Reflections from our Dean, Faculty and Alumni on what makes the USC Price DPPD program so unique.
“One of our goals in the DPPD program is to help professionals bridge theory and practice, to see the value of academic theories, the scholarly literature, and analytic methods to the kinds of issues they face in their organizations and positions.”Jack H. Knott, Dean
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor
“Why a doctorate degree in Policy, Planning, and Development at USC Price? Our newly revised DPPD degree is designed to enhance and leverage the knowledge and skills of highly accomplished professionals, steeped in practice, to prime them for the next stage of their career. Our doctoral students already have the “10,000 hours” Malcolm Gladwell claims one needs to be an expert in a chosen field; our doctoral students want now to engage in a deeper study of subject and methods to advance thinking and habits and mind, an immersion into an interdisciplinary and integrative curriculum with a world-class faculty and peer learners who are experienced leaders like themselves to grapple with social and systemic problems in our world, selected issues which hold particular interest to each individual student so as to further the impact of one’s life work.”Deborah Natoli, Ph.D.
“It has been an incredible experience pursuing my Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development degree through USC’s Sol Price School for Policy, Planning and Development. The amazing faculty members, Dr. Robertson, Dr. Natoli, share their lifelong knowledge and guide every student in reaching their ultimate potential and career advancement. Learning along with my colleagues, leaders in their particular fields, it brings the great sense of community. Through the capstone projects, we share the compassion and deep commitment to make the most impacted social changes through various innovations. The collegial collaboration and inter-professional consultation make the classroom discussion and learning very inspirational. If you are ready for this transformational professional growth and development experience, you have found the right program just for YOU. “Suh Chen Hsiao, MSW, PPSC, LCSW
Assistant Director, Field Education
Clinical Associate Professor
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
“Today’s complex problems require a more comprehensive and nuanced examination. The DPPD program facilitates a next generation of “academic practitioners,” steeped in domain experience and expertise, who can combine scholarly rigor to innovative and practical responses. The program encourages thinking not outside the box, but thinking as if the box doesn’t exist.”Dr. Erroll G. Southers
Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies,
USC Safe Communities Institute (SCI)
Adjunct Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy