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"Missouri Southern State University is hereby designated and shall hereafter be operated as a statewide institution of international or global education. The institution shall develop such academic support programs and public service activities it deems necessary and appropriate to establish international or global education as a distinctive theme of its mission."

Missouri Revised Statutes (2005)

Institute Faculty and Staff

Dr. Chad Stebbins, Director

Chad StebbinsDr. Chad Stebbins
Phone: 417-625-9736
Fax: 417-659-4445

Dr. Chad D. Stebbins became director of the Institute of International Studies on July 1, 1999, after spending 16 months as assistant director. Dr. Stebbins is also a professor of journalism and advised Missouri Southern's weekly student newspaper, The Chart, for 15 years. He has a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Central Missouri and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Bowling Green State University. A scholar in community journalism, Dr. Stebbins is the author of All the News Is Fit to Print: Profile of a Country Editor, published by the University of Missouri Press in 1998. He is also the executive director of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, which is headquartered at Missouri Southern. Stebbins has traveled to France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, England, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, China, Taiwan, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and the British Virgin Islands speaking at international conferences and negotiating agreements and partnerships for Missouri Southern. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Paris-based Center for the Study of International Communications and has helped develop the International Media Seminar in conjunction with the Center and the American University of Paris. He served as president of the statewide Study Missouri consortium from 2011-13.

Aaron Carmichael, IEP Director

Aaron CarmichaelAaron Carmichael
Phone: 417-625-9573
Fax: 417-659-4445

Aaron Carmichael has taught English in a variety of contexts since 2006. He served as an instructor in the English Department of Zhengzhou University in Henan, China, from 2006-2009, and taught English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at Zhengzhou Chest Hospital from 2009-2011. He has been teaching in the International English Program at Missouri Southern State University since 2013. Aaron graduated from Ozark Christian College in Joplin with a B.A. in Biblical Literature, and from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, with an M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. He has lived and traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia, and has led cross-cultural service projects in Mexico, Haiti, and Kenya. Aaron teaches composition in the IEP, and he is particularly interested in how cultural differences influence modes of written communication for second-language English learners.

Kevin Keller, Assistant Professor

Kevin Keller Kevin Keller
Phone: 417-625-9871
Fax: 417-659-4445

Kevin Keller has explored ESL instruction across many cultures and environments. He has taught ESL at Missouri State’s English Language Institute. Additionally, Kevin has worked with Latin immigrant communities of southwest Missouri and New York City’s Spanish Harlem. Prior to ESL instruction, he was a Spanish instructor for many years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s in TESOL Education from Missouri State University. At Missouri Southern State University, Kevin is the IEP’s reading coordinator. His research is primarily concerned with reading curriculum development across course levels in the university IEP. Kevin aims to provide success and ease for ESL students as they transition into university reading expectations. In his free time, Kevin travels frequently throughout Latin America. At home, he enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and SKYPE chatting with friends around the world.

Cindy Jordan, Administrative Assistant

Cindy Jordan Cindy Jordan
Phone: 417-659-4442
Fax: 417-659-4445

Cindy Jordan is the administrative assistant for the Institute of International Studies. She came to MSSU in 1992 and has worked in several different areas before joining the Institute in December 2009. Her hobbies include reading, camping, boating, and traveling. Although she has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., she has never traveled abroad, but hopes to someday. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Jordan made a near miraculous recovery from severe injuries sustained in the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado and was able to return to work on Sept. 12, 2011.