Heather Barclay Hamir


Heather Barclay Hamir is President and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler). Over a career spanning two decades, she has led education abroad offices at three universities with an orientation toward issues of access and inclusion. In 2014, The University of Texas at Austin received awards from NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Diversity Abroad in recognition of broad based, innovative strategies which increased participation in education abroad among multiple under-represented groups. Barclay Hamir’s research focused specifically on the relationship between study abroad participation, degree completion, and time-to-degree. She has led multiple workshops and sessions on topics related to access and inclusion over the last decade and has been an invited speaker at universities and conferences on best practices to diversify study abroad participation. She currently serves on Diversity Abroad’s Advisory Council, the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad, and is a Director Emeritus of the Fund for Education Abroad. Barclay Hamir holds a PhD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degrees in College Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University, and a bachelors in literature from Pomona College.

Author's Books

Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad

A Handbook of Research and Practice


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