Bill Tierney

Higher Education & Academic Administration; Faculty Relations & Governance

Bill Tierney is a recognized expert in higher education administration and governance. He currently serves as University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, and Co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, at the Rossier School of Education, the University of Southern California (USC).  He is an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and consults and lectures widely on strategic planning, improving diversity of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, shared governance, faculty roles and rewards, and college readiness.

His recent books 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.  Previously, Tierney was an academic dean at a Native American community college, a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, a Fulbright Scholar in Central America, Australia, and India, and Scholar-in-Residence in Malaysia. 

Dr. Tierney earned a master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  He has received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and from Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and has served as president of ASHE and vice president of AERA. He is a Fellow of AERA and a member of the National Academy of Education.