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Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D.

USC Rossier School of Education

Since becoming Dean in 2000, Karen Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School is now #17 in U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Under her leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009, which has since graduated over 1300 highly prepared teachers, a large percentage of those in STEM fields. The School also pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate, now a national model. In Los Angeles, she and her faculty designed and opened USC Hybrid High, a transformational charter using personalized curriculum, technology and flexible schedules to assure success for high-risk students. The Dean also brought Math for America to Los Angeles, preparing exceptional math teachers to work in underserved schools.

Dean Gallagher is a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Fellow, the first school of education dean to be selected to be part of a two-year, cohort-based program of nationally known entrepreneurial education leaders. 


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Wednesday, June 19