Research Associate Professor
Director, STEM Education Research Group
Viterbi School of Engineering
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Dr. Ragusa is the Director of the STEM Education Research Group in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education. Her research interests and areas of expertise include: teacher education and retention, literacy education, teacher education supervision, content literacy, early childhood special education, deaf education, engineering education as well as assessment and measurement in STEM education. Prior to joining the School of Viterbi Engineering, Ragusa was the Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation within the USC Rossier School of Education. While there she taught courses in literacy and language development, courses in learning theory, human development courses, and teacher education research courses. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Ragusa held an appointment as an assistant professor in special education and bilingual education at California State University, Northridge in addition to a faculty position at Pacific Oaks College. She has taught in distance learning for more than ten years. She is active in many professional associations in the early childhood, distance learning, engineering education, program evaluation and special and deaf education fields. She has been the principal investigator on several federal grants through the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.