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USC Rossier School of Education

The USC Rossier School of Education, one of the world's leading centers for urban education, has a longstanding partnership with the "USC Family of Schools" located near the University Park campus. Many Rossier students volunteer in the program, providing tutoring in math, reading, science and health.

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 strengthen 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 serve 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


Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D., Dean

Dominic Brewer, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Affairs

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

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.

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.; Dominic Brewer, Ph.D.; Richard E. Clark, Ed.D.; Michael Diamond, Ph.D. (Business, Social Work); Guilbert C. Hentschke, Ph.D.; Etta R. Hollins, Ph.D.; Bob Knight, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David D. Marsh, Ph.D.; Harold F. O'Neil, Jr., Ph.D.; Lawrence O. Picus, Ph.D.; Robert Rueda, Ph.D.; Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Darnell Cole, 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 S. Brown, Ph.D.; Alicia Dowd, Ph.D.; Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ph.D.; Tatiana Melguizo, Ph.D.; Michelle Riconscente, Ph.D.; Jamy Stillman, Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Education: Rudy M. Castruita, Ed.D.; Rudy Crew, Ed.D.; Dennis Hocevar, Ph.D., Michael Jackson, Ed.D.; Sandra N. Kaplan, Ed.D.; Sylvia Rousseau, Ed.D.

Associate Professors of Clinical Education: Mary Andres, Psy.D.; David Balok, Ed.D.; Ruth Gim Chung, Ph.D.; Ginger Clark, Ph.D.; Michael Genzuk, Ph.D.; Margo Pensavalle, Ed.D.; Margaret Reed, Ph.D.; Gary Scott, Ed.D.; Julietta Shakhbagova, Ph.D.; Tracy Poon Tambascia, Ed.D.; Kristan M. Venegas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Education: Robert Filback, Ph.D.; Walton Green, M.S.; Kimberly Hirabayashi, Ph.D.; Jing Li, Ed.D.; Courtney Malloy, Ph.D.; Brandon Martin, Ed.D.; Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ph.D.; Helena Seli, Ph.D.; Kathy Stowe, Ed.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.; Gisele Ragusa, Ph.D.; Mark Power Robison, Ph.D.; Kenneth Yates, Ed.D.

Lecturers: Priscilla Caraveo, M.A.; Nathan Crandall, B.A.; Rachel Hayward, M.A.; Pamela Yamamoto Ireland, M.A.; Sonja Lovelace, M.A.; Stephen MacIsaac, M.A.; Kathleen O'Connor, M.A.; Heather Robertson, Ed.D.; Kimberly St. Charles, M.A.; Priscilla Taylor, M.A.

Executives in Residence: Pedro Garcia, Ed.D.; Kenneth Hall, Ed.D.

Emeritus Professors: Robert L. Baker, Ph.D.; Charles M. Brown, Ed.D.; Earl Carnes, Ph.D.; Myron H. Dembo, 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.

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology: Rodney K. Goodyear, Ph.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/​Master of Business Administration (Ed.D./M.B.A.); Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education.

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