The USC MAT Advising team provides academic advising and student services for graduate students in the MAT, MAT-TESOL, and ME-Advanced Instruction Programs at theUSC Rossier School of Education.  We are excited to welcome our students, faculty, staff, and guests to our blog. We hope each of you will visit regularly to receive important information and updates, as well as read special and interesting features from our office.
This blog is managed by the academic advising team for the MAT, MAT-TESOL, & ME-Advanced Instruction Programs at USC Rossier School of Education. Feel free to leave comments, questions, and feedback on this blog, or you can email us at matadvising@usc.edu/askmat@usc.edu

Meet the Team

James Hayashi
Writing Advisor


As a graduate of USC, where I earned my Master of Professional Writing, I’m glad to return to aid fellow Trojans become the teachers of tomorrow. Prior to becoming the Masters Programs & MAT Writing Advisor, I worked in USC’s Writing Program teaching undergraduate composition and previously taught English at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I’m a native Angelino who earned his B.A. in English and B.S. in psychobiology at the “other” major university in Los Angeles. The Writing Advisor position is still relatively new, so I welcome feedback from students on the types of writing problems they typically encounter; this will help me develop the best possible resources for our students. When I’m not helping students–and annoying friends–as the grammar police, I enjoy reading, writing non-fiction, vegetable gardening, going to the gym, and looking for new iPad applications.

Erlis Murph
Academic Advisor

IMG_7706I am from a small town in the Midwest called Chicago and despite living in Laker Land, I am a diehard Bulls fan. I consider myself a motivator, counselor, and “advisor extraordinaire!” My journey in higher education started in student affairs and student services back in 1989, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have been very fortunate to work at some great institutions with some of the best students, staffs, and faculty. My positions have ranged from Orientation Leader and Admissions Counselor to Associate Director. Of the many positions I’ve held, I will always cherish my role as an Academic Advisor. For me, advising isn’t just a job; it’s my Passion! My goal is to empower my students with the information and confidence they need to obtain their degrees. Your success is my success! When I’m not guiding my students towards graduation and commencement, you can probably find me collecting and spinning the best music in the world, Chicago House Music!

imageedit_1_3159888178Dayna Enriquez
Academic Advisor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I feel right at home at USC. I earned both my Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of La Verne. I am passionate about higher education and being a change agent by providing opportunities to students of all backgrounds. My goals are to inspire students and authenticate their educational experience. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am always ready for an adventure and believe that all things in life are beautiful. I’m excited to be part of an active team of change agents and I look forward to continuing to support USC, Rossier, my team, and our students.


Timothy Khuu, M.Ed.
Academic Advisor

imageedit_2_8308515749.gifSome details about me (in case you were wondering!): I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California (Go Chargers- oops, too soon?). I attended UC-Irvine (Zot zot!) for my undergraduate degree in Film and Media Studies, and USC (Fight On!) where I obtained my Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs here at the Rossier School of Education! In between my time at UCI and USC, I spent two wonderful years teaching English at a high school in Daegu, South Korea. Before starting this role at USC, I worked at Cal Poly Pomona with their orientation services. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my partner, family, friends, and trying new foods and restaurants. I also enjoy watching and playing sports, cooking, watching movies, and on occasion, fishing!

I am excited to be back at USC and to have the opportunity to support Trojans towards their academic and professional goals. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions. I look forward to working with you!


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