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Joy Stevenson

Honored for her work with international students, Dr. Joy Stevenson has retired as director emerita of the International Center. Her 31-year career at UCM began as an international student advisor, in addition to teaching in areas of archaeology, higher education administration and academic enrichment. She served as interim director in the areas of specialized services and international admissions and has held positions that include director of international student scholar services and interim director and director of international programs. She has recruited UCM students and built positive relationships with university friends and supporters across the globe.

Dr. Stevenson in May 2014 was recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Educators as recipient of the Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service for her decades of service to the organization. This includes serving as a past NAFSA vice president for member relations, authoring NAFSA publications, and her many contributions to the professional development of colleagues through mentorship. In spring 2014, she also received UCM’s John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff.


In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Stevenson has served in leadership capacities for various international organizations.