Director of International Affairs
Office: 210 Upper Gage Memorial Union, Student Development Suite
Phone: 001-319- 399-8843
Peter Gerlach has been in the field of international education for seven years and higher education for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Ripon College, a Master’s degree in English (Shakespeare Studies) from the University of Northern Colorado, and PhD degree in Cultural Foundations of Education (International Education) from Syracuse University. Peter studied abroad during his undergraduate years in London and has traveled to many countries around the world. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in Darkhan, Mongolia, from 2007-2009.
Bagh 5, a village in Sukhbaatar Province, Mongolia, 2007
Peter has been at Coe since September 2015. Prior to Coe, he worked at the international student center at Syracuse University from 2010 through 2013. Completed at Syracuse, his dissertation, We’re all Horacians: Listening to international students at an American liberal arts college, was a case-study focused on the lived experiences of international students at a small, private college in the Midwest U.S. Beyond advising and working with international students, Peter has taught courses in composition and literature, English as a Foreign Language, college learning strategies, qualitative research, and international education.
At Coe, Peter supports and advocates for international students at Coe College (and in the Cedar Rapids community), including advising the International Club, as well as acts as a liaison between international students and the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as the College’s senior international officer, developing programs and policies to internationalize Coe institutionally.
His other duties include overseeing safety and risk management matters for study abroad programs and maintaining relationships with exchange partnerships at universities abroad.
In his free time, Peter loves to spend time with his family, traveling, hiking, and exercising.
International Affairs Student Assistant
Josie Bautch is a second year student at Coe College. She intends to major in Political Science, International Business, and International Studies with a minor in Spanish. In the fall of 2018, Josie will be studying abroad in Thailand after going to Ireland in the summer of 2018. She plans on attending Law School after graduating from Coe and aspires to work in International Law in the future.
Growing up in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Josie worked closely with J-1 students who came to the the US to work summers in a highly touristy community, as well as other permanent immigrants. While working with people from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, the Dominican Republic, and other countries, Josie developed her love for international relations.
Parfrey's Glen, a State Natural area in Wisconsin, 2015.
At Coe, Josie is involved in multiple activities, including Track and Field and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also finds time to volunteer at a free immigration legal clinic once a month. While working with Peter Gerlach, she is closely involved with the International Club and the Committee on Internationalization. She hopes to aid Coe’s internationalization efforts, broadly.
As a current student, Josie believes she can help international students gain a different perspective of Coe College. Feel free to contact her for any questions!