Scaling STEM Reform – Team


Research Team

Adrianna Kezar
Principle Investigator

Dr. Kezar is the co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a professor of higher education in the Rossier School of Education at USC. She is an expert on institutional transformation processes in higher education. She has conducted 8 major studies of transformational and systemic change processes in higher education over the last two decades. Her work has been used to guide several large national reforms including undergraduate STEM reform through Project Kaleidoscope, Engineering reform efforts through the National Academy of Engineering, service learning programs through the American Association for Higher Education, assessment initiatives through national accreditation groups such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and diversity efforts through the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She has been invited to participate in several national dialogues about reforming science education and programs and has worked as an evaluator and advisory board member for several NSF projects. Visit her website here.

Joanna Drivalas
Research Assistant

Joanna Drivalas is a researcher in the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a Dean’s Fellow in Urban Education Policy in the Rossier School of Education. Prior to pursuing degrees in education, Joanna had the privilege of teaching at the community college and high school levels. Her students and their talents inspired her to study higher education and examine educational inequalities. Joanna’s current research interests are in teaching and learning practices in higher education, with specific attention to the socialization of graduate students into the roles of teaching assistants, access and retention of underrepresented students, and institutional climate, culture, and responsibility.

Elizabeth Holcombe
Research Assistant

Elizabeth Holcombe graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Political Science and Spanish in 2008. After teaching elementary school in Atlanta with Teach for America, she moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s degree in Politics and Education at Teachers College. Upon completing her Master’s degree in 2011, Elizabeth began working at Mercy College. Elizabeth managed several programs at Mercy, including a college access partnership, an academic advising and mentoring program, and a new co- and extra-curricular assessment initiative within the Division of Student Affairs. Currently, Elizabeth is pursuing her PhD in Urban Education Policy with a focus on Higher Education.