Staff

Peter Gerlach

Peter Gerlach
Director of International Affairs
Office: 210 Upper Gage Memorial Union, Student Development Suite
Email: pgerlach@coe.edu
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.

Peter Garlach in Mongolia, July 2007
Mongolia, July 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.

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.