Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas
Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas

Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas

Cohort: 2014

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania
M.S.Ed. Higher Education, 2014

Florida State University
B.A. Theatre & Creative Writing, 2009

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Institutional and classroom climate and culture as they relate to the experiences, perceptions, and retention of underrepresented students; Pedagogy; Access and readiness; Arts-based research

Research Center

USC Race & Equity Center

Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas

Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.  Prior to pursuing degrees in education, Yianna had the privilege of teaching at the community college and high school levels.  Her students and their talents inspired her to study higher education and examine educational inequalities.  Her research interests include classroom, departmental, and institutional climate; disciplinary and departmental cultures; access and retention of underrepresented students; and institutional responsibility.  Her work at USC has included co-editing the forthcoming Envisioning Public Scholarship: Models to Expand the Scope of Higher Education Research; evaluating the impacts of the Association of American Universities' (AAU) Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative on scaling and institutionalizing reforms in educational culture and pedagogical practices; exploring how mathematics PhD students at USC are socialized into teaching through their roles as teaching assistants; co-authoring a chapter on climate and student activism in the latest New Directions for Student Leadership; and serving as the president of the Rossier Student Organization.  Yianna is a research associate at the new USC Race and Equity Center under the advisement of Dr. Shaun Harper. Her dissertation work examines faculty consciousness and contributions to departmental climate, with specific regard to race and gender.

Yianna earned a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing at Florida State University.


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