Adrianna Kezar, PhD

Adrianna Kezar, PhD

Professor, University of Southern California

Adrianna Kezar is a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. She has several years of administrative experience in higher education both in academic and student affairs. 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. Kezar is a well-known qualitative researcher and well published with 18 books/monographs, over 100 journal articles, and over a hundred book chapters and reports about ways to improve qualitative research in education. Her latest book, Envisioning the faculty for the twenty-first century: Moving to a mission-oriented and learner-centered model, was published in 2016.

She is regularly quoted in the media related to her research including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR (national and local stations), Al-Jazeera, The 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 holds a PhD and MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Updated: 09-14-17