Competency-Based Education – Team


Bill Tierney

Dr. William Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education here at Rossier and the Co-Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. He is an expert on higher education policy analysis, governance, and administration; cultural leadership in higher education; decision making in higher education; faculty reward structures; organizational culture and its role in academic decision making, innovation, and organizational change in postsecondary education; power, ideology, and cultural politics in academia; equity issues in higher education; diversity issues in higher education; building communities of difference on the multicultural campus; Native Americans and other minorities in higher education; quality of faculty performance; faculty socialization as a cultural process; race, class, gender and sexual identity in the socialization of faculty; socialization and culture of college students; critical and feminist interpretations of higher education policy; anthropology of higher education; educational institutions as political and organizational cultures; organizational/institutional politics; affirmative action; for-profit universities; tenure reform; the college presidency; cultural politics in academia; gay and lesbian studies; and ethnography.

Michael Lanford

Michael Lanford is a doctoral candidate in the Rossier School of Education, where he works with William Tierney studying the impact of globalization on institutional change, faculty roles, and student development. He holds Master’s degrees from the University of Hong Kong, where he graduated “with distinction” in higher education, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Harvey Fellow in American Studies. At USC, Michael is a Provost’s Fellow who has received scholarships to present his work at conferences in Taipei, Canada, and the United States. Over the last two years, he has published several articles and book chapters on creativity and innovation in higher education, international branch campuses, and academic freedom. His work has appeared in the Higher
Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Higher Education, and Frontiers of Education in China. In his spare time, Michael mentors low-income students preparing to go to college, plays classical piano, and enjoys golf.

Tattiya Maruco

Tattiya Maruco is a Research Project Specialist for the Pullias Center for Higher Education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature, from San Francisco State University, and her Master’s in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working with USC, she has worked as an instructor at Los Angeles Film School (English Composition) and researcher at private research firms, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and UCLA. She has experience in researching how individuals and groups understand and interact with their environment, specifically focusing on how context is dynamic and influences human thought and behavior. Current projects at the Center include Linked Learning, IAM, SummerTIME and First in the World.

Carlos Galan

Carlos earned his bachelor’s in History and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, he directed a tutoring and mentoring program at Bell Gardens High School. After graduating from UCLA, Carlos worked at Cal State LA as an Assistant to the Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Carlos is now working as an Outreach Advisor for the Pullias Center for Higher Education. He helps coordinate the I AM Mentoring Program and SummerTIME. Both programs focus on increasing college access and college readiness among low-income high school students in 9 LAUSD schools.