Harold Waters, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Dornsife Undergraduate Academic Advising

E-mail: haroldwa@usc.edu
Office: GFS 320

Education: B.A. Psychology & English, University of Michigan; M.A. Counseling Education, Wayne State University; Ph.D. Educational Leadership – Higher Education, Mercer University

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Fun fact: I am naturally introverted, but I operate using an extroverted mindset at work. I am also a left-handed guy who has never enjoyed the taste of chocolate or coffee.

Viannda Hawkins, Ed.D.

Director, First-Year Advising & Operations

E-mail: vhawkins@usc.edu
Office: GFS 320

Education: B.A. History, UCLA; M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, USC; Ed.D. Educational Leadership, USC

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun fact: Favorite movies: The Godfather & Coming to America; Favorite beverage: I love a chai tea latte.

Luis Ramirez

Associate Director, Continuing Advising Affairs

E-mail: lframire@usc.edu
Office: GFS 320

Education: B.S. Public Policy and Management, USC; M.S.E. Counseling, USC

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact: 

Jessica Kanoski , Ph.D.

Senior Assistant Director, Languages & Culture 


E-mail: jkanoski@usc.edu
Office: KAP 357

Education: B.S. Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A. Linguistics, Purdue University; Ph.D. Linguistics, Purdue University

Hometown: Waterloo, Belgium

Fun fact: I will only buy cars that are stick shift.

Dominique Smith

Office Manager & Student Internship Coordinator, Dornsife Undergraduate Academic Advising 

E-mail: smithdom@usc.edu
Office: GFS 320

Education: B.A. Sociology, University of Oregon; M.A. Psychology, Pepperdine University

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact: I was a competitive cheerleader for 8 years.

Lorena Avalos

Student Services Assistant, Dornsife Undergraduate Academic Advising 

E-mail: avalosl@usc.edu
Office: KAP 357

Education: B.A. Business Administration, Cal State Fullerton

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact: I love to travel and experience new cultures