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Heather Schieman

Associate Director


Global and Intercultural Affairs Center


Email: Heather Schieman
Phone: 937-229-1251
Alumni Hall 211


Heather currently serves as Associate Director of Education Abroad & Away for the Global and Intercultural Affairs Center. She started her professional career in higher education at the University of Dayton in 2012 after four years of intermittent on-site international work in London, England, and completion of her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel. During her time at Dayton, she has taken the lead on advising for education abroad and away programming, as well as spearheaded the development of both a professional and peer advising team. She continues to blend her background in student development theory with her passion for international education and is adamant about keeping holistic student and professional development at the core of her work

Aside from helping develop the GIA Center's approach to program advising, she also focuses her time and research on the development of relationships between universities, recently taking the lead on the university’s portfolio of exchange partnerships. This has allowed her to dive into better practices for curriculum integration, program assessment, and student support on long-term programming through international and domestic partnerships.


M.S.Ed, College Student Personnel, University of Dayton (2012)

B.S., Middle School Education, Eastern Kentucky University (2007)  

Professional Activities

NAFSA: Association of International Educators | Member

Lessons from Abroad: Study Abroad Returnee Conferences | Planning Committee

Greater Cincinnati International Educators | Co-founder

Awards and Achievements

Women of UD Honoree | 2024 | University of Dayton Women’s Center 

The 2024 theme, Commitment to the Whole Person, is a call to action to recognize women who have role-modeled ways to show up fully and/or support those in their networks to do the same.

Lily von Klemperer Award | 2020 Recipient | NAFSA: Association of International Educators

The "LvK" Award seeks to recognize people who, like Lily, have "brought other [education abroad professionals] along" in the field and who maintain the highest standards of professional ethics while sharing their skills, knowledge, and expertise with all colleagues. – per NAFSA description of award

Research Interests

European and U.S. Comparative Higher Education

Faculty involvement and motivation in international education