Stephen Dunnett

English Language Institute, Director

Learning and Instruction

 411 Capen Hall

Learning and Instruction
Learning and Instruction

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University at Buffalo
  • M.A., University of Kansas
  • B.A., University at Buffalo

Professional and Research Interests

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Stephen C. Dunnett is Vice Provost for International Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) and Professor of Foreign Language Education in the Graduate School of Education. He is also the founder and director of UB’s English Language Institute and has been on the faculty of UB since 1971.

As Vice Provost for International Education, Professor Dunnett is the chief university officer responsible for all international programs and activities at UB, which include overseas degree programs in Singapore and India; sponsored international development activities in training and research areas; study abroad and exchange programs; international student and scholar services for 6,800 international students and 500 foreign scholars; international recruitment and admissions; immigration services for non-resident alien staff; international publications; the University Guest Quarters; and the internationalization of the university curricula.

Professor Dunnett has been active in the development of cooperative education training programs between UB and overseas institutions of higher education. In 1980, he established a UB center in Beijing, China in cooperation with the Beijing Municipal System of Higher Education, the first American university center in the People’s Republic of China. In 1986, he established a UB branch campus with the MARA Institute of Technology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, funded by the government of Malaysia. Other UB overseas centers were later established in Dalian, China, in Taipei, Taiwan, in Jakarta, Indonesia, in Phnom Phen, Cambodia, and in Riga, Latvia. UB’s current branch campus at the Singapore Institute of Management was established in 2004 and currently offers six UB undergraduate degree programs to 1,400 students.

His research and publications concern the relationship between language and culture, in particular, the problems of Asian language speakers in the acquisition of English and factors affecting the adaptation of international students to life and study in the United States. Professor Dunnett is also interested in comparative education with particular reference to the Asian and American systems of higher education. In 1984/85, he was a Fulbright researcher at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and in 1999, he was a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Dunnett has served as a consultant to the U.S. and foreign governments on educational policy and university development and to numerous national and multinational corporations on cultural and linguistic factors affecting the international business environment.

Professor Dunnett is active in a number of national and international, academic and professional associations, including NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is a former board member of NAFSA and former chairman of NAFSA’s Development Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of AIEA and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of World Education Services (WES) Inc. Professor Dunnett is also an advisor to the Tokyo Foundation (Sasakawa Peace Foundation) and a member of the board of the Buffalo Council on World Affairs.

In 1991, Professor Dunnett was appointed Honorary Professor in the College of Foreign Languages of the Capital Normal University in Beijing, China in recognition of his contributions to the academic development of that institution. In 1996, Professor Dunnett received the Homer Higbee Award for distinguished and continuous service to NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He is also a holder of the 1996 Merentibus Medal for Distinguished Service from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In 1997 he received the Amicus Poloniae Award from the government of the Republic of Poland. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Riga Technical University in Riga, Latvia for his work in developing the Riga Business School.