Our Staff

Who We Are

Dr. Susan Steen, Director & Assistant Provost

Dr. Susan Steen is the director and Assistant Provost for International Engagement at UAH. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her teaching and research focus is concentrated in intercultural communication.

In her work with OIE, Susan develops strategies to strengthen UAH’s international profile and partnerships and collaborates with deans, department chairs and faculty to create, deliver, and assess international opportunities; to increase student and faculty enrollments and participation; to ensure students are provided with unparalleled opportunities for cultural engagement; to foster ties with local “global communities,” and to infuse an international perspective into the university’s teaching, service, economic development, and research functions.

Mona Foroughi

Mona graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies and has since lived in Spain, Chile, and Israel. The experience of coming from an international family background, and having studied, lived, and traveled abroad has led her to the field of international education. In her free time Mona enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter, enjoying the natural beauty of Alabama. Her favorite part about working at UAH is meeting international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and being part of their UAH experience.

Anita Rathz

Anita is the Senior Program Assistant in the OIE. She oversees the daily operations of the office and handles the scheduling of the student workers. Her area of interest and experience includes working with other units on campus to assist and provide support services as needed for all international students. She has extensive prior experience working on educational programs in conjunction with state, national and international agencies. Through the OIE, Anita continues to work with local community organization, such as the International Services Council of Alabama, Inc. on joint programs.

Sabrina Williams

Sabrina is originally from Elkhart, Indiana. She has worked in International Student admissions for eight years, with over 30 years of experience in the admissions area. Sabrina holds a Master of Public Affairs from Kentucky State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Urban Studies from Northern Kentucky University. She enjoys sharing with international students all of the exciting opportunities a U.S. education (and especially an education at The University of Alabama in Huntsville) has to offer. Sabrina enjoys traveling and meeting people. When she is not traveling she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Joy Werka

Joy graduated with a BA in Communication from Truman State University and is currently working on a graduate degree in Community Development. She has more than ten years of experience working with international students and scholars. Her professional background and interests include cross-cultural exchange, student success initiatives, and student and scholar advising. When she is not working at OIE, Joy enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and random adventures with her husband and kids.

Where We Are

The Office of International Engagement is located in the University Center.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Office of International Engagement
116 University Center
Huntsville, AL 35899

256.824.6055 (phone)
256.824.4515 (fax)