John Pascarella III

Master of Arts in Teaching

Associate Professor of Clinical Education


Dr. John Pascarella III is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education in the Rossier School of Education and Chief Academic Officer of K12 Equity Leadership Academies for the USC Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. Since 2012, John has served as Faculty in Residence in USC McCarthy Honors and USC South Residential Colleges. From 2015-19, John served as Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. During his tenure as chair, Rossier rose in its national rankings to the #18 Secondary Teacher Education Program (USNWR, 2019). From 2011-15, he served as Director of Fieldwork for Academic Programs at Rossier, during which time he led a video teacher performance assessment study with Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to his appointments at USC, John taught English Language Arts and Literature in urban New Jersey and teacher education courses at Montclair State University, McGill University, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2015, John served on a California (CCTC) taskforce to rewrite the state teacher preparation program standards. From 2016-18, John led the redesign of the MAT program and brokered partnerships with Google For Education and Edthena to improve access and mastery of digital learning tools by teacher education faculty and candidates. John is co-chair of the USC Academic Senate-Provost Joint Committee on Information Services and is member of the Rossier Teaching Taskforce. In 2013, John founded and developed “College Access Day,” a full-day campus immersion event that annually welcomes 300+ youth from low-income communities to engage them in a series of workshops, panels, tours, and events focused on college admissions literacy, the on-campus college experience, and financial aid literacy. John has earned multiple awards in the areas of research, teaching, and service from Phi Delta Kappa International and regularly presents at state and national conferences on teacher education reform.

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