Meet the Team
Susie Morris | Director
Susie joined San Jose State University in January 2016 to serve as the Director of Study Abroad and Away under the College of Professional and Global Education. As a linguist at heart (she studied Russian, Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, and Thai), Susie has diverse work experience; Susie taught Bachelor's and Master's level courses focusing on English language skills in Thailand, Russia, Spain and the U.S.
Susie holds a BA in Russian from the University of Iowa and a MA in International Education with a focus on Intercultural Development from the SIT Graduate Institute. She says her passion is promoting “greater intercultural understanding, community collaboration, and positive relationships between students and the rest of the world.” Susie loves to travel and meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. In her spare time, Susie loves listening to her record collection, spending time with her two fat cats, and exploring the world.
Aaron Waldron | Program Specialist
The newest member of the SAA team, Aaron has just returned from 4 years living abroad in sunny Scotland. Working on Faculty-Led Programs, Summer School Abroad, and other duties as assigned, Aaron is excited to help provide options to the Spartan community that will expand their world view and provide them the opportunity to experience the adventure of traveling. Licensed to drive on the wrong side of the road and a master of roundabouts, he was able to put 11,000+ miles on his Peugeot 107 traveling the UK and fill his passport using budget airlines during his time off for good behavior at the University of Edinburgh. While in Scotland he also started a Lord of the Rings themed snack food empire.
Aaron has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from University of South Florida and a MEd in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. Working on his PhD at the University of Glasgow researching Educational Meritocracy and Higher Education funding he soon realized that some questions are better left unanswered and returned to the U.S. to continue his passion for working with students and continue his travels.
Thao Phan | Operations Coordinator
Thao has been working in the international education field for over nine years. At SAA, Thao works with faculty to implement faculty-led programs and advises students in their program options and registration process. As a former Spartan and a Salzburg Fellow, she is excited to be working with students in their pursuit of education abroad experiences. Thao also coordinates custom programs that welcome international students from institutions around the world. In her free time, Thao likes to travel, try new food, and catch up on her favorite TV shows.
Lauren Issvoran | Student Assistant
Lauren is SAA’s student assistant and the newest addition to the SAA team. She promotes Faculty-Led Programs, Summer School Abroad, and US Culture Programs through social media and events put on by SAA. She is working towards her B.A. in History and minor in Anthropology. She recognizes the importance of studying abroad during college to experience the richness of other cultures and is eager to help students find the right program to help them in their academic and professional pursuits. Lauren spends her leisure time playing with her dogs, making/eating food with friends, and taking fun road trips when she can.