GradFam Faculty

Scott Smith, Residential Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor, Writing Program

Scott Smith (GRUF- East)Scott Andrew Smith is an Associate Professor in The Writing Program at USC. He began his faculty work in 2000 and his role as a Residential Faculty in 2003, first at Deans Hall and now at Hillview Apartments. He teaches Writing 340, specializing in the Visual & Performing Arts and Arts & Humanities. He has also taught Writing 340 for Engineers as part of Viterbi’s School of Engineering Summer Abroad Program. Scott also serves on his Program’s Hiring Committee as Diversity Liaison.
What he enjoys about being a Residential Faculty is the chance to interact with students outside of the classroom, away from the expectations and stress of work and grades. He truly enjoys showing students new to Los Angeles—and often the United States—the city, taking them to events ranging from Silent Movies to museums to meals at interesting restaurants. He enjoys having engaging conversations about ideas and thoughts with student-residents, to find out what they think about films and exhibits we’ve seen, to discover more about their lives and culture, to know how they are getting along in Los Angeles and, often, in America. Scott also likes offering them a space to simply relax a bit each week, by way of a weekly silent meditation and once-a-month “Smoothies Nights.”
In addition to his work at the university and as a Residential Faculty, Scott is an active and fervent practitioner of hot yoga and Masters Swimming, and spends a good amount of time exploring Los Angeles’s neighborhoods and cafes. He spends his summers traveling, has been a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for the past 10-plus years, and does a bit of performing and acting, doing the occasional short film or play and working as a “talker/carnival barker/host” for FreakShow Deluxe, Hollywood’s Own and Only Carnival-Style Sideshow.


Kimberly Lenington, Residential Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

Kimberly Lenington

Kimberly Perring is a clinical faculty member at Keck Hospital of USC where she provides direct patient care and works closely with populations affected by continence-related health issues in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Perring completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Chapman University followed by her master’s degree and clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. As a doctoral resident at Keck Hospital of USC, Dr. Perring focused on delivering acute care services for patients affected by continence-related health issues. Her efforts resulted in expanding occupational therapy’s role with this population as well as raising awareness about the effects of these issues on overall quality of life and participation in occupation.