Randy L. Nelson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Education / Director of International Education

Dr. Randy Nelson earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and German at the University of Sioux Falls.  He later earned a Master of Arts in Selected Studies in English at Augustana University and then a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. He has also completed graduate coursework in Germany and Austria.

During his 28 years of teaching high school English and German, Dr. Nelson taught in South Dakota and Minnesota. As well, he spent a year teaching in the public school system in Berlin, Germany.

Over the years Dr. Nelson has developed a strong interest in international education. Besides teaching, he serves as USF's Director of International Education. In that role he assists F-1 nonimmigrant students, serves as the Principal Designated School Official for SEVIS and directs the Bridges English Language program. He also oversees USF's study abroad program.

 

Education

  • B.A., English and German, University of Sioux Falls, 1979
  • M.A., Selected Studies in English, Augustana University (SD), 1993
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas (Minn.), 2011

Courses Taught

  • EDU 324 - Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • EDU 329 - Secondary and Middle-Level Methods
  • EDU 508 - Pedagogy for Middle- and Secondary-Level Educators

Professional Memberships

NAFSA

Expertise

  • International Education
  • German language and culture

Research

Doctoral Dissertation:  Uncovering Disillusionment, Loneliness, and Psychological Abuse:  A Phenomenological Study of Exchange Student Experiences

Service/Volunteer Work

Children Rescue International

Dr. Nelson serves on the board of Children Rescue International, a Sioux Falls-based organization dedicated to assisting orphaned children in Liberia.  As a board member, he heads the education team and also serves on the fundraising team.

Dissertation committee service

Serve as a dissertation committee member for a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.