Karen Symms Gallagher

Higher Ed

  • Online learning

Karen Symms Gallagher became dean of the USC Rossier School of Education in 2000. Under her leadership, USC Rossier launched its groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2009, the first of its kind from a major research university. Gallagher led a USC Rossier initiative that has successfully opened five charter high schools in Southern California. She is a founding member of Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization founded made up of leaders who are committed to transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession, and she serves as board chair for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.