Bio


Shawna Knauff is 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.

Education & Certifications


  • M.A., University of San Francisco, International and Multicultural Education
  • B.A., California State University Chico, Spanish
  • B.S., California State University Chico, Recreation Administration