A globally-minded higher education professional, Pari Sara Shirazi has broadened the reach of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, connecting its students with their peers across the world. For 16 years, she served as vice dean at Tisch, during which time she led all development and capital projects, and implemented several international programs. Pari Sara Shirazi stands out as founder and past president of Tisch School of the Arts Asia, the first satellite degree-granting campus of New York University to offer a master of fine arts (MFA) program.
Also the developer of the Collaborative Arts Program, a global consciousness initiative which encourages interdisciplinary work among New York University students, Pari Sara Shirazi established the program's bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree track in 2011. She created international programs in England, Cuba, Ireland, South Africa, China, and the Czech Republic, including a Shakespearean acting program offered in association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. She has introduced international summer programs for both university and high school students and, as an associate arts professor, has personally taught a number of cultural arts and history courses. Since leaving Tisch in 2012, Dr. Shirazi has turned her focus toward her own fiction and blog writing.