About the Center for International Education (CIE) and International Programming Committee (IPC)

The Center for International Education at Maryville College supports the academic and personal development of students wishing to study abroad. The CIE also works with international students coming to the College to assist with their adjustment to college and to the United States. 

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Kirsten Sheppard | Director, International Education

+1-865-273-8991 | kirsten.sheppard@maryvillecollege.edu

Kirsten PhotoKirsten Sheppard grew up in Calgary, Canada. She has been at Maryville College, in the Smoky Mountains since 2004, and is the Director of the Center for International Education. She first studied abroad when she was 13, travelling on a short-term study abroad program throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. As an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, she studied abroad in Mexico, and then spent six years working and living abroad in Europe, Asia and the UAE. She completed her MA in International Education at the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute) in Brattleboro, VT. She enjoys helping both international and US students figure out how to make the most of their experiences abroad. She has travelled to many countries but always looks forward to her next trip, be it within the U.S. or abroad. Research interests include helping students develop global competencies, assessment of study abroad impact, crisis management, and re-entry programming.  Interesting Fact?  Kirsten was a professional high diver for 7 years and a national-level competitive diver for 10 years.

Micki Pruitt | Office Manager & ESL Program Coordinator

+1-865-981-8186 | micki.pruitt@maryvillecollege.edu

Micki PhotoMicki Pruitt, ESL coordinator and office manager, has been at the college since 2004. Because of her love for all people and her desire to learn about other cultures, she began to host students in her home and has since hosted more than 50 students. These interests also led her to the International House, where she works with students on a daily basis and shares her passion for sports, hiking, dancing, and civil rights with the students. As the unofficial "mom" at the I-House, she looks forward to making Maryville College a home away from home for many future students.

Ahmed Abdelrahman | Assistant Director of International Admissions and Recruitment
Delie Bullock | Assistant Director of ESL

+1-865-981-8471 | delie.bullock@maryvillecollege.edu

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Brandi Coley | Lead ESL Instructor
Cindy Columbus | International Programs Coordinator

+1-865-981-8185 | cindy.columbus@maryvillecollege.edu 

Cindy is the newest member of the International House staff!  She will be spending the 2017-2018 year at Maryville College working on Study Abroad and International Student Services programs.  She will also be the Court Street Apartment Manager for Residence Life.  Cindy is currently completing her Master of Arts in International Education degree from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT.  She comes to Maryville College all the way from Massachusetts.  Previously, she spent two years teaching English in Milan, Italy.