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Dr. Chad Stebbins, Director Chad-Stebbins.jpg

Dr. 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, Nepal, Russia, China, Taiwan, Senegal, Ivory Coast, the British Virgin Islands, Cube, and Australia 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.

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Aaron 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 Intensive 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.

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Administrative Assistant 
Webster Hall, Room 337-C
Fax: 417-659-4445

International Education

"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)