Okahoma State University Oklahoma State University

Division of International Studies Staff

Division of International Studies and Outreach - Suite 107 WWC outreach@okstate.edu

Randy Kluver, Ph.D.
Randy Kluver, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Global Studies and Partnerships
405 744-6606
randy.kluver@okstate.edu
Karen Bowers
Karen Bowers
Senior Accountant
405 744-4217
karen.bowers@okstate.edu
Rodrick Chapman
Rodrick Chapman
Coordinator, International Strategic Planning
405 744-8532
rodrick.chapman@okstate.edu
Cathie Kincaid
Cathie Kincaid
Executive Assistant
405 744-6606
cathie.kincaid@okstate.edu
Jim Shideler
Jim Shideler
Coordinator, Global Contacts
405 744-4804
jim.shideler@okstate.edu

Academic Programs - Suite 204 WWC i-study@okstate.edu

Joel Jenswold, Ph.D.
Joel Jenswold, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs, School of International Studies
405 744-7693
joel.jenswold@okstate.edu
Pedram Khosronejad, Ph.D.
Pedram Khosronejad, Ph.D.
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
405 744-6179
pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu

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I am of Iranian origin, and began my studies in Tehran before moving to France with a grant to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology. At the moment i am Farzaneh Family Scholar and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the School of International Studies at the Oklahoma State University. My area of research is Iran, Persianate societies, and the Middle East more generally. In my doctoral fieldwork and also in subsequent fieldwork journeys, I have been mostly concerned with an ethnographic understanding of death and dying among a group of traditional pastoral nomads in the Southwest of Iran, called the Bakhtiari. In my doctoral thesis I explored themes closely related to the material and visual culture of death, namely, through an analysis of objects, artefacts and especially, tombstones, as well as the techniques implied in their creation and manipulation among the Bakhtiari. Besides working on such topics, which also included funerary rites, arts and mortuary beliefs, my research has been further motivated by an interest in visual piety, devotional artefacts, and religious material culture in the Middle East more broadly. I am particularly interested in understandings of memory, loss, and death, and their relation to material landscapes and visual representations.

Janet Herren
Janet Herren
Graduate Coordinator
405 744-7693
janet.herren@okstate.edu
Elizabeth Tucker
Elizabeth Tucker
Administrative Assistant
405 744-7693
elizabeth.tucker@okstate.edu

Study Abroad - 242 Student Union abroad@okstate.edu

Jeff Simpson
Jeff Simpson
Director of Study Abroad
405 744-8540
jeff.simpson10@okstate.edu
Jeff Simpson is presently the Director of Study Abroad and National Student exchange, having served previously at OSU as the Study Abroad Graduate Assistant and most recently the Study Abroad Coordinator. Prior to his role promoting study abroad for all university students in Oklahoma, he served for 16 years as the Operations Manager for a company in Arizona serving a wide range of international clients. Bringing significant international marketing experience and academic training to his current position, including NAFSA Academy certification, Simpson is able to meet the diverse requirements of study abroad leadership in these times of transition both on the OSU campus and globally. Simpson received his MS in international studies from OSU and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. His research interests include the role of faculty in internationalization as well as gender differences in student participation in international education programs. His undergraduate degree in Human Environmental Sciences was earned at the University of Arkansas with his honors capstone research completed at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Marissa Hernandez
Marissa Hernandez
Study Abroad Advisor
405 744-5593
marissa.hernandez@okstate.edu

Fulbright Office - Suite 201 WWC

Dale R. Lightfoot, Ph.D.
Dale R. Lightfoot, Ph.D.
Professor & Head, Department of Geography
405 744-6250
d.lightfoot@okstate.edu

English Language Institute - Suite 307 WWC osu-eli@okstate.edu

Fred Griffiths
Fred Griffiths
Director, ELI
405 744-8388
fred.griffiths@okstate.edu
Jeana Duncan
Jeana Duncan
Administrative Assistant
405 744-7519
jeana.duncan@okstate.edu
Soha Elfeel, Ph.D.
Soha Elfeel, Ph.D.
ESL Instructor
405 744-7519
soha.elfeel@okstate.edu
Sylvia Hill
Sylvia Hill
ESL Instructor
405 744-7519
sylvia.hill@okstate.edu
Omar Khalil
Omar Khalil
ESL Instructor
405 744-7519
omar.khalil@okstate.edu
Maya Moukaddem
Maya Moukaddem
ESL Instructor
405 744-7519
maya.moukaddem@okstate.edu
Marcia Sun
Marcia Sun
ESL Instructor
405 744-7519
marcia.sun@okstate.edu
Kay Keys
Kay Keys
Director Emeritus, ELI
405 744-7519
kay.keys@okstate.edu
Prior to becoming Director of the English Language Institute in 1989, Kay Keys served as Assistant Director and taught for a number of years in the program. With the University since 1970 and tenured in the Foreign Language Department, she has also taught Spanish and served from 1970 to 1974 as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs with responsibilities for freshman orientation, student discipline and women's programming. Under her leadership, the Institute was accepted for and has maintained membership in the prestigious UCIEP consortium. From 1995 to 2000, the Institute served as headquarters of this national consortium, and she served as Central Office Coordinator. She was a founding member of the Oklahoma affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (OKTESOL), serving as Liaison to the international TESOL as well as President of OKTESOL. In addition, she was elected to a three-year term as the representative of Administrators and Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) to NAFSA's Committee on Ethical Practice. She holds membership in Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for international scholars and is currently serving as Treasurer. Ms. Keys holds a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Foreign Language from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has studied in Mexico and traveled extensively in Latin America and Asia. As ELI Director, she has authored proposals that culminated in contracts totaling well in excess of $1,000,000. In addition, she was a chief negotiator for an ongoing multimillion-dollar university project in Japan.

UPAEP University Liaison Office - Suite 201 WWC

Alejandro Aizpuru
Alejandro Aizpuru
Director, United States of America Liaison Office
405 744-5342
aizpuru@okstate.edu

Alejandro is from Puebla City, Mexico. He is the Director of the UPAEP United States of America Liaison Office at Oklahoma State University. His main goal is to strengthen the partnership between UPAEP and OSU and with other U.S. and Mexican Institutions to increase the internationalization of the UPAEP community and its partners.

He got a Bachelor Degree in International Trade in 2006 at UPAEP University, he graduated with honors for winning the fourth best score nationally in the CENEVAL test between 3698 students from forty-four higher education institutions. In 2009, he got a Master in Management of Organizations at the UPAEP University, also he graduated with honors for having achieved the second best grade point average between all the master programs of the Graduate Business School (2009).

Since January 2007, Alejandro started working at UPAEP University. During this time he has occupied different positions. In the Business School (2007-2011) he was the Coordinator of Special Projects, Coordinator of Professional Social Service, Coordinator of the Bancomext-UPAEP Service Center, Administrative Coordinator of Continuing Education, Dean´s Executive Assistant and Business School Administrator.

In 2011, Alejandro started working in the UPAEP High School System as the Administrative and International Affairs Director, in this position he was responsible for the collection, planning and control of the budget of nine campuses of the UPAEP High School, which at that time had 1640 students and 300 employees. Also he executed many different international academic programs in the United States, China and Canada, which have involved a lot of students and teachers.

He created links to carry out future programs with institutions in Australia, Spain, Switzerland and other institutions in the United States of America. From 2009 to 2015, Alejandro was a faculty member of the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), the UPAEP University and the XXI Century University. He imparted courses in continuous education, high school, undergraduate and graduate level. He has been professor of Analysis of Consumer Behavior, Marketing Strategies, Social Responsibility Manager, Business Ethics and Business Simulator. Also, he has been synod in many professional examinations of bachelor's degrees.

International Programs - Suite 107 WWC

Rodrigo Tello
Rodrigo Tello
Director, International Programs
405 744-2748
rodrigo.tello@okstate.edu

Rodrigo Tello, native from Puebla, Mexico, has served as Director of International Programs for Oklahoma State University since September 2012. Tello graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Masters in International Studies, Business and Economic Relations in 2011. He also holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from UPAEP University and currently he is pursuing a Master’s in Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University. Tello’s involvement in the International area started back in 2005, when he represented Mexico in the SUTTI Project (Alpha Projects between the European Union and Latin America) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece for 10 months. In 2007, Tello was also selected to participate in an intensive Outreach Program at New York University. Since he took office at Oklahoma State University, he had hosted 1,200+ international students in a short-term academic program. Tello’s commitment with Oklahoma State University continued to be directing Faculty-Led, Experience Oklahoma and High School Summer Academy Programs throughout the year.

Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and Oklahoma Small Business Development - Suite 103 WWC citd1@okstate.edu

Anthony Cambas
Anthony Cambas
Director Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development
Director International Trade Center - SBDC
405 744-7128
anthony.cambas@okstate.edu

Anthony Cambas is a native of Tampa, Florida who brings more than 20 years total of public and private experience in international trade and development to the Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University. Tony is multilingual and has obtained various professional certifications and credentials including: Certified Customs Specialist (CCS), Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) and Illinois Certified Business Development Advisor.

Anthony holds a B.A. in International Relations and a Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and a Masters in International Customs Law and Administration from the University of Canberra, Australia. In 2010, he attended the World Trade Institute (WTI) Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation and WTO Law at the University of Bern in Switzerland and has also received various post- graduate certificates for studies undertaken in El Salvador in Economics, Philosophy and International Trade from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) and the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN).

Tony comes to OSU from the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and worked a total of nearly four years in the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center network at Bradley University and SIUC. In Illinois, he provided small and medium-sized companies with assistance on international trade and export related matters including: beginning to export; import/export compliance; international payments and finance; global logistics and shipping; international marketing and business development; and overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers.

Between 1992 and 1999, Anthony worked with U.S. Customs in Miami, Florida where as an Import Specialist Team Leader he participated in numerous compliance audits as well as developed, implemented, and executed trade outreach and enforcement policies and procedures for Antidumping/Countervailing, HS classification, Customs valuation, rules of origin verifications, and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement.

While with U.S. Customs, Anthony provided technical assistance to the Customs administrations of Honduras and Venezuela on the implementation of the WTO valuation standards and delivered training on combating corruption and commercial fraud. Since leaving the federal government, he has worked in the international trade and development field on short and long term USAID, European Union and other projects on SME export promotion, Customs reform and modernization, Free Trade Agreement implementation, and trade facilitation. Anthony’s international development experience includes stints as a Chief of Party and Senior Advisor and Consultant in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in 10 countries: Angola, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nepal and Nicaragua.

Rebekah Kidanemariam
Rebekah Kidanemariam
Financial Coordinator
405 744-7126
kidanem@okstate.edu

Technical Services Team - Suite 207 WWC

Andy Adsit
Andy Adsit
Analyst
405 744-2935
andy.adsit@okstate.edu
Andy Adsit currently serves as the Computer Analyst for International Education and Outreach (IEO). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University. His main responsibilities include directing computer support activities of the IEO function including server administration, application installation and maintenance, hardware installation and maintenance and supervision of computer support staff. He represents International Education and Outreach on the OSU Technology Managers Committee.
Rodrick Chapman
Rodrick Chapman
Web Developer
405 744-8532
rodrick.chapman@okstate.edu