|Juliana Mrabet, Center Director
Juliana Mrabet directs the INTERLINK Language Center at St. Ambrose University. With over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience, she has spent the bulk of her career facilitating the startup and development of English language and other educational programs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Qatar, Iraq, and the United States. In both teaching and administering, Juliana emphasizes critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, and self-reliance. Her research has probed the nature and impact of the stereotyping of Muslims in western society, reform in higher education, and the adoption of innovations in Middle Eastern societies. Fluent in French, Spanish, and Arabic, Juliana holds the University of Virginia PhD (Comparative and International Education, specializing in Applied Linguistics and Middle East Studies) and the University of Tennessee MS in Foreign Language Education.
|Elizabeth Fate, Instructor
Liza has been an instructor with INTERLINK Language Centers since 2012. She taught for three years at the INTERLINK Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and one year with an INTERLINK program in Saudi Arabia. She is happy to now be teaching in her home state of Iowa. Liza received her MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. She completed her BA in Modern Languages, including a study abroad experience in Spain, and has since had many experiences working with people of diverse backgrounds. In addition to teaching with INTERLINK, other experiences include: teaching at a preschool for children of homeless families in Washington, DC, working at a public school in Iowa, and interning at an Intensive English Program in Massachusetts. Liza enjoys teaching at INTERLINK for its commitment to student-centered learning and its authentic approach to successfully preparing students for academic life in the US.