficial partnerships to rethink curriculum, improve educational environments and develop sound policy.
Our vision is to be a premier and distinctive School of Education, defined by innovative educational programs and scholarship that directly impact policy and practice in urban education.

The School of Education is committed to four academic themes that guide all academic, research and service efforts within our school and service as a guide for meeting the school's mission. These themes are leadership, diversity, learning and accountability.

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


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.

Clifford H. and Betty C. Allen Professor of Urban Leadership: Dominic Brewer, Ph.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.

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

Professors: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D. (Social Work); Estela Mara Bensimon, Ed.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: Mary Andres, Psy.D.; Ginger Clark, Ph.D.; Andrea Mariel Clemons, Ph.D.; Walton Green, M.S.; 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 education in a pluralistic society; 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/<0x200B>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 Center

Director: David Pahl

The purpose of the Career Center is to provide USC Rossier School of Education students and alumni the information, support and tools necessary for career planning and professional development.

Services provided by the Career Center are specifically designed for the students and alumni of the School of Education. Career related services include workshops, individual career counseling, job search planning and execution, "placement" file maintenance and transmittal, on campus interviewing, internship and practicum informational assistance, resume, CV and cover letter writing.

To learn more about services and pro-grams, contact the Career Center at Waite Phillips Hall 804, (213) 740-7072, or email