Community Faculty

Darnell Cole (Community- EAST)Darnell Cole

Faculty Master, Community
Associate Professor, Education

Dr. Darnell Cole is an Associate Professor of Education with an emphasis in higher education and education psychology. His areas of research include college student experiences, student-faculty interactions, diversity (i.e. race, gender, religion, and international comparisons), and learning. Previously he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa (Honolulu). He was also a faculty member at Marquette University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of College Student Development.

He has received over $7.5M in grants and contracts. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters and is featured in the major journals for higher education and other related fields including The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, NASPA Journal, Journal of Classroom Behavior, and Journal of Creative Behavior. He has begun to extend this most recent area of research to polytechnic students in Singapore, and university students in Malaysia and Thailand.


Victor Jones (Community)Victor Jones

Residential Faculty, Community
Associate Professor, Writing Program

Victor Jones is a principal of Los Angeles based Fievre Jones, cultural activist, and writer. His research lies at the intersection of architecture, urban design and social practice within cities. Recent design projects include the Platform for Watts House Project (2011) and a skate park for New Orleans’ City Park (2009). His design work has been supported by numerous grants, including the Graham Foundation, Artplaces, and the Nathan Cummings foundation.

Jones started working as a Residential Faculty Fellow in August 2014.  During his first year he initiated the Founders Cultural Award, which sponsors underrepresented artists from diverse communities to produce an exhibition on the USC campus.  The first Founders Cultural Award was granted to Basque-American photographer Koitz.  Entitled Fire Island: Out in the Sun, the exhibition captured the exceptional qualities of gay life on the fragile barrier island of Fire Island.  Jones received his B.ARCH in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a MARCH Degree from Harvard University. He has worked as a designer for Richard Meier + Partners in Los Angeles, and Chaix & Morel in Paris. Until 2009, he was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tulane University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California.


Ashley Uyeshiro (East)Ashley Uyeshiro Simon

Residential Faculty, Community
Assistant Professor, Clinical Occupational Therapy

Ashley Uyeshiro Simon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy in the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She works at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she helps people make lifestyle changes to their daily habits and routines in order to manage and promote health. She treats patients, teaches an elective class in the Spring to our Master’s students, and teaches students who rotate through her clinic how to treat patients using the Lifestyle Redesign® OT approach that was invented here at USC. She has been a faculty for five years, but did her undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral studies at USC as well.

This will be Ashley’s third year as a Resident Faculty Fellow in Sierra Apartments in the East Area. She truly enjoys the opportunity to connect with residents and support their endeavors, both academic and otherwise. As the East Area is closest to downtown and usually supports a large number of upperclassmen and graduate students, she relishes students’ desires to explore the city and expand their understanding of Los Angeles and the multi-cultural environment around USC. She enjoys programming events that support any form of personal growth and exploration, health and wellness, or just plain fun. She lives her her husband, who also happens to work at USC, and their dog Sophia.