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.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, director of the USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education, elected to the National Academy of Education

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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

Rudy Roman joins USC Rossier as assistant professor

The psychologist and advocate for underserved communities will teach in USC Rossier’s Marriage and Family Therapy program

Julie Posselt named new director of CERPP

Higher education expert to lead USC Rossier’s Center for Enrollment, Research, Policy and Practice.

Professor Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby named Robert H. Naslund Chair in Curriculum and Teaching

New Naslund chair is passionate about translating education theory and research into practice.

Featured Faculty

Tatiana Melguizo, respected professor and a leader in the fields of education and economics, passed away at the age of 55

Professor Melguizo’s legacy extended over two decades at USC, and her work has made an indelible impact at USC Rossier.

Shaun Harper and Royel Johnson named Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Visionaries by the Los Angeles Times

Distinguished honor recognizes leaders from across Southern California for their dedication to equity and advocacy across industries.

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