Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh is an Adjunct Professor for both the Doctor of Education and Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration programs for the USC Rossier School of Education. Dr. Valizadeh’s areas of research and expertise include academic self-efficacy, science identity, student-faculty interaction, issues of gender and racial equity in higher education, and college student experiences with regard to underrepresented students in STEM majors and careers. Her teaching background at USC includes Advanced Student Development Theory, Career Development Theory and Practice, and Politics of Difference. In addition, she is a representative for the LA Community College District's $15 million Career Pathways Trust Grant, where she provides college readiness and career exposure in high-demand fields to LA County high school students. She is also on the Advisory Board of Peace Over Violence, a social service agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence.
Dr. Valizadeh was the Director of Education and Outreach for USC Covered California's $500,000 grant-funded HOME + STEM project. This project's work led to local news coverage and to over 1 million outreaches, surpassing goal expectations by over 75%. In addition, a qualitative study evaluating the experiences of the community college and graduate student workers involved showed that the HOME+STEM project had a positive impact on their science identity. An article analyzing the results of this study is currently in preparation for publication by Dr. Valizadeh and her colleagues.
Before transitioning into a career in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Valizadeh worked as a Tax Senior Consultant in Financial Services for Deloitte Tax LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007, she participated in a two-month rotation in Hyderabad, India, where she trained over 40 new staff members and helped establish a foundation and international presence for the Boston and New York offices to build upon.
Dr. Valizadeh has a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education. She received both a Masters in Business and Administration with a Concentration in Finance and Management, and a B.A. in Communications and Cultures from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is fluent in Persian (Farsi), English and Spanish.