McCarthy Honors Residential College

McCarthy Honors Residential College


McCarthy Honors Residential College is a vibrant, tight-knit community of scholars who share a commitment to rigorous intellectual and academic achievement. McCarthy Honors Residential College provides a bridge between the residential and academic experience. Students will engage in programs and conversations that promote innovative thinking and challenge them to explore all branches of knowledge. Students living in McCarthy Honors Residential College will have direct contact with Faculty in Residence as well as faculty, advisors, and experts across disciplines. Unique experiences in this Residential College will include connecting students to research opportunities and an early move-in retreat focusing on community building and the holistic development of high achieving students. McCarthy Honors Residential College will create a peer network of student scholars who are successful in balancing involvement in academic and social activities.

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Vacant Position
Residential College Coordinator 
McCarthy Honors Residential College


John Pascarella
Faculty in Residence
McCarthy Honors Residential College

John Pascarella III is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education in the Rossier School of Education and Chief Academic Officer of K12 Equity Leadership Academic for the USC Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. Since 2012, John has served as Faculty in Residence in USC McCarthy Honors Residential College and South Residential College. From 2015-19, John served as Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. During his tenure as chair, Rossier rose in its national rankings to the #18 Secondary Teacher Education Program (USNWR, 2019). From 2011-15, he served as Director of Fieldwork for Academic Programs at Rossier, during which time he led a video teacher performance assessment study with Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to his appointments at USC, John taught English Language Arts and Literature in urban New Jersey and teacher education courses at Montclair State University, McGill University, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. John is co-chair of the USC Academic Senate-Provost Joint Committee on Information Services and is member of the Rossier Teaching Taskforce. In 2013, John founded and developed “College Access Day,” a full-day campus immersion event that annually welcomes 300+ youth from low-income communities to engage them in a series of workshops, panels, tours, and events focused on college admissions literacy, the on-campus college experience, and financial aid literacy.



Trisha Tucker
Faculty in Residence
McCarthy Honors Residential College

Dr. Trisha Tucker is an Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing in the Thematic Option Honors Program, where she also serves as the Head of Writing Instruction. She teaches classes on banned books, depictions of evil children in literature and film, and the novels you absolutely must read before you die. Dr. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in English; her specialties include nineteenth-century British literature, women’s popular writing, Evangelicalism, and secularization. Dr. Tucker’s previous career was in journalism. In her off hours, she loves taking long walks with her husband Rick (a fellow Trojan!), snuggling with her pug, and reading lots and lots of books.




Important Information

Early Move-In: McCarthy Honors Residential College residents move-in the Monday prior to the official Wednesday move-in.  This official move-in date for the McCarthy residents will afford them the opportunity to attend the McCarthy Retreat (see below).

McCarthy Honors Residential College Retreat: McCarthy Honors Residential College residents attend a full-day retreat on the Tuesday after their official move-in.  The retreat focuses on establishing a strong tie to their residential college, in addition to introducing residents to the McCarthy RAs, GRCC, RCC, and Faculty in Residence  The retreat contains a variety of formats and activities.

Sample Retreat Schedule
Exclusive McCarthy Breakfast at the USC Village Dining Hall
McCarthy Honors Residential College Welcome & Keynote Speaker
USCTour/Scavenger Hunt
Lunch @ Exposition Park
Community Bonding Activities @ Echo Park
Surprise Evening Activity
Travel back to USC