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 she directs the Delphi Project on the Changing faculty and Student Success – www.thechangingfaculty.org.  

She is regularly quoted in the media related to her research including: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Washington Post, PBS, NPR (national and local stations), Al-Jazerra, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, among others.  She 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.

Kezar is well published with 18 books/monographs, over 100 journal articles, and over a hundred book chapters and reports. Recent books are listed here

She has acquired over $13 million dollars in grant funding and has worked on grant-funded projects exceeding $26 million dollars on a variety of projects to fundamentally improve higher education.  She is currently principal Investigator for The TSLC Scholars Program: A mixed methods study of a comprehensive college transition and success program for low income students funded by The Buffett foundation.

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.

A more detailed bio is available here.