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

Joanna Drivalas is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.  Prior to pursuing degrees in education, Joanna 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 climate, access and retention of underrepresented students, transitions within the K16 pipeline, and institutional climate, culture, and responsibility.  At USC, Joanna serves as a research assistant to Dr. Adrianna Kezar at the Pullias Center for Higher Education.  Her current project focuses on understanding the impact of the Association of American Universities on scaling and institutionalizing systemic reforms to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM teaching and learning.  Joanna is also co-editing a book on public scholarship in higher education with Dr. Kezar.

Joanna 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 the Florida State University.


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