Rachel Laribee Gresk is Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where she has been working since 2009. Rachel has extensive experience working in higher education administration and working in english language programs (ELP), having served as Director of the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) for the past ten years, before becoming Director of Academic Administration, and then moving into her role as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.
She is a 2009 graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in international development; she has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from St. Mary’s College in Maryland. Rachel is currently earning a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is completing her dissertation on social-cognitive factors and the impact of environmental influences on student satisfaction.
Rachel was the self-study coordinator for her ELP’s Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) process, and is currently overseeing U.S. regional accreditation at AUIS. Rachel has presented at numerous Iraqi and international conferences, including ASHE and TESOL. She is a trained accreditation site reviewer with CEA.