USC’s Rossier School of Education Master’s Program Office (MPO) serves as a hub for academic and professional development and career advancement for graduate students in the following programs:
- Learning Design and Technology
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Enrollment Management and Policy
- Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs
- Educational Counseling
- School Counseling
MPO and USC Rossier prides itself on preparing counselors, administrators, and educational leaders for an impactful career in education. Our office hosts many seminars and events throughout the year to help our students feel more equipped in the classroom and after graduation.
WPH 304D | (213) 740-0507
I am excited about my new role as the Faculty Program Chair for the Master’s Programs! Together as the MPO team of Julienne, Ruby, James and our student workers, we will work tirelessly to ensure that our programs prepare you to tackle the problems of practice you face in your field and advance Rossier’s mission in your communities of practice. I look forward to leading that charge.
As for myself, I have been with Rossier for 10 years as a clinical faculty member. My background is in educational psychology and since 2014, I have served as the faculty chair for Master’s in Learning Design and Technology. I have lived in the US for over 20 years but was born and raised in Estonia, part of the previous Soviet Union. Aside from my work with Rossier, I am in charge of ensuring that our three kids, ages 8-15 grow up as engaged and responsible citizens – and hopefully will become Trojans like you!
Please do not hesitate to stop by my office, 304D to say hello!
WPH 304E | (213)-821-3406
Hi Trojans! My name is Julienne Jose-Chen and I am the Associate Director for the Master’s Programs Office. I have been part of the Rossier family since 2007, first as a student in the PASA program (go Class of 2009!) and now as a staff member. My passion for student affairs started in my undergraduate career at UC Irvine (zot zot!), where I was involved in residential life, new student programming, and cross cultural programs and organizations. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in 2005, I went on to teach English in Japan before pursuing my graduate studies at USC. Through the PASA program, I was provided many amazing opportunities. I’ve worked with on campus offices such as USC Orientation Programs and the USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, as well as institutions such as the Art Center College of Design and Santa Monica College. After graduating I worked full-time at UCLA and in 2010 I decided to return back to where it all started – USC Rossier School of Education.
In addition to my role at Rossier, I am continuing my professional development in many ways. I am involved with NASPA, which is one of the leading associations for student affairs professionals, and volunteer with LEAP, Inc. (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.). I am also a current student in the Educational Leadership doctoral program here at Rossier.
I am so glad and honored to work with different students who are changing the landscape of education and accomplishing great things in their fields. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or other staff members for assistance with any questions you may have during your programs. Fight on!
Student Services Advisor
WPH 304B | (213) 740-4253
Ruby Rodriguez is the Academic Advisor for the Online Master of Education in School Counseling Program.
Rodriguez completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where she obtained a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She then completed her M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from USC Rossier School of Education.
Her passion for higher education began as an undergraduate student at UCR, where she was a Peer Mentor for the CHASS F1RST Year Experience program for three years and through her own experience as a first generation college student and student of color. She enjoyed guiding first year students in their transition from high school to college. After graduating from UCR, she dedicated a year of service with a non-profit organization called City Year where she worked with middle school students in the Los Angeles area.
In 2016, she joined the USC Rossier School of Education as a graduate student. For her graduate assistant-ships, she worked with the USC Marshall School of Business Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship program, the USC Dornsife Office of Advising during Summer Orientation, and the USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund.
Ruby’s purpose is to support, advocate, and empower students as they navigate higher education.
She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She looks forward to new adventures and new places to eat.
WPH 304G | (213)-740-2727
This is James Hayashi, the writing advisor for all Master’s Programs students (MFT, EC, PASA, School Counseling, and LDT). As the veteran of MPO, I’ve been with the department—and Rossier—for nearly seven years. Prior to working here as the writing advisor, I taught Writing 140, Freshman Composition, to undergrads at USC, where I earned my Master’s of Professional Writing degree. (For those who are wondering, I completed my undergraduate work at the “other” university across town, in psychobiology and English.) My other big professional adventure was teaching English Composition at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
When I’m not reviewing student papers, I enjoy reading (mostly creative non-fiction), gardening (mostly vegetables), and dogs (mostly my German shepherd puppy, Brooklyn).
Having completed an advanced degree here at USC, I understand the sacrifices students must make—but I’m also very aware of the rewards as well. For those students who feel a little overwhelmed (especially with writing), hang in there–and don’t be afraid to reach out! I travel between my office in WPH and the suite downtown at the USC City Center, so the best way to see me is to make an appointment or to email me. Please also feel free to browse our various writing resources when you have time!