Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Elizabeth Barnum was appointed director of International Student and Scholar Services in April 2012 and is responsible for leadership and overall operation of the office – the principal administrative, advising and programming office for approximately 1,700 international students and 1,200 international faculty, research scholars and postdoctoral fellows at UNC. Previously, she had been employed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook since 1992, and has worked in international education since 1985. A cultural anthropologist by training, she is very interested in movement of people across cultures and ways to facilitate positive intercultural learning. She earned a doctor of education in anthropology and education, a master of arts in comparative and international education and a master of education in anthropology and education, all from Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as a bachelor of fine arts in painting and design and art education from the University of Michigan. Barnum lived in the Caribbean region for seven years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, conducting field research, teaching and working. She received a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship for her dissertation research in Barbados and also was selected for a Fulbright International Educators Seminar in Germany.