Dr. Margaret Heisel has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. She is currently a Research Associate in the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her work at UC Berkeley, Dr. Heisel served as the Founding Director of the Center for Capacity Building in Study Abroad—a joint project of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and NAFSA-Association of International Educators in Washington, DC. This work involved developing programs for promoting the preparation of U.S. students for success in the global workforce. Center resources served senior policy officers responsible for international education at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. The Center developed and researched global curricula, and assessed different pedagogical approaches appropriate to various student subgroups.
Heisel’s work in the nation’s capital followed a number of appointments in the Office of the President of the University of California System, including Associate Vice Provost, Senior Executive Director (California Statewide Community College Relations Programs), Senior Executive Director (California Statewide Community College Relations Programs), and Director (Undergraduate Enrollment Management). She began her career on the faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of California Davis teaching Hispanic history and literature courses and serving in Associate Dean positions.
Dr. Heisel earned an A.B. (Romance Languages and Literature), Magna Cum Laude, from Benedictine College and a Ph.D. (Spanish and Latin American Studies) from the University of Kansas.