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Kezar named co-director of USC Pullias Center

Adrianna Kezar has served on a number of editorial boards. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Professor Adrianna Kezar has been named co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education, where she has served as associate director since 2003.

Kezar, an expert in leadership and change in higher education who is widely cited for her research on nontenure track faculty, now heads the Pullias Center with Professor William Tierney, who had directed the center since it was founded in 1994.

“I cannot think of a more highly visible and well-regarded colleague to help me lead the Pullias Center,” Tierney said of Kezar, whose new role was officially announced at the 35th Annual Pullias Lecture delivered by Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, on Feb. 4.

Kezar currently directs the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, which brings experts together to examine and develop solutions to change the nature of the professoriate, the causes of the rise of nontenure-track faculty and the impact of this change on teaching and learning environments.

She has been published extensively, with 14 books, more than 75 journal articles and more than 100 book chapters and reports to her credit. She has a National Science Foundation grant for nearly $700,000 to study undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math reform networks.

Kezar has served on a number of editorial boards, including those of The Journal of Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development.

The Pullias Center for Higher Education is an interdisciplinary research center that was established to engage the postsecondary education community and to serve as an intellectual center within USC Rossier.

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