USC Unifying Values

Accomplishing our mission requires that we build a culture that reinforces the ethical framework within which we make decisions. Key to establishing that culture is embracing values that guide our actions.

Looking Forward to Spring 2021

In two weeks, the Fall semester will come to a close. I know all of you – faculty, staff, and students – have worked to make the best of challenging circumstances. As classes end today, we want to recognize your fortitude and your resilience.

Spring 2021 – Wellness Days and Grading Options

We have scheduled five Wellness Days throughout the Spring. A Wellness Day is a day on which there will be no classes and no classwork expected of students. Students are encouraged to use this time to rest, exercise, and connect with friends and family.

Election and Student Well-being

I ask for your continued patience and flexibility during this time, and your partnership in prioritizing our students’ well-being.

Next Steps for Erica Muhl

Erica Muhl, the inaugural dean and former founding executive director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy, will be stepping down from her position to become President of the Berklee College of Music, effective July 1, 2021.

Appointment of New Distinguished and University Professors

It is my pleasure to announce that we have appointed Estela Mara Bensimon, Yang Chai, Steve Kay, and Shrikanth Narayanan as University Professors and Susan Forsburg, Sherman Jackson, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Mahta Moghaddam, and Pedro Noguera as Distinguished Professors. 

Important Updates for Fall and Spring Semesters

As we reach the midpoint of the Fall semester, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued dedication during these challenging times, and to update you on the work that is going into planning for the Spring semester.

Financial Update

Provost Zukoski presented an update on the university’s budget to USC faculty and staff.