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Shira Burns

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Associate Director
Faculty Directed Programs
Curriculum Integration

As the Associate Director for Faculty Directed Programs in the Arizona State University Global Education Office (GEO), Shira leads the Faculty Directed team and related initiatives for ASU faculty and students. Since 2009 she has held various roles within the field of international education, including academic affairs, program development, and management and oversight of partnership and exchange programs.

Email: Shira.Burns@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 965-4783


  • B.S. Marketing; York College of Pennsylvania
  • M.Ed. Higher & Post-Secondary Education; Arizona State University

International Experience

  • Studied abroad at Richmond College in London, England
  • Traveled to England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Mexico and the Caribbean

Why Shira works in global education: This field is filled with opportunities to change lives for the better. I'm inspired every day by our students - and the stories and experiences they have on their programs. I'm a firm believer that intercultural competence gained through international education makes our world a better place, and I feel fortunate to have a part in it.

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Do plenty of research before you go, but regardless of how much you plan in advance be prepared to embrace some surprises and challenges along the way.

One of the most important lessons Shira learned while studying abroad or traveling: Appreciate the journey of figuring things out and getting lost along the way.