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Dr. Mimi Barnard

Dr. Mimi Barnard

Associate Provost, Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education

Contact Dr. Mimi Barnard: e-mail or 615-460-8397

Dr. Mimi Barnard is the Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education (ISGE). In this role, she leads Belmont’s Honors Program, Global Leadership Studies, Legal Studies, Adult Degree Programs, Belmont USA, Study Abroad, and International Student and Scholar Services, which includes strategic partnerships with higher education institutions abroad. ISGE serves as the academic “incubator” for the university, where new programs are developed.

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. Belmont’s study abroad program was ranked 5th in the nation for faculty-led programming by the Institute for International Education’s Open Doors Report. In May, Barnard leads an interdisciplinary study abroad program to England, France, and Italy, “The Art of Living Well Via Culture, Cooking, & Cardio.”

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 approximately 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, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Latin America, and Canada. Barnard holds degrees from the University of North Texas, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and Abilene Christian University. She and her husband, Dr. Wayne Barnard, have two adult children, Katie, a museum designer who lives in New York City, and Colin, an active-duty Naval officer, stationed abroad.