Jim Trelstad-Porter is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). He has worked in global education for Augsburg University for 25 years, holding different positions based in Washington D.C., Cuernavaca, Mexico and Minneapolis. In his current role, Jim is responsible for the leadership and coordination of recruitment and advising services for international students and scholars. He is also the primary liaison with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security in representing the college in matters pertaining to F-1 international students and J-1 exchange students and scholars. Jim’s passion is collaborating with the ISSS team and stakeholders across campus to attract international students and support them in achieving their academic goals and developing intercultural leadership skills in order to make a positive impact in the world.
Jim holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in International Relations, Spanish and Theology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jie is the Assistant Director and International Student Adviser of the ISSS Office. Jie is deeply committed to supporting international students from their first arrival to graduation by providing exceptional services including F & J immigration regulation advising, academic advocacy, as well as personal and emotional support. Jie manages and implements the International Student Orientation which successfully prepares international students for the Augsburg academic environment and assists with students’ cultural transition. In addition, Jie also advises the International Student Organization (ISO) on their year-long programming and takes pride in contributing to ISO board members’ leadership development and personal growth. The meaningful connection with students has given Jie much joy and fulfillment.
Jie holds an M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and a B.A. in English Education from Southwest University, Chongqing, China.