Faculty

William Tierney
Co-Director
Dr. Tierney earned a master's degree from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in administration and policy analysis. His research interests pertain to faculty productivity, decision making, organizational re-engineering, and issues of equity. Read more...
Adrianna Kezar
Co-director
Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California. Kezar holds a Ph.D. 1996 and M.A. 1992 in higher education administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. 1989 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Read more...
Shafiqa Ahmadi
Assistant Professor
Shafiqa Ahmadi is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the Rossier School of Education and Gould School of Law. Prior to joining the Rossier faculty, she taught at the Gould School of Law and was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Urban Education, at the Rossier. Read more...
Darnell Cole
Associate Professor
Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor of Education with an emphasis in higher education and education psychology. His areas of research include race/ ethnicity, diversity, college student experiences, and learning. Read more...
Zoe Corwin
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Corwin currently directs the Collegeology Games project for the Pullias Center. She has conducted research on college preparation programs and access to financial aid for underserved students, college pathways for foster youth and the role of social media and games in postsecondary access and completion. Read more...
Tatiana Melguizo
Associate Professor
Tatiana Melguizo received a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Stanford University and a M.A. in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining USC, she worked as a Research Analyst at the SPHERE Institute. Read more...
John Slaughter
Professor of Education and Engineering
Dr. John Brooks Slaughter’s education research has been in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, underrepresented minorities in STEM, and access and affordability. Read more...
Kristan Venegas
Chair of Masters Programs
Dr. Venegas earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Rossier faculty, she served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. Read more...