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Staff : Shira Burns
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Shira Burns
(480) 965-5965
Office Hours:
On leave through February 2018. See below for interim coverage.
Partnership & Exchange Programs
User Image About Shira Burns:
As the Program Manager for Partnership, Exchange and Global Internship Programs, Shira is responsible for coordinating and directing the activities of the Partnership and Exchange unit. 

Shira is on leave through February 2018 - in her absence, interim coverage and advising for her region is as follows:
  • France, Poland & SwedenBarbara Young ( 
  • Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary & RussiaAbby Dalpra (
  • Czech Republic & CIEE Multiple Destination ProgramMaggie Flynn (
  • Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland & ISA - EuroScholarsPaula Balzer (

Prior to joining the Arizona State University (ASU) Study Abroad Office (SAO) in 2015, Shira spent five years working in academic affairs for a private study abroad organization in Phoenix, AZ, where she provided centralized coordination for global academic operations, and oversaw academic advising initiatives.

A former Sun Devil, Shira holds a Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from York College of Pennsylvania.  As an undergraduate she studied abroad in London, England, where she first developed a passion for international education.  She has since traveled throughout England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Mexico and the Caribbean, and enjoys helping students find ways to make study abroad a reality.

Shira has contributed to the field of International Education through the following accomplishments:

Burns, S. (2014, May).  Enhancing Academic Preparedness & Engagement through Facebook Group Advising.  Presented at the annual NAFSA Technology Fair.
Burns, S. (2013, May). Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into the Study Abroad
Curriculum.   Presented at the annual NAFSA Technology Fair.
Burns, S. (2010, March).  Rethinking the Framework of Facebook in Higher Education. Presented at Arizona State University Higher & Post-Secondary Education Poster Consortium.