Executive Council

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Executive Council

Dean Karen Symms GallagherKaren Symms Gallagher, PhD
Dean, Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education

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 >>

Teri AdamsTeri Adams
Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance

Teri Adams is Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance. Her 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 previously in the capacity of Senior Business Officer.

Tabitha CourtneyTabitha Courtney
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Services

Tabitha Courtney is the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Services. Courtney’s career in higher education spans nearly 20 years having worked at universities in Ohio and Arizona at the undergraduate and graduate level before joining USC Rossier in January 2018, serving as the Director of Admission and Scholarships. She earned her MA from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel and her BA from Bluffton University in Communication.

Robert A. FilbackRobert A. "Rob" Filback, PhD
Professor of Clinical Education

Rob Filback, PhD is professor of clinical education and chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL) program. His areas of focus include international education, language teacher preparation, online and technology enhanced learning and… Read more >>

Dr. Lawrence O. PicusLawrence Picus, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs; Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration

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 >>

Dr. Darline RoblesDarline Robles, PhD
Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion

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 >>

Wendy E. ShattuckWendy E. Shattuck
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Communications

Wendy E. Shattuck joined Rossier as Assistant Dean & Executive Director of Communications. Her background blends education in the arts and humanities with high-level leadership and management in private and public higher education, technology, and general business settings, and includes communications work with two prior schools of education. Wendy holds an M.L.A. (Master of Liberal Arts) from Stanford University and a B.A. from Brown University.

Dr. Kathy StoweKathy Stowe, EdD
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.