Faculty & Research

USC Rossier’s faculty members are world-class researchers and practitioners dedicated to advancing educational equity and solving the most intractable problems in education.

USC Rossier Faculty Stand Out

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Faculty are elected members of the National Academy of Education.

The National Academy recognizes researchers for their portfolio of education-related research.

Professor Gale M. Sinatra, expert in climate education, named to NAE

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Of new faculty hires are scholars of color.

Fourteen new faculty joined USC Rossier this past year.

A banner year for faculty hires

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USC Rossier faculty are among Education Week’s Top 200 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.

Our scholars were named for their influence on educational policy and practice.

USC Rossier’s influence

USC faculty members Neftalie Williams and Zoë Corwin discuss their research on skate culture with Haley Williams, a freshman studying art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Research at USC Rossier

USC Rossier is a major recipient of research grants and contracts, with $15.7 million in research funding awarded in 2020–2021. Unlike most schools of education, USC Rossier takes a holistic approach to research that avoids silos by grouping faculty research into four flexible categories.

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Founder of Center EDGE, Alan Arkatov, and executive director of the Shoah Foundation Stephen A. Smith discuss ways to teach lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides to new generations of students.

USC Rossier Research Centers

Led by world-class faculty, USC Rossier’s research centers conduct cutting-edge research in several critical areas. The work of our centers is guided by a desire to positively impact educational policy and practice at all levels.

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USC Rossier Faculty News

The transformative power of education

New USC Rossier Master Class series takes a cross-disciplinary approach to explore how education can address larger challenges 

Education visionary Irving R. Melbo was ahead of his time

Inaugural Melbo Lecture on Thursday, August 25, “Leading in Times of Radical Change: Invitation to Lead for a New Future”

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Distinguished USC Rossier professors shift gears

John Brooks Slaughter, Margo Pensavalle and Rudy Castruita announce retirement; Jerome Lucido to become scholar-in-residence

Dean Pedro A. Noguera joins education leaders in a call for action to reduce gun violence

Noguera calls for immediate government action to initiate scientifically-informed steps to reduce gun violence.

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A lasting legacy

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang named Fahmy Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology.

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For the Media

USC Rossier faculty members have expertise in higher education, K–12 education policy, education psychology and teacher education, and are regularly available to media. To arrange an interview, please contact the faculty member directly or speak with our director of media relations Ellen Evaristo. Any questions about school operations should also be addressed to Ellen Evaristo.

Photo of Ellen Evaristo at the USC University Park campus.

Ellen Evaristo

Director of Media Relations