Allen Kenneth Schaidle currently serves the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani as Director of Student Services in Iraqi Kurdistan . He received a MSc in Higher Education from the University of Oxford and a M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Education, Teachers College, in International Educational Development. Allen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas accumulating such prestigious titles as Hall Center Scholar, Global Scholar, and School of Education’s Senior Leadership Award. Throughout his career, Allen has concentrated on intercultural education, internationalization of higher education, access issues in education, and conflicts in educational settings with fieldwork across multiple countries. Over the years, Allen’s research has received several grants, scholarships, and awards. He loves making research accessible to professionals in a wide range of career fields by frequently engaging internationally in professional speaking presentations. His writings have appeared in The Nation, Inside Higher Education,Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and the New York Times. In his free time, Allen publishes stories retelling his outdoor explorations and is a published poet. A native of Metamora, Illinois, Allen considers the creeks and forests of central Illinois his boyhood home.