Stephen C. Dunnett, Ph.D. is Vice Provost for International Education and professor of Foreign Language Education in the Graduate School of Education (GSE). He is also the founder and director of UB’s English Language Institute and has been on the faculty of UB since 1971. A distinguished leader in the field of international education, Dunnett has served in senior roles in the Association for International Education Administrators, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the European Association for International Education, and has been honored with their leadership and service awards.
As Vice Provost for International Education, Dunnett is the chief university officer responsible for the comprehensive internationalization of UB in accordance with the strategic plan “The Global Imperative: Making UB an International University.” He oversees all centralized international programs and services at UB, which include: international recruitment and admissions; international student and scholar services; immigration services for visiting scholars and international staff; study abroad and exchange programs; overseas instructional centers in India, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore; sponsored international development activities in training and research; and the internationalization of university curricula.
His research and publications concern the relationship between language and culture, in particular, the problems of Asian language speakers in the acquisition of English and factors affecting the adaptation of international students to life and study in the United States. Dunnett is also interested in comparative education with particular reference to the Asian and American systems of higher education. In 1984-85, he was a Fulbright researcher at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and in 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A Distinguished Alumnus of GSE, Dunnett received the UB President’s Medal for outstanding service to the University in 2007.