William Tierney


Member Since: 2014

William Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Co¬¨director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. He has served as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), is an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and recently completed a Fulbright in India. His research focuses on increasing access to higher education, improving the performance of postsecondary institutions, and analyzing the impact of privatization on postsecondary education. His most recent publications include: Rethinking Education and Poverty; the Problem of College Readiness; The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision-making; Trust and the Public Good: Examining the Cultural Conditions of Academic Work, and Understanding the Rise of For-profit Colleges and Universities. He has written opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and Huffington Post. Tierney was an academic dean at a Native American community college, a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, a Fulbright Scholar in Central America and Australia, and Scholar-in-Residence in Malaysia. He earned a master’s from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in administration and policy analysis. Tierney has been president of ASHE, vice president of AERA, and is a Fellow of AERA.

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