Eric Canny

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Education

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education


University of Southern California

Rossier School of Education

Doctorate in Education


New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education


New York University

Tisch School of the Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts       


  • Organizational and Institutional Change Organizational Alignment Design Thinking Accountability Leadership Higher Education Workforce trends and development
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Eric Canny, PhD has nearly three decades of work in higher education, non-profit as well as corporate.  He was a Founding Director and Chief Innovation Officer for the Global Risk Mitigation Foundation, administering development projects and identifying the risk gaps that often occur when risks from pre-planning through outcomes are not looked at holistically. He has successfully built international education programs at a global scale, including his role in building New York University’s global footprint—one of the largest study abroad and global mobility programs in the world. At CEA Study Abroad, Eric served as Vice President for Program Management responsible for executing a worldwide division to ensure consistent communication and management between 25 academic sites and headquarters concerning all aspects of daily operations. Eric Canny, PhD was Dean of Global Education at Augsburg University overseeing the nationally award-winning Center for Global Education and Experience.  


Eric also possesses a life-long commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. He worked as Educational Director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQIA+ youth, serving 8,000 youth annually through collaborations with the Harvey Milk School and other similar institutions. He was named one of the best and brightest under 30 by The Advocate Magazine for his work at The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Eric was Co-Founder and Producer of Genesis Films, a documentary film company focused on showcasing "wicked problems" around the world and solutions to them


Prior to joining USC Rossier’s faculty, Eric held leadership positions at New York University, Columbia University, Stetson University, Augsburg University and the University of North Texas.  Eric Canny, PhD was team-lead for opening US higher educational institutions in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Israel, Myanmar, Palestine, and the United Kingdom.  He has overseen the expansion of existing programs in Chile, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Spain, Thailand, and other countries.  Eric Canny, PhD has traveled to more than 70 countries.  He consults on organizational change, strategic planning, and the intersection of workforce trends and higher education. 

Courses Taught

Analyzing Organizational Change and Its Effectiveness                                         

Building Capacity for Organizational Change                                                        


Challenges in Accountability                                                                                

Challenges in Diversity                                                                           

Framing Leadership in a Global Context                                                   

Framing Organizational Change and Leadership                                       

Independent Research                                                                           

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