International Affairs Staff
Paige Brake, MS.Ed | Director, Education Abroad
615-904-8117 | Jones Hall 113 | Paige.Brake@mtsu.edu
Paige serves as the Director of Education Abroad. Her passion for global initiatives began when she studied abroad in Germany, France, and Austria as an undergraduate student. She has ten years of experience working in the International Education field. During those years, she held many positions at Austin Peay State University as a Student Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and Coordinator for the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange.
She is responsible for directing the daily operations of the Office of Education Abroad. She works closely with various stakeholders at the university including Academic Deans, Chairs, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid, the Registrar and Bursar to ensure MTSU Education Abroad programs are successful.
Juvy Burns, D.M. | Executive Assistant
615-904-8190 | Jones Hall 155 | Juvy.Burns@mtsu.edu
Dr. Burns serves as the Executive Assistant for the International Affairs Office. She monitors and reconciles budgets within the department, process requisitions, contracts, memoranda of understanding and payment authorization. She also maintains department wide records, reconciles department wide purchasing, and associated budget while serving as first point of contact for the office and assists in the planning and implementation of department wide events, manages hospitality services for guests and delegations, assists in insurance processing and supervises student workers. Dr. Burns values spirituality, humility, passion, compassion, integrity, diversity, service, and excellence.
Rehab Ghazal, Ph.D. | Associate Vice Provost
Jones Hall 151 | Rehab.Ghazal@mtsu.edu
Dr. Rehab Ghazal serves as the Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs. She
is a skilled Global Educator with vast experience in student engagement, corporate
partnerships, and program evaluation and accreditation. Dr. Ghazal’s research and work has focused on promoting cultural understanding in
educational settings and developing the professional skills of English as a Second
Language (ESL) teachers and administrators. She has received funding from the Department
of State, the Fulbright, CitiGroup International, the American Embassy in Cairo and
the Boeing Company, among others. She works with the International Affairs team on creating high-profile learning programs
and services, maximizing overall performance, and driving high-efficiency processes
615-494-8643 | Jones Hall 117 | Cindy.Habara@mtsu.edu
Cindy oversees all immigration compliance and admission matters at Middle Tennessee State University. She is responsible for ensuring the university and its students are aligned with the USCIS and SEVIS regulations. In addition, Cindy manages and assures a smooth admission process for all prospective international students here at MTSU. She supports the immigration specialist in advising students and scholars on maintaining their immigration status while studying and working in the United States. Cindy counsels students as they apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and other F and J visa benefits. She coordinates activities and services sponsored by International Affairs for currently enrolled and newly admitted students. Cindy has wide-ranging international experience, having lived in Japan for over two decades and raising two bi-cultural children.
Mei Han, Ph.D. | Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture
615-898-5718 | Miller Education Center 1600 | Mei.Han@mtsu.edu
A professor in the School of Music, Dr. Han serves as the director for the Center for Chinese Music and Culture. Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music and an internationally acclaimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither). She is responsible for planning and conducting international music and cultural programming and events. She helps bring Chinese and other music of the world to local communities and to build bridges.
Megan Richard | Analyst, Education Abroad
615-898-5179 | Jones Hall 115 | Megan.Richard@mtsu.edu
As the Education Abroad Analyst, Megan collaborates with faculty, advisors, and departments
across campus to help promote and carry out education abroad opportunities. She advises
students on the different programs and requirements to help find the program that
best suits the goals and educational interests for each student. She works with international
exchange students coming from partner universities to help make arrangements so they
can have a successful semester at MTSU. Megan has traveled extensively throughout
the United States and around the world and shares her experience and knowledge in
encouraging students to go out and have adventures of their own.
As the International Specialist, Toi Scott welcomes our international students and scholars to MTSU campus ensuring they have the resources to comply with government regulations for F and J visa holders. She also advises on how to maintain immigration status while completing Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT), helping them thrive academically and professionally.
Robert Summers, Ph.D. | Vice Provost
615-898-2116 | Robert.Summers@mtsu.edu
Dr. Summers serves as the Vice Provost for International Affairs. As such, he has primary responsibility for the international enterprise at MTSU. He oversees the Center for Asian Studies; the Center for Chinese Music and Culture; Education Abroad; International Admissions and Recruitment; International Student and Scholar Services and the Intensive English Program. Dr. Summers is a trained linguist and holds a faculty appointment in the department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He has a special interest in Neo-Vyogotskian Language Assessment; the Applications of Technology to Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy; and Comprehensive Internationalization in the academy.
As the Coordinator of Strategic Communications and Events, Matthew oversees the marketing and communication needs for the International Affairs office. He helps plan and organize activities and events for international students to participate in, with hopes of fostering a welcoming environment for them. He also creates content for social media and manages website updates. Matthew graduated from MTSU in 2017 with a BS in New Media Communication, a minor in Global Studies, and education abroad experience in Paris and Munich. Outside of work, Matthew loves to bake, participate in community theater, watch movies, play board games, and travel whenever he gets the chance.
Dr. Wilson leads MTSU’s recruitment effort for international students. He travels to strategically identified areas and countries to promote MTSU, recruit students, and build relationships. Dr. Wilson’s activities include cultivating and developing relationships with international high schools, agencies, government sponsors, and organizations that assist international students seeking to study abroad. John participates in recruitment fairs throughout the world. His efforts are targeted at the introduction of MTSU and contacting prospective international students.
Maureen Young serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost, and manager for the International Affairs office. She is responsible for coordinating and providing administrative and managerial support to the office. She also manages the international merit scholarship awards and coordinates services for the Intensive English Program.
Dr. Zheng’s responsibilities include forging institutional partnerships with Asian countries for academic and cultural exchange, organizing and hosting short term international programs, and conducting multi-cultural events. Dr. Zheng is a professor of Media Arts with extensive experience leading education abroad programs.