Dr. Daniel Norton, currently director of international programs at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, will take over as director of the office of international studies and programs starting Sept. 1.He
will replace Dr. Leon Hallman, who is retiring.
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I'm really looking forward to working with the administration, faculty, staff and students of SFA," Norton
has a variety of plans for the OISP."As director of the OISP, I've been given a clear charge to build on the outstanding ground breaking efforts of the current director, Dr. Leon Hallman," Norton said.
"I've been given the chance to lead the effort to internationalize SFA by recruiting more undergraduate and graduate international students, developing and promoting student and faculty exchanges and promoting international content in the curriculum."The Office of International Studies and Programs
will also continue to provide orientation, programming and advocacy for international students and faculty, coordinate the schedules and activities of international visitors and facilitate international programming for the campus and community."He
decided to apply for the position after reading the job description.
"When I read the position description, it seemed like a perfect match for me, and that evening a close friend and colleague visited our home," Norton
said."When I mentioned the position at SFA
related that he
had spoken there for a conference and found it to be a beautiful campus and encouraged me to apply."He
said visiting the campus also helped him with his
"When I visited SFA
, I was very impressed," Norton
is full of potential.
"Your University is really a gem - a beautiful campus, excellent faculty, strong academic programs, affordable tuition costs, with access to Houston and Dallas, two of the ten biggest cities in the US," Norton
said.Norton received his doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his master's from the University of South Florida.He
experiences with international students make him uniquely qualified.
"I have many years of experience in teaching and advising international students and have taught students from over 100 different countries to date, which has helped me understand how to best promote and support international and intercultural study," Norton
said.In addition, he served on the English faculty at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates from 1999 to 2002.
"Teaching at AUS
was such an enriching experience," Norton
said."I was also fortunate to be part of many program-building experiences there as enrollment increased from 900 students to over 3,000 students in those three years.The faculty and students were so diverse and that experience really reinforced for me the tremendous, life-changing value of teaching and learning overseas."Besides serving as director of international programs, Norton is also an assistant professor of modern languages at Muskingum College.