Cory Buckner

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education


EdD in Educational Leadership & Higher Education Administration, University of Southern California

Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University 


  • Intercollegiate Athletics • Higher Education • College Student Development and Success
Cory  Buckner

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Cory Buckner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education for the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs master’s program in the USC Rossier School of Education. Buckner’s expertise and interests are in intercollegiate athletics, college student development and success, mindset development, and authentic mentorship for graduate students and early-career student affairs professionals. Prior to his full-time faculty appointment at USC Rossier, Buckner taught as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Education in the PASA program and served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Support within USC’s athletics department.

Before coming to USC, Buckner served in advising, personal and career development, as well as academic support leadership roles for student-athletes at both the University of Louisville and Tennessee State University. 

He completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington. His M.S.Ed is in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Buckner also earned his EdD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the USC Rossier School of Education.



Awards and Grants

USC Rossier School of Education PASA Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2022

USC Rossier Master's Programs Office Excellence for Equity Faculty Award, 2022

Courses Taught



  • EDUC 617 The Student-Athlete in Higher Education
  • EDUE 563 History of Higher Education
  • EDUE 571 Research Methods and Applied Educational Ethnography
  • EDUC 611 Athletic Administration
  • EDUC 616 Higher Education Capstone