About

Adrianna Kezar is the co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Kezar holds a PhD and an MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, and a BA 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. 

Kezar is a national expert on change, governance and leadership in higher education. 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.  

She is regularly quoted in the media related to her research including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR (national and local stations), Al-Jazerra, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and 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 and monographs, over 100 journal articles and over a hundred book chapters and reports.

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.