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  • Scott Cantrell, Director, International House and International Student and Scholar Services
  • Em Chitty, Interim Director, English Language Institute
  • Anne Hulse, Interim Director, Programs Abroad Office
  • Jamie McGowan, Director, Global Research Office
  • Rachel Rui, Director, Office of Communications and Office of Asia Engagement
Scott Cantrell

Scott Cantrell

Scott Cantrell, Director

International House
International Student and Scholar Services

Scott Cantrell is the Director responsible for both International House and International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for Global Engagement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Ball State University and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Central Missouri University. Cantrell is no stranger to life as an international. He studied abroad in Mexico as an undergraduate. He has also lived and worked in Germany for two years, and the United Kingdom for ten.

Em Chitty, Interim Director

English Language Institute

The author of “How We Really Talk: Using Phrasal Verbs in English and Spelling and Sound: Spelling Common Words in English”, Em Chitty has taught English as a Second Language for nearly 35 years, 13 of them at the English Language Institute. She looks forward to building on and expanding the English Language Institute’s mission and connection to both the local and international communities. She has served as a Fulbright scholarship application judge and coordinated a US State Department Humphrey Fellow workshop on global challenges for women entrepreneurs. At UTK, she piloted and taught an introduction to teach for international graduate teaching assistants and has presented at a number of professional conferences. Her off-campus interests include singing jazz standards and gardening.

Gretchen Neisler, Vice Provost for International Affairs,

Director, Center for Global Engagement

Interim Director, Programs Abroad Office




Jamie McGowan

Jamie McGowan

Jamie McGowan, Director

Global Research Office

Jamie McGowan joined CGE as the Director of the Global Research Office in August 2019. She obtained her PhD and M.A. degrees in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Geography from Macalester College.

As the director of the Global Research Office, McGowan’s responsibilities include administering Global Catalyst research grants, overseeing global partnership development, strategizing with faculty and helping assess readiness for global research engagements, and providing proposal development support.

Rachel Rui

Rachel Rui, Director

Office of Asia Engagement (OAE)
Office of Communications

Rachel Rui joined CGE in September 2019. As the communications director, her responsibilities include strategic planning and execution of communication strategies to build a global brand for UT and providing services to CGE units for their communication needs. Her work at OAE focuses on building and maintaining partnerships in Asia, promoting cultural diversity, increasing students and faculty’s mobility, and improving community outreach. Rui obtained both her Master’s and PhD degrees in Communication and Information from UT.