International Affairs Staff



Tammy Freeze | Secretary
615-904-8190 | Jones Hall

Tammy serves as the primary contact for the International Enrollment and Services Office by answering the phone, providing general information, taking messages and/or routing calls as appropriate. She also greets and assists visitors, determines the nature of business, and responds to general questions and/or directs to the appropriate staff or other offices.



Cindy Habara | Immigration specialist, Undergraduate

615-494-8643 | Jones Hall 117 |

Cindy is responsible for assisting international undergraduate students through the admission and immigration process to join our community here at MTSU. In addition, she advises students on maintaining status while studying in the U.S. Cindy counsels undergraduate students as they apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).


Mei Han

Mei Han, Ph.D. | Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture
615-898-5718 | Miller Education Center 1600 |

An associate 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 claimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither). She is responsible for planning and conducting international music and cultural programming and events. In doing so, she helps bring Chinese and other world music to local communities to build bridges among peoples.


Tongia Key | Analyst, International Graduate Enrollment
615-898-2843 | Jones Hall 119 |

Tongia processes applications for prospective international graduate students. She also processes intent to graduate forms, thesis/dissertation forms (i.e., committee forms, approval forms), and degree plan revision forms for all graduate students.



Dr. Summers

Robert  Summers, Ph.D. | Vice Provost 
615-898-2116 |

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 Services; and the Intensive English Program.  Summers is a trained linguist and holds 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.


John Wilson, Ed.D. | International Student Recruiter
615-494-8767 | Jones Hall 108 |

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. Activities include cultivating and developing relationships with international high schools, agencies, government sponsors, and other organizations that assist international students to study abroad. John participates in recruitment fairs throughout the world to introduce MTSU and make contact with prospective international students. 

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Maureen Young | Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost & Office Manager
615-898-2116 | Jones Hall 161 |

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 manages and administers the international merit scholarship awards and coordinates services for the Intensive English Program. 

Dr. ZhengGuanping Zheng, Ph.D. | Director, Center for Asian Studies
615-904-8365 | Miller Education Center 3200 |


Dr. Zheng 's responsibilities include forging institutional partnerships with Asian countries for academic and cultural exchange, organizing and hosting short term international programs, conducting multi-cultural events. He is a professor of Media Arts with extensive experience in leading education abroad programs.


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