Rossier welcomes Briana Hinga and Jaimie Hoffman as assistant professors of clinical education

USC Rossier welcomes two new faculty members. Briana Hinga and Jaimie Hoffman will each be assistant professors of clinical education as of July 1.

Dr. Briana Hinga

Dr. Briana Hinga

Briana Hinga completed her PhD in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, with specializations in both learning, cognition and development as well as educational policy and social context. Her research and teaching focus include research methods; equity and diversity; cross disciplinary and collaborative reform efforts, including community-school-university partnerships; and learning environments that foster possibility and social justice.

She has co-edited, with Gilberto Conchas and Michael Gottfried, Inequality, Power and School Success: Case Studies on Racial Disparity and Opportunity in Education. Another book co-edited with Conchas, Up against Inequality: Latino Youth, Schools and the Struggle for Hope, will be released soon.

“I am incredibly grateful to join the Rossier family. I am excited about the opportunity to learn from the amazing community of students, educational practitioners, faculty, staff and broader community at USC.”

—Briana Hinga, assistant professor of clinical education

Hinga has been involved in several projects that learn from intersections between theory and practice and cross between disciplinary, community and institutionalized frames of knowledge. For example, she directed development of an intermediary organization called the Long Beach Collaborative to Advance Linked Learning (LBCALL), which fosters collaboration across educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses, students, families and community members to prepare youth for success in college, career and civic engagement.

Hinga was awarded a Public Impact Fellowship, a “Mosaic–University of California Educational Evaluation Center Innovative Evaluation Research Award” and a Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service. Additionally, she received a Pedagogical Fellowship from the UCI Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center for her excellence and promise as a university instructor. She will be teaching primarily in the EdD program.

“I am incredibly grateful to join the Rossier family,” says Hinga. “I am excited about the opportunity to learn from the amazing community of students, educational practitioners, faculty, staff and broader community at USC.”

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman

Jaimie Hoffman received her EdD in Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MEd in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University. Her areas of expertise include assessment in higher education, student affairs administration, development of college student leaders and use of technology inside and outside of the classroom for advancing student learning and engagement.

Prior to joining the Rossier faculty, Hoffman worked in various administrative roles in student affairs and information technology. Most recently, she served as a teaching and learning innovations specialist at CSU Channel Islands, where she provided pedagogical training and support to faculty teaching blended and online courses. Hoffman also spent over 15 years working in student affairs at public and for-profit institutions of varying sizes; she worked in and with the following programmatic areas: assessment and training, new student programs, orientation, leadership programs, residential education, judicial affairs, campus recreation and career services.

Hoffman has experience as an adjunct faculty member at CSU Channel Islands, CSU Northridge, Messiah College and Salem State University, teaching face-to-face, blended and online courses on assessment, education, communication, diversity and organizational leadership to undergraduate and graduate students.

Born in England, Hoffman moved to the United States as a child and credits her parents for showing her the meaning of hard work, perseverance and leading with an “ethic of care.”

“It is through this lens that I approach my work in higher education,” she says. “I feel proud to join a community of scholars at Rossier who have already made huge strides to welcome me and am honored to work in a school that is structured with intentionality, motivated toward innovation and excellence, and with such a strong conviction toward making an impact in urban education.”