Dr. Adam Henry


Dr. Adam Henry is the Director of the ASU Study Abroad Office (SAO) and is a Faculty Associate with the School of Politics and Global Studies, and the College of Integrated Sciences and Arts. He also provides cultural mentorship to international faculty studying within grant-funded programs through ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education.

As Director, Dr. Henry helps direct the long-term vision of study abroad at ASU and its connection across the curriculum. He leads the SAO team and works closely with a wide array of ASU faculty and upper administration to develop and advance study abroad goals and initiatives for the institution. He also plans, directs and supervises the activities and operations of the SAO, including the management of all ASU student exchange agreements, new program development and assessment.

Dr. Henry has worked at ASU since 2009. Previous to being the director of the SAO, he worked as the Assistant Director of the SAO and the Assistant Director of ASU's Global Launch. Previous to ASU, he managed a volunteer/advocacy program for an international non-governmental organization (NGO) for ten years, including three years directing their programming efforts in Chengdu, China.

Email: Adam.Keith.Henry@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 965-5965

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Adam Henry, please e-mail Joanne Pelton, Administrative Specialist, at Joanne.Pelton@asu.edu and request an appointment. Thank you.


  • B.A., International Relations; Grand Canyon University
  • M.A. Educational Leadership; Northern Arizona University
  • Ed.D. Innovation & Leadership; Arizona State University

International Experience

  • Studied abroad in Guatemala for three months
  • Volunteered abroad in South Africa at a radio station with programming for Zulu speakers
  • Worked abroad in Chengdu, China for three years at an NGO developing a study abroad program for U.S. students
  • Traveled abroad to over 40 different countries

Professional contributions to the field of international education:

Why Dr. Henry works in study abroad: I have the privilege of working with tomorrow’s global leaders and having the study abroad experience impact them in the way they think about how to effectively impact other industries as students and professionals.

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Before leaving for your international experience, take time to learn about the culture you will be visiting, while also learning how to respect it, as well as those living within it. 

One of the most important lessons Dr. Henry learned while studying abroad or traveling: To remember that those I am interacting with in the new culture have something to teach and offer me as an individual who desires to continually grow in the area of cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and development.