Tennessee World Affairs Council – President’s Advisory Board
The TN WAC President’s Advisory Board is organized to bring together a group of distinguished citizens to advocate for and advance the mission and vision of the Council – to improve our community by promotion of study and public education in world affairs and to increase international understanding and relations. [Advisory Board Guidelines]
Dr. Mimi Barnard, PhD
Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education, Belmont University
Dr. Mimi Barnard is the Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education. In this role, she leads Belmont’s interdisciplinary and adult degree programs, study abroad, and international student and scholar services, which includes strategic partnerships with higher education institutions abroad.
In collaboration with ISGE staff and faculty, Barnard facilitates opportunities for international education, including short-term, faculty-led initiatives, semesters abroad, and exchange of students and faculty.
Additionally, ISGE serves as the academic “incubator” for the university, where new programs, such as Social Entrepreneurship and Motion Pictures, are developed before moving to permanent homes across the institution.
Prior to coming to Belmont, Barnard served as Vice President for Professional Development and Research for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, in Washington, D.C., an international association of more than 180 higher education institutions with an annual enrollment of more than 400,000 students. In this role, Barnard led a broad range of professional development initiatives for senior administrators and faculty across the U.S. and in several international settings.
Previously, Barnard served on the faculty and administration of Abilene Christian University, a selective, private, master’s-level, highly innovative institution with an enrollment of 4,800 students. As an academic administrator, working across disciplinary and departmental silos to increase student learning and success, she led teaching and learning initiatives, collaborating with faculty and other campus leaders as the institution moved towards an integrated curricular model. She taught on the undergraduate English and graduate higher education faculties and served as Faculty-in-Residence in Oxford, England.
Barnard serves on the Association of International Education Administrators Policy Advisory Committee and the Tennessee Economic Council for Women. Her research interests include high-impact practices and innovative pedagogies, faculty perspectives of institutional culture, and advancing intercultural competencies. Barnard has traveled in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Canada. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and Abilene Christian University.
The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org — Join / Donate / Volunteer