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Office of International Students and Scholars
International Studies and Programs
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 105
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
Tel: 517-353-1720
Fax: 517-355-4657
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105 International Center


Biography: James Dorsett is the director at OISS. James has master's degrees in Soviet History and in Higher Education from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in History from Baylor University. Before coming to MSU, James served as the director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Iowa State University, where he was also the interim dean of students for 2011-2012. Before Iowa State, James served as the director of the Office of International Students and Scholars at Wayne State University after working at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He has held national leadership positions in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, including chair of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services, member of the Leadership Development Committee, dean of the Management Basics Professional Development Workshop, and lead writer for the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners Workshop. James has also served as chair and regulatory ombudsperson for NAFSA Region V. James' first international experience was as an exchange student to The Netherlands after high school. He went on later to work in Germany while in the U.S. Army. James' final extensive overseas experience was in Russia where he spent a year studying how a Russian university was adjusting following the fall of the Soviet Union. The best thing about his job is learning more about the lives of the MSU international students and scholars and how to help them.