University Bulletin 2022-23

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Global USA

Global USA   (251) 460-6283
Associate VP for Global Engagement Dr. Richard W. Carter
Coordinator, Global USA Support Services Ms. Sharon Leinhos

Global USA is a division of Academic Affairs and is the central international office for the University of South Alabama. This division supports the University's Strategic Priority of Global Engagement by working with colleges, departments, faculty, staff, students and the Mobile area community to facilitate the comprehensive internationalization of the University of South Alabama.

Global USA encompasses all international and continuing education offices on the university's main campus in Mobile as well as our satellite campus in Fairhope, Alabama.  

The Office of Immigration is designed to handle immigration and compliance for both students and scholars. The Office of International Admissions and Student Programs is specifically designed to assist with admissions, support services, and activities for international students and scholars. The Office of Global Outreach is in charge of all international recruiting. The Office of International Education connects students to study abroad programs in a variety of countries, facilitates foreign exchange programs and works with international partnerships. The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services designs international and domestic camps, offers training programs and certificate programs, plans conferences and special events as well as provide continuing education for adults.  USA Baldwin County offers another location for students to take credit and non-credit courses as well as being the site for many university and community events.

Global USA is here to serve and support our international students and scholars as well as our domestic students who are interested in traveling and studying all over the world.

Global Outreach 

Global Outreach  (251) 460-7800
Interim Director Mrs. Maya Pereira De Andrade
Coordinator, Global USA Support Services Ms. Sharon Leinhos

The Office of Global Outreach oversees and implements the University of South Alabama’s strategic plan for international student recruitment. Along with international and domestic recruitment travel, the Office of Global Outreach works closely with various educational organizations, institutions, consultancies and partners abroad. Faculty, staff, and university partners interested in collaborating with the Office of Global Outreach for international student recruitment should contact for more information.  Prospective students can visit to learn more.

Office of Immigration 

Office of Immigration  251-460-6050
Director Ms. Denise Robb
Immigration Manager Mr. Maurice Chavarry Sr.
Secretary Mrs. Gwendolyn Jones

The Office of Immigration at the University of South Alabama is responsible for immigration compliance for those foreign national students, scholars, faculty, physicians, and staff associated with the University and USA Health. The University of South Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion or national origin. These provisions also apply to disabled individuals pursuant to current federal and state regulations subject to reasonable standards of admission and employment.

immigration Compliance

The Office of Immigration is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures associated with U.S. immigration compliance functions for foreign nationals associated with current and potential nonimmigrant degree and non-degree students, nonimmigrant faculty/staff employment, J exchange scholars (including postdoctoral trainees, medical trainees, degree and non-degree students, professors and research scholars), academic/co-curricular exchange program participants and international guests.  Inquiries regarding immigration matters should be emailed to  For specific immigration policies and procedure, please visit

Office of International Admissions and student Programs

Office of International Admissions and Student Programs 251-460-6050
Director Mrs. Heather Nix
Coordinator, International Student Services Mrs. Justine Burbank
International Admissions Specialist Mrs. Alina Usyk
Secretary Mrs. Gwendolyn Jones

The Office of International Admissions and Student Programs at the University of South Alabama is responsible for the processing  of applications for admission submitted by non-citizens The University of South Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion or national origin. These provisions also apply to disabled individuals pursuant to current federal and state regulations subject to reasonable standards of admission and employment.


The Office of International Admissions and Student Programs processes all non-citizen applications for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of South Alabama. Inquiries about admission for non-citizens should be addressed to the Office of International Admissions and Student Programs, 390 Student Center Circle, Meisler Hall, Suite 2200, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, or e-mail at For specific International Admissions policies and procedure, please visit

Office of International Education

Office of International Education (251) 460-7053
Director of International Education Dr. Bri Ard
Assistant Director of International Programs Ms. Shawn Dillard
Education Abroad Advisor Ms. Jan-Dominique Santos
International Programs Assistant Ms. Elizabeth Calhoun
International Education Programs (IEP) Advisor  TBD

The Office of International Education provides to the University community information and support on international initiatives and is responsible for Education Abroad, student exchange and international partnerships as well as providing assistance with visiting international delegations, reviewing and approving university related travel abroad for students, faculty, and staff.  OIE is actively involved in facilitating international academic exchange programs and additional international agreements for the University.  

The Office of International Education is available for collaboration with local governmental, business and community organizations that foster international cooperation, exchange and understanding. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Education. The director chairs the University Council on International Education and Scholarship (USACIES), whose members are appointed by the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and charged with disseminating information, developing, and guiding policy and planning for USA in the international arena.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Education administers all USA Education Abroad Programs and international cooperation agreements/contracts. In addition, the Director of International Education works in collaboration with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development.

All USA students who plan to participate in a study, research, internship, work or virtual abroad opportunity must contact the Office of International Education for information on program advising and approval procedures.

Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services

Center for Continuing Education & Conference Services  Alpha Hall East 214
(251) 460-7200
Interim Director Joy Aull
Program Director Ginger Wade
Support Staff/Student Assistants Rachel English
Autumn Faulkner
Ana Claire Giffin
Gabby Javis
Alaynna Surcouf
Accountant Patricia Miles
Hazardous Material Instructors Reggie Norton

The mission of the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services (CCE or the Center) is to provide innovative and in-demand educational programs and experiences to the Mobile, Gulf Coast and international communities focused on growing strategic partnerships, providing student enrichment opportunities and encouraging economic, civic and cultural development. The CCE offers professional and career development opportunities through noncredit seminars, courses and certificate programs. The Center also works with local businesses and industry to provide custom training solutions.  In addition, the CCE enriches the lives of individuals who seek to invigorate their minds through noncredit enrichment course offerings including: foreign languages,  art, music, literature, and leisure activities. The Center administers the awarding of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and issues transcripts for noncredit courses, workshops, and conferences. 

Workforce Development

The CCE offers continuing education programs for the working professional in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences, and short-term courses. University faculty, along with field experts, actively participate in the development and instruction of these programs.  Staff members focus on meeting the needs of our regional community partners by assisting them in building human capital.

The CCE Safety and Emergency Response Training program serves industry, government and other agencies with state-of-the-art instruction in the handling of hazardous materials and emergency spills, technical rescue and incident command in accordance with state and federal regulations. The Center also offers training programs in mental health and crisis intervention for first responders and other primary responders such as school counselors and hospital personnel.

Career Development

Certificate programs are available for individuals seeking new careers or ways to advance in their current profession. Some of our certificate programs are Paralegal Studies, Photography and Medical Billing and Coding.

Recognizing that members of the community may need more flexibility than traditional in-person classes, the CCE has partnered with some of the most widely recognized providers of online educational courses to bring students learning opportunities in a plethora of areas for both professional development and personal enrichment.

Personal Enrichment

The CCE offers noncredit classes for adults in a number of areas for personal enrichment. Whether it is to learn a new hobby or simply have fun, the CCE selects instructors who are experts in their fields to provide engaging quality courses in a wide variety of topics including foreign languages, photography, music and physical activities.

Odyssey USA is the University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement in Mobile.  Senior adults have the opportunity to attend noncredit classes that are designed to satisfy the quest for knowledge in areas of the arts, history, music, literature, and other interesting disciplines.  These students enjoy a broad selection of classes and events year-round.  Courses are offered in four 6-week terms, and students may choose to take just one course at a time, or they may choose to take all that are offered. No membership fee is required; students only enroll in and pay for the courses that interest them.

Test Prep

With test preparation courses for the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, Praxis®, SAT® and ACT®, the CCE is the Gulf Coast's leading test prep solution for admission exams.  These courses are designed to strengthen students’ performance in all core areas that are covered in the examinations, providing them a greater chance of success and a competitive edge among their peers. Also offered is a Part 107 Remote Drone Pilot Ground School to prepare students with the technical and practical understanding of the regulations, procedures, and aeronautical knowledge necessary to take and pass the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification Knowledge Test and receive their Remote Pilot rating which is required for commercial drone applications.

Summer Programs, Camps and Conferences

The CCE serves as a resource for event administration, registrations and payment processing for university departments and external groups.  For external groups seeking to hold events at USA, the Center coordinates arrangements for University facilities and services.  Our professional staff also provides event management services for educational events off-site.  As part of Global USA, the Center assists other university departments with the logistics, coordination and management of short-term, non-credit international cohorts.  Additionally, the CCE develops custom short-term, non-credit programs with academic enrichment and cultural components for domestic and international groups.

USA Baldwin County Campus

University of South Alabama Baldwin Campus 111 St. James Avenue
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
(251) 928-8133
Associate VP for Global Engagement Dr. Richard W. Carter
Business Operations Kim Martin
Criminal Justice faculty Dr. Mike Reynolds
Computer Support TBD
Security Ralph McDonald
Environmental Services Aide Rhoda Jetson,
Brenda Gordon
Maintenance Dirk Bayer

The University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC) was established as a campus of the University in August, 1984, to offer higher education in one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Alabama. USABC offers upper-level (junior and senior) undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and non-credit programs. The campus is in downtown Fairhope.  The classroom complex is at 111 St. James Avenue, the corner of Summit Street and St. James; and the College of Nursing building at 161 N. Summit Street.

Academic offerings include courses leading to Bachelor's degrees in  Interdisciplinary Studies, Communication, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Accelerated BSN Track. Courses in business, education, and liberal arts are offered each semester which can be used as credit in a variety of degree programs. Faculty who teach these courses are hired by the University's academic divisions.

Computer services are provided for students and faculty. Classrooms have internet access and audio-visual equipment. The administration building contains a computer laboratory and computers are available in the building's lobby for use during business and class hours. An additional computer lab is located at the Classroom Complex.

Credit courses are offered during the day and the evening in Fairhope. Most evening courses meet once per week and day time courses meet in a variety of formats. USABC students are eligible for on-line courses scheduled by the academic departments. Check the USABC website for the complete schedule of courses for each semester.

Printed materials for admission, academic programs, financial aid and student services are available.  Academic advising is available, by appointment, on the campus.

USABC supports the University's mission of public service by working cooperatively with community organizations. The Fairhope Film Festival is co-sponsored by USABC and is held in the USABC Performance Center, USABC co-sponsors Leadership Baldwin County which is open to adults in the county. Special events are held on the USABC campus throughout the year.