UT Tyler

OIP, IELI and the College of Education and Psychology - School of Education

Teresa Kennedy

Title: Assistant Vice President for International Programs and Senior International Officer; Executive Director, Intensive English Language Institute (IELI); Professor, Bilingual STEM Education
Department: OIP, IELI and the College of Education and Psychology - School of Education
Building: 3620 Varsity Drive/BEP 246
Email: tkennedy@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.565.0120


Dr. Kennedy joined the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 and holds a joint appointment as Professor of bilingual science education/STEM Education in the College of Education and Psychology and in the College of Engineering.  She also serves as the Assistant Vice President for International Programs and leads the activities conducted by UT Tyler's Office of International Programs (OIP), responsible for managing several cross-functional units including Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Travel Study Programs; International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services; International Research and Engagement; International Recruitment and Marketing; and serving as the Executive Director of the UT Tyler Intensive English Language Institute (IELI). As the Senior International Officer for UT Tyler, she served as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for F Student Program activities (January 2014 - May 2017) and as the Responsible Officer (RO) for J Exchange Visitor Program activities working with the U.S. Department of State Student Exchange and Visitor Program (July 2013 - present).  In addition, Dr. Kennedy is a trained U.S. Department of State Passport Acceptance Agent and serves as the Program Manager for UT Tyler's Passport Acceptance Facility, an international community service offered by the Intensive English Language Institute. 

Dr. Kennedy has traveled to over 100 countries and two U.S. Territories through her work and educational experiences, has taught language, science/engineering, and social studies lessons in classrooms around the world, and currently serves on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Non-Governmental Organization Liaison Committee.  She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina (2014-2015) and in Ecuador (1993); and also participated in Fulbright Study Abroad Capacity Building Workshop in Hungary (2017).

Past positions include serving as the Deputy Director and Director of the International Division for NASA's GLOBE Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for nearly 12 years, responsible for facilitating activities in GLOBE's 112 partner countries working with NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) and the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to her position at UCAR, she was an Associate Research Professor of Education at the University of Idaho where she also served as the NASA Broker Facilitator for the State of Idaho and as the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center for the College of Engineering NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium. In addition, she served as an adjunct professor for Washington State University, the University of Alabama, and Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in Bilingual STEM Education from the University of Idaho in 1998. She studied abroad in Valencia, Spain in 1982-83, as well as in San Sebastian, Spain in 1999.

Traveled to 103 countries: 
Asia and the Pacific (20): 
Australia; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kazakhstan; South Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; New Zealand; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; and Thailand.

Africa (11): 
Burundi; Cameroon; Egypt; Ethiopia; Kenya; Madagascar; Morocco; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; and Tanzania.

Europe (38): 
Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark: England; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Greenland; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Malta; Monaco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Russia; Scotland; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; Vatican City and Wales.

Latin America and the Caribbean (23): 
Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Bolivia; Brazil; British Virgin Islands; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Cayman Islands; Haiti; Jamaica; México; Nicaragua; Panamá; Paraguay; Perú; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay and Venezuela.

Middle East (9): 
Bahrain; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

North America (2): 
Canada and the United States.

Plus 2 U.S. Territories: 
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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