Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Southern California School of Education
United States

Adjunct Assistant Professor in EdD - Educational Leadership EDUE 704

EdD Program Faculty Los Angeles, California

The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices. Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.

The purpose of the EDUE 704 course is to provide EdD students with the opportunity to acquire or deepen their knowledge and skills related to acting as a critically conscious leader who fosters change that addresses existing educational inequities. Students will be afforded opportunities to learn the essential components associated with organizing individuals towards collective action, the elements of providing feedback to others to improve performance, and undertaking difficult conversations centered on issues of race/ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status and other individual and contextual attributes. In addition, students will practice specific leadership acts related to leading to address existing and historical inequities including engaging in team work, thinking and acting politically, orchestrating conflict, building capacity, etc. More specifically activities in the class will include bringing people together and organizing, developing team expectations and collaborative approaches, communicating through feedback, and managing “difficult conversations” with peers, colleagues, subordinates, and superiors. The course is set up to help students answer the following question: What is the role of a leader in transforming or reinforcing the status quo in relation to educational inequity (the education debt) in urban contexts? The course addresses the program competencies of accountability, critical reflection, equity and diversity, ethics, learning organization, and research and data.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate ability to apply accountability principles through ethical practice and decision making. • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own positionality. • Demonstrate the ability to model evidence-based critical reflective practice using inquiry that challenges hegemonic epistemologies. • Demonstrate ability to engage in continuous learning of cultural knowledge and contexts. • Demonstrate ability to use K-12 or higher education data (qualitative or quantitative) to measure culturally responsive leadership. • Demonstrate ability to engage others in a process of evidence-based critical reflective practice that challenges hegemonic epistemologies and strategies to create equity, continuous professional growth, and improvement. • Demonstrate an awareness of the way that the structure of society influences organizations at the structural and individual level. • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and oral and written communication skills and socio-emotional insight to build trust and understand primary stakeholders (explicitly the needs of minoritized and historically marginalized learners) and their needs. • Demonstrate the ability to think strategically using data, evidence, empirical research, and theory to evaluate and assess the effectiveness and/or progress of programs to improve practice in relation to minoritized and historically marginalized learners.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

Minimum education required: EdD or PhD

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