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Stephen  Allen - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Stephen Allen

Associate Vice President for International Affairs | Southern Utah University


Specializing in international affairs in higher education, DACA in Utah, and international education partnerships


Dr. Stephen Allen serves as associate vice president of international affairs at Southern Utah University. His duties include oversight of international recruitment, international student and scholar services, and The American Language and Culture Center.

In 2017, Dr. Allen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany for developing programs and partnerships, and sharing administrative expertise with universities in Berlin.

An adjunct professor for the SUU Master of Public Administration Program, Dr. Allen teaches courses in higher education and student affairs. His specialties include international enrollment and admissions, international affairs, developing global partnerships, American visa and immigration policy, and international education. In 2008, he was elected to the Iron County School Board and currently serves as board president.

An SUU alumnus, Dr. Allen obtained a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in political science. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he earned a master of arts degree in education with specialization in student affairs, and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership.








Industry Expertise (3)


International Affairs


Areas of Expertise (13)


DACA in Higher Education

DACA in Utah

Education Abroad

Global Partnerships

History of American Higher Education

International Education

International Affairs

International Affairs in Higher Education

International Education Partnerships

Immigration Policy

Student Affairs in Higher Education

Student Services

Education (3)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Student Affairs, M.A.

Southern Utah University: B.A., Communication

Accomplishments (3)

Fulbright Scholarship (professional)

In 2017, Dr. Allen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany for developing programs and partnerships, and sharing administrative expertise with universities in Berlin.

Master Board Award (professional)

Utah School Board Association

SUUSA President's Award (professional)

Southern Utah University Thunderbird Awards

Affiliations (4)

  • AACRAO - American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Iron County School Board
  • NAFSA - Association of International Educators
  • NASPA - National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Media Appearances (5)

Center honors Helen Foster Snow

China Daily  online


Helen Foster Snow seen as representing 'wonderful values' in China-US relations. The cultural center is the first public entity in the US that bears the name of Helen Foster Snow, the American journalist, author and activist who built a bridge of friendship between the US and China, starting in the 1930s. Her memory still inspires collaboration across cultures, ideologies and borders.

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Our Continued Commitment to Being a Global Campus

SUU News  online


SUU Associate Provost for International Affairs Stephen Allen recalls historical events that can help many students relate to the current situation related to emigration.

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SUU Launches Prestigious Confucius Institute

St. George News  online


Southern Utah University recently announced the launch of the Confucius Institute on SUU’s campus, which is a partnership with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and Hunan Normal University in China. “To be awarded as a Confucius Institute is a rare gift, typically given to large research universities,” SUU Vice Provost Dr. Stephen Allen said.

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SUU Welcomes Polynesian Dignitaries

Deming Headlight  online


It was a night of celebration and dance as Southern Utah University welcomed Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, ambassador of Samoa to the United Nations and United States as well as Sela Tukia, consul general of the Kingdom of Tonga to the U.S. to Cedar City with a dinner and gift exchange in the Great Hall at SUU. SUU Vice Provost for International Affairs Stephen Allen said Friday’s visit was an important first step in the university’s heightened efforts to recruit, accommodate and — most importantly — support students from various cultural origins.

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Education is about big learning

The Korea Times  online


One of the most common misconceptions Korean students have about studying at an American college is that it will dramatically improve their English. But for many of them this is proven untrue by the time they graduate. Stephen Allen, associate vice president for enrollment management at Southern Utah University (SUU), said that choosing a college should be about "getting big value" rather than just the advantages of a big name.

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Articles (1)

SUU’s Dr. Stephen Allen Participates in Fulbright Program

The Independent


For three weeks in October, Dr. Stephen Allen, associate provost for international affairs at Southern Utah University, traveled to Germany as a part of the German-American Fulbright Program. Administrators from 12 schools all over the United States with experience in international education are selected each year to travel to Berlin for a comprehensive introduction to the German higher education system and to foster international relationships among institutions of higher learning.

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Courses (2)

PADM 6580 The History of American Higher Education

This course explores the historical foundations and evolution of higher education to understand the emergence of American higher education and some of the social, cultural, and political events of historical significance. Students will develop context from which to appreciate the ever-changing landscape of higher education as well as the impact societal expectations have on higher education.

PADM 6550 Student Affairs in Higher Education

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Student Affairs profession. Historical, ethical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations are explored. Core competencies and functional areas within the profession, diversity of institutional type, student populations, characteristics of today’s college students, and com temporary issues are examined.