Tracy Poon Tambascia

Tracy Poon Tambascia

Professor of Clinical Education

EdD, USC Rossier School of Education

Contact info

tpoon@usc.eduPhone: 213-740-9747WPH-1003CCurriculum Vitae

Concentration

Higher Education

Expertise

Expert in higher education administration, university student affairs, and international higher education.

Tracy Poon Tambascia

Dr. Tracy Poon Tambascia is Professor of Clinical Education. Her areas of interest include international higher education, higher education policy, issues that affect the practice of student affairs, and minority student success in higher education. She teaches courses in the masters and doctoral programs and regularly chairs dissertations.

Tambascia’s scholarly activities include a co-authored book chapter “Transforming education leaders: Impacts of the dissertation,” in Exploring the Impact of the Dissertation in Practice, Information Age Publishing (2017) as well as a chapter titled “Engaging Racial/Ethnic Minority Students in Predominantly White Classroom Environments” with Stephen John Quaye and Rameen Ahmadi Talesh, in Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations by Shaun R. Harper and Stephen John Quaye (2008).

She has also served on numerous invited panels, presented at national conferences, and held various editorial roles with national higher education journals and publications.

Prior to this faculty role, Tambascia worked in student affairs administration. She was Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and Dean of Students at Whittier College. She has also led student affairs departments at Mount St. Mary’s College and Occidental College. Tambascia has supervised offices such as residential life, counseling services, student life, disability services, financial aid, admissions, career development, registrar and financial aid. She also wrote and managed grants, including several from the James Irvine Foundation and Title V.

Tambascia serves on several committees at USC, including the Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Honorary Degrees Committee. She is currently chairing the Provost’s RTPC Promotion Appeals committee, and co-chairing the Provost/Senate Committee on Teaching and Academic Programs, and the Senate RTPC Faculty Affairs committee.

Nationally, Tambascia serves on the Board of Directors for NASPA and chairs the association’s Faculty Council. She is also chair of the NASPA Knowledge Community Online Publication. Tambascia also serves on accreditation committees for the WASC Senior University Commission (WASCUC).

Tambascia earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in psychology from the California State University, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in psychology from Occidental College.

Experience

Research:

Select Conference Presentations

  • Tambascia, T. P. (2017, March). The global classroom: Perspectives on teaching, learning, and international student engagement in a global doctorate of education program. Presentation at the annual NASPA National Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Hoffman, J., Tambascia, T. P. & Alsandor, D. (2017, March). So much to do, so little time: Exploring the work life balance/integration of faculty members in college student personnel programs. Presentation at the annual NASPA National Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2016, March). Student affairs in Taiwan. Presentation at the annual NASPA National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tambascia, T. P. & Welti, Jennifer C. (2016, March). The impact of student-parent relationships on low-income community college students. Presentation at the annual NASPA National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tambascia, T. P. & Tcheng, B. (2015, April). Transitions and intersecting identities: Asian American and Pacific Islander student veterans and model minority stereotypes.  Presentation at the annual APAHE Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Tambascia, T. P., Wang, J., Tcheng, B. & Corporal, G. (2015, March). Transitions and intersecting identities: Asian American and Pacific Islander student veterans and model minority stereotypes. Presentation at the annual NASPA National Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2015, March). Transitions and intersecting identities: Asian American and Pacific Islander student veterans and model minority stereotypes. Presentation at the annual ACPA National Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2015, March). Student affairs in Taiwan. Presentation at the annual ACPA National Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2014, April). Balancing identities: Undocumented Asian American students and the model minority myth. Presentation at the annual ACPA National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tambascia, T. P., & Hernandez, R. (2014, April). Lifelong development – undergraduate adult learners, advisement, and self-authorship.  Presentation at the annual ACPA National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tambascia, T. P., & Tcheng, B. (2014, March). Balancing identities: Undocumented Asian American students and the model minority myth. Paper presented at the annual NASPA National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Tambascia, T. P., Wang, J., & Tcheng, B. (2013, December). Balancing identities: Undocumented Asian American students and the model minority myth. Paper presented at the 2013 NASPA Multicultural Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2013, May).  Multimedia inside & outside the classroom. Presentation at the USC Teaching with Technology Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Tambascia, T. P., & Flores, J. (2013, March). Student parents: Factors contributing to student engagement in community college. Presentation at the ACPA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2001, November). Identifying your weakest link: Supporting under-represented students and reality TV.  Presentation at the NASPA Region VI Conference, Maui, HI.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (2000, March). Whittier College: The tradition and challenges of a diversity leader.  Presentation at the American Association for Higher Education National Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Tambascia, T. P. (1997, February). Designing a training program with wide appeal. Presentation at the National Association of Campus Activities Far West Regional Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Professional Experience:

  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • Dean of Students, Whittier College, Whittier, CA

Classes:

  • Student Affairs in College                   
  • Fieldwork
  • Master’s Seminar
  • Directed Research       
  • Higher Education Administration in China     
  • Creating Communities of Interest        
  • Higher Education Seminar                  
  • Critique of Research                                       
  • Dissertation Seminar                           
  • Educational Organizations: Governance and Finance in Higher Education
  • Making Choices: Deciding Among Policy Alternatives
  • Proseminar in Higher Education

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