Dr. Fanta Aw is Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer in the School of International Service in Washington D.C. Dr. Aw oversees all administrative, programmatic and personnel operations related to International/Intercultural programs and services and student engagement in the Office of Campus. Units for which she has oversight include International Student and Scholar Services, Student Activities, University Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement and Service, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center. Dr. Aw advises American University leadership on matters related to campus internationalization, and issues of inclusion, diversity and equity. In the School of International Service, Dr. Aw teaches graduate courses related to immigration, internationalization of higher education, and international higher education policy. Dr Aw was the 2013 recipient of the University Award for Outstanding Teaching, in an Adjunct position.
Dr. Aw is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the largest membership association of international educators with close to 10,000 members. She also serves on the advisory council of the Intercultural Management Institute at American University. Dr. Aw has led workshops and training for the Department of State, the Institute of International Education, AMIDEAST, American Councils for International Education, the College Board, and NAFSA: Association for International Education.
Dr. Aw has been interviewed by major global media outlets including CNN, Agence France Press, USA Today, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, National Public Radio, Middle East Broadcast Corporation, Future TV Beirut, Voice of America, Washington Business Journal, WAMU, Radio France International, Channel 9 CBS, Tajikistan TV, KSA2 -Saudi Arabian, English-language TV, Washington Diplomat, Sichuan TV, Chengdu TV, Sichuan Daily, Chengdu Daily, Huaxi Daily, Chengdu Commercial Daily, Chengdu Evening Daily, Xinhua News, China News Service, Guangdong TV, Guanzhou TV, Guanzhou Daily, China Daily.
Meet the President's Council, a group made up of members of the president’s cabinet (senior university administrators), the academic deans (academic leadership), the university librarian, and the director of athletics and recreation.