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Peter Gerlach

Peter GerlachPh.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

Education: B.A. English, Ripon College
M.A. English, University of Northern Colorado

What are your research interests? Why?
Broadly speaking, my research interest is international education. More specifically, my research focuses on international students, the internationalization of higher education, and globalization. My dissertation, “We’re all Horacians”: Listening to international students at an American liberal arts college, is a qualitative case study incorporating these interests. I am interested in these fields of study not simply because there is a dearth of critical research about international students which I feel it is important to address. Also, among other things, I grew up in a German bi-cultural and bilingual household (my father was from Germany), have spent a lot of time abroad, and was, with my wife, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (2007-2009). Not to mention, most of my closest friends at Syracuse were/are international students. I consider myself an "international person," so to speak.

Why did you choose Syracuse University?
My wife and I chose Syracuse University because we wanted to pursue graduate study at the same institution. She was interested in both the MPA program in the Maxwell School and the College of Law. I, on the other hand, wanted an interdisciplinary program within a school of education. Cultural Foundations of Education was just that kind of program. Syracuse was a good fit for us both.

What other professional, TA, GA, or community activities are you involved in?
While in CFE, I held many positions. They included:
GA - Slutzker Center for International Services
TA - EDU 603 – Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Instructor, CAS 102 – SummerStart Seminar
TA - CLS 105 – College Learning Strategies
GA - Huntington School Summer Camp, Say Yes to Education
GA - EDU 303 – Teaching and Learning for Inclusive Schooling