Executive Council

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. USC Rossier’s highly innovative masters and doctoral programs prepare educational leaders to be change agents as teachers, administrators, policy leaders and scholars. Read more >>
Dr. Gale SinatraGale Sinatra
Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Gale Sinatra is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Rossier. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, learning theory, knowledge construction, conceptual change learning, literacy acquisition, assessment, and the public understanding of science. Read more >>
Dr. Lawrence O. PicusLawrence Picus
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Lawrence O. Picus is Professor at the USC Rossier School of Education. He is an expert in the area of public financing of schools, equity and adequacy of school funding, school business administration, education policy, linking school resources to student performance and resource allocation… Read more >>
Jerome A. “Jerry” LucidoJerome A. Lucido
Associate Dean for Strategic Enrollment Services
Jerome A. “Jerry” Lucido is professor of research and Associate Dean of Strategic Enrollment Services for USC Rossier. He is also executive director of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, and Special Advisor to the Provost at the University of Southern California. Read more >>
Dr. Kathy StoweKathy Stowe
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Dr. Kathy Stowe is a Professor of Clinical Education as well as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Rossier. She teaches a variety of courses in the Ed. D. and MAT online Programs and serves as a chair of thematic dissertations. As someone with a concentration in K-12 Education Policy, Stowe… Read more >>
Carla WohlCarla Wohl
Associate Dean for External Relations
Carla Wohl has leveraged her passion for storytelling and communication into a successful higher education development career with a specific focus on supporting students and faculty devoted to public service. She joined USC Rossier as Associate Dean for External Affairs in April 2016 after working for 6 and a half years at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health as the Assistant Dean for External Affairs.
Dr. Darline RoblesDarline Robles
Diversity Task Force Chair
Dr. Darline Robles, the former superintendent of Los Angeles County Office of Education, is a Professor of Clinical Education here at the USC Rossier School of Education. In addition to teaching in the school’s doctoral and masters programs, Robles is responsible for the development of a new… Read more >>
Kate O’ ConnorKate O’ Connor
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Kate O’Connor is Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Rossier School of Education. She has been teaching in international programs across five colleges at USC since 1993 and has served as Director of the USC Language Academy Intensive English Program, Executive Director for… Read more >>
Dr. Kristan VenegasKristan Venegas
Co-Chair APR
Dr. Kristan Venegas is a Professor of Clinical Education and a Research Associate in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at Rossier. She is an expert in the areas of college preparation and planning, higher education, financial aid policy and college advising. Read more >>
Margo PensavalleMargo Pensavalle
Faculty Chair/Co-Chair APR
Dr. Margo Pensavalle is a Professor of Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. Areas of professional expertise include elementary education, special education and educational psychology. Other areas of interest include interdisciplinary problem-based learning, the study of beginning… Read more >>
Teri AdamsTeri Adams
Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance
Teri Adam’s financial career represents a broad spectrum of financial experience at a variety of levels. For the past fifteen years, she has been a part of the USC family, serving in the capacity of Senior Business Officer and now Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance.