Team


Adrianna Kezar
Principal Investigator

ADRIANNA KEZAR, Professor for Higher Education, University of Southern California and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. 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. She joined the faculty at USC in 2003. She has several years administrative experience in higher education as well both in academic and student affairs.

Dr. Kezar is a national expert of change, governance and leadership in higher education and her research agenda explores the change process in higher education institutions and the role of leadership in creating change. She is an international expert on the changing faculty and directs the Delphi Project on the Changing faculty and Student Success – www.thechangingfaculty.org. Additionally, she is principal investigator for Th e TSLC Scholars Program: A mixed methods study of a comprehensive college transition and success program for low income students funded by Th e Buffett foundation. Kezar also regularly consults for campuses and national organizations related to her work on non-tenure track faculty, STEM reform, change, collaboration, leadership development, and change.

She is an AERA fellow and has received national awards for her editorial leadership of the ASHE-ERIC report series from ASHE, for developing a leadership development program for women in higher education from ACE, and for her commitment to service learning from the National Society for Experiential Learning.


Elizabeth Holcombe
Co-Investigator

ELIZABETH HOLCOMBE is a Provost’s Fellow and doctoral research assistant with the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. Her current research interests include STEM reform; teaching, learning, and assessment; faculty issues; and leadership in higher education. Before beginning her doctoral work, Elizabeth held a variety of roles in student affairs. These included working with a college access partnership, managing an academic advising and mentoring program, and leading a co- and extra-curricular assessment initiative. Prior to her career in higher education, Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.