Adrianna Kezar

A national expert in change, governance and leadership in higher education

Director, Pullias Center for Higher Education

Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education

USC Rossier School of Education


  • Higher education
  • Leadership and governance
  • Diversity and equity
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Low-income students
  • Unions on college campuses
  • Non-tenure-track faculty
  • Science, technology
  • Engineering and mathematics (STEM) networks
  • Scaling change


Additional Information

Dr. Adrianna 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 –  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.

  • Published 19 books and monographs, including
    • How Colleges Change: Understanding, Learning, and Enacting Change (2nd ed.,  Routledge, 2nd ed., 2018)
    • Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership (Stanford Press, 2011)
    • Rethinking the L Word in Higher Education: The Revolution of Research on Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2006)
  • Served as an American Educational Research Association Fellow, TIAA Institute Fellow, and Haynes Faculty Fellow
  • Directs the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success


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