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Stephen Stoynoff Appointed Interim Dean of International Affairs

Stoynoff will provide strategic leadership in international education.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-30-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Office of Academic Affairs recently announced that faculty member Stephen Stoynoff (pictured), a professor of English and the director of the university’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program, was named interim dean of International Affairs.

Stoynoff’s appointment as interim dean of International Affairs is through June 30, 2014, and he will report to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn J. Wells. Stoynoff’s appointment was announced after an internal search process.

As part of his responsibilities, Stoynoff will provide strategic leadership for the Academic Affairs division in the area of international education. That includes study abroad and international student exchanges, international student recruitment and enrollment, international partnership initiatives, faculty exchange opportunities, international travel and related endeavors. Stoynoff will also oversee the university’s Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center.

Stoynoff has more than 25 years of experience in international education and has demonstrated achievements in development, management, and implementation of strategic planning and broad-based resource development for international education. He has visited more than 60 countries and spent more than five years studying and working abroad, including faculty exchanges, student exchanges, and student recruitment.

As the director of graduate studies in English at Minnesota State Mankato, Stoynoff’s work has led to record numbers of Fulbright student scholars. In 2010, Stoynoff received Minnesota State Mankato’s Global Citizen Award.

Stoynoff received a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in 1990. Prior to that received a master’s degree in English education and certificate in teaching English as a second language from Portland State University in 1984. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., in 1976.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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