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Kathleen Speer

Kathleen Speer

Senior Associate Dean

Kathleen Speer advises the Vice Deans and the USC Dornsife Dean on academic and professional matters within USC Dornsife.  She provides leadership and direction for the day to day operations for the USC Dornsife Faculty Affairs Office and the Research Office. She manages research administration activities including proposal preparation, budget development, faculty and staff training and electronic file storage. Additionally, Kathleen oversees the faculty recruitment, appointment and promotion processes. Ms. Speer, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, oversees the development of the class schedules for Dornsife departments and programs.

Kathleen has participated on the following committees in her fourteen years at USC: The Provost’s Strategic Planning committee on Research Innovation, Grants Management Education, SCera Portal, Research Administration Task Force and the Research Compliance Committee. She is a member of USC Women in Management and has served as Secretary on the Executive Board.

Kathleen holds a master's degree in Liberal Studies from USC and B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Arizona. She joined USC Dornsife in 2005 having previously worked for the Viterbi School of Engineering as the Assistant Director in the Engineering Finance Office.