Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Shawna Knauff

    Shawna Knauff

    Associate Vice Provost, Executive Director, Bing Overseas Studies

    BioShawna Knauff is an Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program. She joined BOSP in 2016 as the Associate Director for Student and Academic Services and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2018. In this role she provides leadership for all BOSP programs and operations. Serving as the hub of undergraduate study abroad and away, BOSP operates academic centers in Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Kyoto, Madrid, New York, Oxford, Paris, and Santiago. In addition, students have global learning opportunities through academic partnership programs in Australia, Istanbul, Hong Kong and short-term, faculty-led seminars.

    Shawna has over twelve years of experience in international and higher education. Before coming to Stanford, she held leadership roles at Hult International Business School and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Shawna has extensive experience in education abroad program development and operations, international student and scholar services, crisis and risk management, and student advising. She is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad. She currently serves as an officer of Stanford’s subsidiaries in Chile and South Africa and member of the advisory board for the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program (ACE).

    As an undergraduate, Shawna spent a year studying abroad in Granada, Spain. She holds a BA in Spanish and a BS in Recreation Administration from California State University Chico and MA in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

  • Karen Ruoff Kramer

    Karen Ruoff Kramer

    Director, Bing Overseas Studies

    BioKaren Ruoff Kramer has been Director of the University’s Bing Overseas Stzdies Program in Berlin since 1980. She studied at Stanford (B.A. in English literature, Ph.D. in German Studies) and at the Freie Universität Berlin (Magister in Philosophy, Comparative Literature and American Studies). She teaches German theater, film, and literature at the Berlin Center and has been Lecturer in SLE and in German Studies at Stanford/CA. Her books include The Politics of Discourse: Third Thoughts on New Subjectivity (NY/Bern: NYU Ottendorfer Series), Aktualisierung Brechts (Argument Sonderband 50, ed. with W.F. Haug/Klaus Pierwoß) and a novel, Academia: Exzellenz hat ihren Preis (Hamburg: Ariadne/Argument). In addition to articles on film, theater, comparative cultural studies, she has published poetry, and essays on comparative culture. She sits on the Boards of the German Fulbright Commission, the Will Foundation, is a Fellow of the Institut für Kritische Theorie, and is founding member of the AASAP (Assoziation Amerikanischer Study Abroad Programme in Deutschland). She was awarded the German Federal Medal of Honor (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) in 2002 for her contributions to relations between Germany and the United States and between Germans East and West. She plays the cello and dances with horses (though not at the same time).