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Shawn Bascom

Associate Director of Admissions and International Services

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-5304


Master of Public Administration, Idaho State University
Bachelor of Music, Idaho State University

Shawn was raised in southern California and has lived in Idaho since 1992. He has a wife, three boys and a daughter. Shawn gained an appreciation and love for international education while attending Idaho State University and has been working at ISU since 1999. He is currently the Associate Director of Admissions and International Services and enjoys assisting international students succeed in their pursuit of higher education. Shawn’s experience in international higher education includes international admissions, study abroad advising, F-1 and J-1 regulations and student, faculty and scholar advising. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, performing and writing music and spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Nitin Srivastava

Nitin Srivastava

Academic Advisor

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-4465


Doctoral degree, Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s degree, Physics; Bachelor’s degree with Honors, Physics

Nitin joined the IPO team in Fall 2015 and since then has immensely enjoyed working with international students.

Before joining the IPO team, he earned his doctorate in education (Curriculum and Instruction) from West Virginia University where he advised various student populations including international students, coming from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. He also conducted several advising workshops, coordinated tutoring sessions, and taught courses like First Year Seminar and College Student Success. These experiences provided him an extensive awareness about the kind of challenges that international students face as they make the transition to adjust to college life.

Nitin values the importance of a caring attitude and a healthy advisor-advisee relationship for the growth and development of students. He takes pride in helping international students succeed in their academic and career goals.

Please feel free to see him if you have any questions related to course registration and selection, major and minor requirements, projected GPA calculation, projected study plan, course articulation, scholarship requirements (sponsored students), study and time management skills,  university policies, online course waiver forms, student resources, academic deadlines, personal issues etc.

Professionally his interests are in student advising and development, student transition and retention, higher education curriculum, program evaluation and global education.

Personally he loves cooking, watching movies, and exploring the beautiful state of Idaho.

Abdul Khalil Azizi

International Faculty and Scholars Advisor

Office: Museum Building # 12, 437



Master's degree, Political Science 

Khalil was born and raised in Afghanistan. After completing high school, he began to work with the United Nations in Kabul. In 2007, he came to Idaho State University to continue his education.
Before khalil joined the IPO office in 2016, Khalil worked in different departments in different positions throughout his career at ISU. He graduated with a Master's degree in Political Science from Idaho State University.
Khalil is currently serving as International Faculty and Scholar Advisor in the IPO. 
Khalil values the importance of higher education, and he believes that every individual should have the opportunity to receive high education. Khalil enjoys a range of outdoor activities here in Idaho, and also he enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and spending quality time with his family when he is not at work.