James K. Scott

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  • James K. Scott

  • Associate Vice Provost, International Initiatives
  • Director-International Center
  • Associate Research Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs and Department of Rural Sociology
  • ScottJ@missouri.edu
  • Office
  • N52 Memorial Union
  • Columbia, MO 65211
  • Research Interests

  • Information technology
  • Local and regional governance
  • Public involvement


Dr. Scott, Ph.D. is Associate Vice-Provost for International Initiatives, and Director of the International Center at the University of Missouri (MU). The International Center serves all international students and scholars, assures compliance with related federal regulations, manages university study abroad programs, and fosters emerging campus international initiatives. As a Senior International Officer (SIO), Scott works extensively with the campus deans and directors as well as the Offices of the Provost and Chancellor. He provides staff support for MU’s Council on International Initiatives (CII). This Council, including faculty representatives from all major MU academic divisions, provides advice and assistance to the Provost regarding key and emerging international opportunities and challenges.

Dr. Scott holds joint faculty appointments as Associate Research Professor in MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs and the Department of Rural Sociology. He has published numerous articles and research reports on rural and regional development policy, and the role of local government in community and economic development.