David Elwell has been named associate dean and director of the International Students Office (ISO) in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE), effective August 31. Elwell comes to the position with over 20 years of experience in student and academic affairs, including 18 years as director of the International Students and Scholars Offices at both Brandeis University and Clark University. Elwell has been committed to advising international students for decades, has developed programming and support for international students and faculty, and is a nationally recognized expert at employment visa issues for nonimmigrant students and scholars.
In his current role, Elwell oversees institutional immigration compliance, visa processing, and international student and scholar (faculty/researcher) support services and advising. Elwell has developed experiential learning components of new programs targeting international student participation, partnering with academic departments at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has also served as campus coordinator for two international scholarship programs and as a member of a university advisory committee for global initiatives.
Elwell joins a knowledgeable and caring team of nine professional advisors and administrators, serving over 3,500 international graduate and undergraduate students, and their 600-plus dependents. These constituents come from more than 115 countries and are active in over 60 student-led international and cultural groups. Follow the full article at the MIT Newsroom