Meet International Student Services

Tugrul Polat

Director of International Student Services


  • PhD in Heritage Studies, Arkansas State University (in progress)
  • MBA, University of North Alabama
  • Finance, University of North Alabama

Professional Memberships:

  • Phi Beta Delta, Honors Society for International Scholars

Sara Parrott

Assistant Director, PDSO, RO
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Sara is the Assistant Director and lead international student and scholar advisor for UALR. She earned her BA in International Studies at Southwest Baptist University and her MA in Second Language Acquisition at UALR. She is a Principle Designated School Official (PDSO) certified for F immigration advising and an Responsible Officer (RO) certified for J immigration advising. Sara spent 6 months researching in Prague and has traveled to China, South Korea, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

Bailey Gambill

International Student Advisor
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Bailey is an International Student Advisor for UALR. She earned her BA in English at Arkansas State University (ASU). From 2008-2013 she worked with international students in the Office of International Programs at ASU, beginning as a Student Worker and ending as the Student Support Services Coordinator. Bailey lived in China for two years teaching English as a Foreign Language and has traveled to Venezuela, Italy, South Korea,  Thailand, and Bangladesh.

Casey Jackson-Aceituno

Coordinator of International Recruitment

Casey is the Coordinator of International Recruitment for the Office of International Services at UALR.  She earned her BA in International Studies and Spanish and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.  She worked as the Coordinator of Student Services in the International Department at UCA from 2013-2016.  Casey studied abroad in Costa Rica for six months and has traveled to Honduras, Panama, Mexico, The Bahamas, and The Czech Republic.