San Marino Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss has been asked to teach a class during the spring semester as part of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
Dr. Cherniss will be adjunct professor for EDUC 717 – Schooling as an Economic Enterprise, a requirement for completion of the school’s doctoral Ed.D. program.
The course will focus on school finance, human capital and privatization of education on a national, state and local level. Dr. Cherniss will be teaching to the program’s inaugural executive cohort of students, comprised solely of superintendents and assistant superintendents, who will convene on Thursday evenings, from January through May 2016.
“Being a teacher is truly my passion and what I miss most about education,” said Cherniss. “I had an opportunity to teach this class a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I’ll be teaching my students about the interplay between State economics and funding for education. It is an awesome opportunity to rejoin the Trojan faculty.”
Cherniss received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 and earned an MS from Pepperdine in 2004 before picking up his Doctorate in Education in 2008. He was previously a member of the Trojan faculty in 2013.
Cherniss took over as Superintendent for the SMUSD in 2014.