About the Center for International Education (CIE) and International Programming Committee (IPC)

The Center for International Education at Maryville College supports the academic and personal development of students wishing to study abroad. The CIE also works with international students coming to the College to assist with their adjustment to college and to the United States. We have

The Center for International Education will work with the International Programming Committee to offer services for students including:


CIE Staff

Kirsten Sheppard | Director, International Education

+1-865-273-8991 | kirsten.sheppard@maryvillecollege.edu

Kirsten Sheppard grew up in Calgary, Canada. She has been at Maryville College, in the Smoky Mountains, for the last five years, and is the Director of the Center for International Education. She first studied abroad when she was 13, travelling on a short-term study abroad program throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. As an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, she studied abroad in Mexico, and then spent about six years working and living abroad in Europe, Asia and the UAE. She completed her MA in International Education at the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute) in Brattleboro, VT. She enjoys helping both international and US students figure out how to make the most of their experiences abroad. She has travelled to many countries but always looks forward to her next trip, be it within the U.S. or abroad. Research interests include assessment of study abroad impact, crisis management, and re-entry programming.

Micki Pruitt | Office Manager & ESL Program Coordinator

+1-865-981-8186 | micki.pruitt@maryvillecollege.edu

Micki Pruitt, ESL coordinator and office manager, has been at the college for five years. Because of her love for all people and her desire to learn about other cultures, she began to host students in her home and has since hosted more than 50 students. These interests also led her to the International House, where she works with students on a daily basis and shares her passion for sports, hiking, dancing, and civil rights with the students. As the unofficial "mom" at the I-House, she looks forward to making Maryville College a home away from home for many future students.

Brian Todd | International Admissions & Recruitment

+1-865-981-8183 | brian.todd@maryvillecollege.edu

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Brian grew up in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, and near Huntsville, Alabama. His first international experience was attending the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. Since then he has been fascinated with learning about other cultures. Brian attended Carson-Newman College and the University of Tennessee. Brian has worked in international student services for 13 years at three different colleges and universities. Brian’s hobbies include playing soccer with friends and exploring the outdoors through camping and hiking in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Brian especially enjoys meeting interesting people from around the world both on campus and when he travels to other countries.

Delie Bullock | Assistant Director of ESL & Senior Teacher
Yevgeniya (Yevie) Teyfukova | Intern
Brieana Kepley | Work Study