About Me

 

Academic Degree

 

Employment History

 

Awards

 

Honors, Scholarly and Professional Duties and Achievements

 

Membership

 

Invited Lectures and Invited Talks

 

Publications

 

Conference Paper Presentations

 

Training and Seminer Courses Attended

 

Contributions to Bilkent University

 

Contributions to School of Applied Technology and Management

 

Contributions to Society

 

Research Interests

 

Educational Development Activities

 

Academic Degree < GO TOP >

 

Degree Field Institution Scholarships Date
Associate Prof. Educational Sciences Higher Education Council, Ankara, Turkey   September, 2005
Assistant Prof. Educational Sciences Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey   July, 2001
Ph.D. Educational Sciences/Cirriculum and Instruction Middle East Technical University, Turkey   January, 1999
MSc. English Language Teaching Aston University, Birmingham, UK World Bank and British Council Scholar July, 1992
Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English English Language Teaching University of Cambridge, UK   June, 1991

Employment History < GO TOP >

Date Institution Job Description
1998 - Bilkent University, School of Applied Technology and Management, Dept. of Tourism and Hotel Management *Assistant Prof.
1992 - 1998 Bilkent University, School of English Language
*Coordinator of Special (Vocational) Courses
*Staff Development Committee Member
*Staff Motivation Committee Member
*Instructor

Awards < GO TOP >

* Thesis of the year Award (PhD.), Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation, Ankara, Turkey, 1999 – 2000.
 
* Award of Performance Appreciation for Instructor, Ministry of Education, Kocaeli, Turkey, 1988-1989.

Honors, Scholarly and Professional Duties and Achievements < GO TOP >

Referee, Hacettepe University, “The Journal of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences", 2004- present.
Assistant Project Manager of Leonardo da Vinci project, “TR/04/A/F/EX1-065- Quality Improvement in Tourism and Hotel Management Schools’ Industrial Training Programs,” Turkish National Agency, EU Leonardo Da Vinci Programme – Mobility, September 2004.
Project Referee, TÜBÝTAK (Scientific and Technical Research Council of the Turkish Republic), 2001. “Konuk aðýrlama sektörü için satýþ otomasyonu sistemi geliþtirilmesi- Development of a Sales Automation System for the Hospitality/Service Sector” TÝDEB3010265.
Project Referee, TÜBÝTAK (Scientific and Technical Research Council of the Turkish Republic), 2000 “Yüksek öðrenim destekli ulusal otelcilik enfor. Sis. Pr. (OTESP)-Higher Education Based Information Systems Project Aimed at the National Hotel Sector” TÝDEP3000003.
Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Anatolia, 2005-.
Project manager, Proposal under the EU Leonardo Da Vinci “Pilot Projects”, entitled “Quality Improvement on Internship Programs in Tourism and Hotel Management Schools”, submitted to the Turkish National Agency on 1 October 2004. (This project will cover a larger scope than the above mentioned project completed). Duration 24 months.
Member of Department Congress Organizing Committee for 2004 EuroCHRIE

Membership < GO TOP >

Member of Turkish EU Association (Türkiye Avrupa Birligi Dernegi ve Avrupa Hareketi Türkiye Ulusal Konseyi).

Invited Lectures and Invited Talks < GO TOP >

In-service training to the Administrative Staff at Ministry of National Education, “Total Quality Management in Education”,  Middle East Technical University, Ankara, July, 3-21, 2000.

Publications < GO TOP >

1. Ph.D. Dissertation

A Case Study of Instructional Supervision at a Private Secondary School, January, 1999,  Prof. Ali Yýldýrým, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. (Thesis of the year Award, Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation)

2. MSc. Dissertation

Turkish University EFL Students’ Learning Styles in Classroom Configuration with Respect to their Levels and Departments, July, 1992, Julian Edge (PhD), Aston University, Birmingham, UK

3. Articles in refereed journals

3.1. “Teacher performance evaluation: a stressful experience from a private secondary school”. Educational Research. 46(1), Spring-2004, 43-55. (SCI- Social Citation Index)

3.2. “Are graduates equipped for business life?” Hosteur. 11(2), 2002, 5-14.  

3.3. “Does a school make a difference? Perceptions of an ‘effective’ school”. European Educational Research Journal. 1 (3), 2002, 429 – 444. (Education Index).

3.4. “Are we teaching what we should? Dilemmas and problems in tourism and hotel management education”. Tourism Analysis, 7 (2), 2002, 151–163. (THM Departmental Journal Ranking-Group A).

3.5. “School- based supervision at a private Turkish school: A model for improving teacher evaluation”. Leadership and Policy in Schools. 1 (2), 2002, 172–190. (Education Index).

3.6 “Gateway to the real world, industrial training: Dilemmas and Problems”, Tourism Management, 23, 2002, 93 – 96. (SCI-Social Citation Index).

3.7. “Can University students evaluate their instructors’ performance: dilemmas and problems”, Ankara University, Journal of Educational Science Faculty, 35 (1), 2002, 81-93. (National University Journal).

3.8. “Focusing on Evaluation of Teacher Development?” Education and Science. 27 (123), 2002, 64 – 71. (National Journal Group A category at METU Education Faculty Journal List).

3.9. “Pay- back; can students evaluate their instructors: Dilemmas and problems”, Higher Education Abstracts. 36, 2001, (3–4), (Higher Education Research Data Collection).

3.10. “Impact of centralized instructional supervision on teachers: A case study of a private secondary school in Turkey”. Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies. 5 ( 2), 2000, 1–18. (International Journal listing Group B category at METU Education Faculty Journal List). (International Group A category includes only SCI Journals)  

3.11. “Content analysis of qualitative data”. Education and Science. 25 (117), 2000, 64–72,). (National Journal Group A category at METU Education Faculty Journal List).

4. Refereed proceeding

4.1. “Ýlköðretim Türkçe Programlarý Pilot Uygulama Deðerlendirmesi- An Evaluation of Pilot Implementations in Primary School Turkish Programmes”, Egitimde Yansýmalar: VIII, 220-231. 14-16 November 2005.

4.2. “W-I-T WE IN TEACHING”, (W-I-T: Öðretimdeki Yerimiz), Sempozyum ’96 Modern Öðretmen Yetiþtirmede Geliþme ve Ýlerlemeler, 268-281, 30 September – 4 October, Ankara, 1996.

Conference Paper Presentations < GO TOP >

1. “Ýlköðretim Türkçe Programlarý Pilot Uygulama Deðerlendirmesi - An Evaluation of Pilot Implementations in Primary School Turkish Programmes”, Egitimde Yansýmalar: VIII, Yeni Ýlköðretim Programlarýný Deðerlendirme Sempozyomu, Erciyes Universitesi-Tekýþýk Eðitim Araþtýrma Geliþtirme Vakfý. 14-16 November 2005

2. “Why study in different language: Dilemmas and Problems”, Aulla 33 FILLM 23  Joint Congress Cairns 2005, University of Sydney and James Cook University, Australia, July 15-19, 2005.

3. “Profile of Labor Force in Five-Star Hotels”, Asia Pacific Tourism Association, 10th Annual Conference: Globalization and Tourism Research: East meets West, Sasebo, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, 2003.

4. “An easy question to answer? How are our graduates meeting business life?”, Hosting The World 2002, International Conference on Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8-11 July 2002.

5. “Does a school make a difference? Perceptions of an ‘effective’ school”, the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER 2001, Lilly, France, 5-8 September, 2001.

6.“Pay-back; can students evaluate their instructors: Dilemmas and problems”, American Educational Research Association AERA 2001 Annual Meeting, What we know and how we know it, Seattle, Washington, 10-14 April, 2001.

7. “Gateway to the real world, industrial training: dilemmas and problems”, The   International Hospitality Industry Evolution 2001, CU2 Joint Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, HKSAR, Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, 12-14 January, 2001.

8. “Focusing on Evaluation or Teacher Development? A model for School–Based Supervision”, European Educational Research Association ECER 2000, Edinburgh, Scotland, 20–23 September, 2000.

9. “Applying content analysis to qualitative data”, European Educational Research Association ECER 2000, Edinburgh, Scotland, 20–23 September, 2000.

10. “Teacher Assessment for Accountability: A Case Study of School-Based Supervision at a Private Secondary School”, UCEA Convention 1999, Contradictions in Accountability, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 29-31 October, 1999.   

11. “W-I-T WE IN TEACHING”, (W-I-T: Öðretimdeki Yerimiz), Sempozyum ’96 Modern Öðretmen Yetiþtirmede Geliþme ve Ýlerlemeler, 30 Eylül – 4 Ekim, Ankara, 1996.

12. “Turkish University EFL Students’ Learning Styles in Classroom Configuration with Respect To Their Levels and Departments”, 2nd. METU National ELT Convention,  21-23 May, 1992.

Training and Seminer Courses Attended < GO TOP >

1. Several European Union Courses and seminars through Turkish National Agency and Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002- ongoing.

2. Communication skills, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, January-May, 1991.

3. Teacher Training, joint auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Education, YADEM and the British Council, Ankara, Turkey, 30 January–24 February, 1989.

4. Multicultural Environmental Education, Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh, Scotland, 21 May–28 May,1988.

Contributions to Bilkent University < GO TOP >

1. Bilkent University Contact person for the European Union LEONARDO DA VINCI programme. Responsible for carrying out liaison between Bilkent University and the National Agency for Leonardo da Vinci programme.

2. Member of Bilkent University European Union SOCRATES programme carried out under the direction of Vice Rector Prof. Erol Argun.

Member of the following committees for ECTS system development.

·        Departmental representative for ERASMUS ECTS adjustment. Departmental curriculum was reviewed and credits were adjusted according to the ECTS.

·        English Language: The committee reviews the unification or standardization of the English Language components throughout various departments in the university.

·        Practicum: The committee reviews the internship component of the different faculties and schools in order to enable a standard compatible with that of the EU.

·        Student workload survey/learning outcomes and competencies measurement committee: Within the framework of ECTS, the credits should be assigned according to the student workload regarding the respective course. Therefore the committee prepared a questionnaire and surveyed the “student workload” with a randomly chosen student and instructor groups. The data have been analyzed. The same survey will be conducted with the rest of the faculties and schools next semester.

·        Course Unit Description Sub-Committee: I worked with Dr. Þirin Okyayuz Yener in this sub-committee. The aim was to design and template course description, which will be used by all the instructors at Bilkent University. Main activities carried have been:

1.          Initial stage: (completed): Draft course description was prepared after an intensive review of the examples from different universities.

2.          A survey has been distributed to the members of the SOCRATES group members in order to modify the course description format (completed)

3.          The format will be modified the format in accordance with suggestions.

4.          Random selection of two instructors from each Department/School etc to fill out the form and assessing the results, reformulation of form

5.          Final updated version.

3. EU Turkish National Agency, Leonardo da Vinci programme “independent external project evaluation expert”. I was trained by the National Agency as an “independent project evaluation expert”. As an expert my main responsibilities are to evaluate proposals, to evaluate reports of proposals, to evaluate products and results of projects, to perform surveys, analyses, monitoring and follow up activities related to projects.

So far, I have evaluated approximately 32 projects under the “mobility” and “pilot” project categories.

4. EU Turkish National Agency, Leonardo da Vinci programme international “independent project evaluation expert”

5. EU Turkish National Agency, Socrates programme (ERASMUS) “independent project evaluation expert”. I was trained as “independent project evaluation expert” by the National Agency and worked as consultants with them.

6. EU FP6 programme, “independent project evaluation expert”

7. Member of Turkish “Team Europe” (European Union Communication Project)

8 Member of Provost Office Committee for “University Administrator Evaluation” (completed). A study was conducted with a        group of colleagues from different departments in order to prepare a preliminary questionnaire for “University Administrator Evaluation”.

9. Instructor, In-service training to the Bilkent University Support Unit Staff, “Communication Skills-2”, Bilkent Üniversitesi, 2002.

10. Instructor, In-service training for Bilkent University Support Unit Staff, “Communication Skills-1”, Bilkent Üniversitesi, 2000.

Contributions to School of Applied Technology and Management < GO TOP >

1.Representative of School at the SOCRATES programme. Main responsibilities are to represent the School of Applied Management and Technology and Department of Tourism and Hotel Management at the meetings and contribute to the committees mentioned under 12.2.

 2. Member of the following committees

·        Stars: Decision follow-up and dissemination, semester course planning and registration, alumni, student orientation, mobility programs,

·        Research paper support

·        Project development

·        Curriculum Review and Development

·        Faculty Administrative Affairs

3. Project coordinator of the project “mobility of instructors” under the Leonardo da Vinci programme. The proposal was prepared with Dr. Cevat Ertuna and submitted to the National Agency.

The title of the project was “Quality Improvement in the Industrial Training Programs of Tourism and Hotel Management Schools” (TR/04/A/F/EX1-065).

Objectives of this project were as follows:

a. Exchange and acquisition of experience and new know-how of different institutions and comparing achievements in the field of “Industrial Training in Tourism”

b. Strengthening co-operation between universities as a first step in developing “European Industrial Training” program.

c. Strengthening co-operation between universities and European industrial training providers at trans-national level

 The strategy to accomplish these objectives was to visit the host institutions and observe their institutional, governmental and industrial practices in regards to placing, monitoring and evaluating student industrial training process. Best practices will be determined and offered to Turkish Tourism Educational and Industrial Institutions.

            This exchange project involves instructors at Bilkent University, School of Applied Technology and Management and

    1. International Fachhochschule (Bad Honnef, Germany),
    2. The Hague School of Hospitality (The Hague, Netherlands),
    3. University of Surrey School of Management Studies for the Service Sector (Guildford, UK), and
    4. University of Valencia, Institute of International Economy (Naranjos, Spain) .

This exchange project involves instructors at Bilkent University, School of Applied Technology and Management. The following Universities were visited by four colleagues, including myself, Dr Cevat Ertuna and other two colleagues from our department.

  • International Fachhochschule (Bad Honnef, Germany),
  • The Hague School of Hospitality (The Hague, Netherlands),
  • University of Surrey School of Management Studies for the Service Sector (Guildford, UK), and
  • University of Valencia, Institute of International Economy (Naranjos, Spain) .

The details of this project proposal and results were put on Bilkent University European Union Center web-page in order to share the experiences with other interested parties. The proposal and the results are attached to this document.

3. Member of Department Congress Organizing Committee for 2004 EuroCHRIE.

EuroCHRIE 2004 (November), Ankara, Turkey, congress organizing committee (completed). (worked on this conference for approximately 18 months as a department).

            Responsibilities:

·        The committee consists of our school director, department chair and 5 instructors (including myself). we have met at least once a week since last April, 2003. All organizational decisions (such as preparing the content for the web-site, deciding on the programme, venue, pre and post conference activities) have been made by the committee.

·        I was the chair of Industry insight papers review committee. And the associate editor of the congress proceedings.

·        Each member was responsible for all the activities during this period.

4. Member of University Curriculum Review Committee, since 2001, in progress.

Activities:

·        Research regarding the comparison to benchmark departments with our department.

·        Develop a report which involves a review of programs, rationales, future plans and goals with proposed suggestions.

·        Review the University Committee on the Curriculum Report

·        Prepare a presentation in order to meet with the University Committee on the Curriculum.

·        Group presentation to the University Committee on the Curriculum

·        Review of meeting results at departmental level with the Departmental Curriculum Review Committee.

·        Participate in a departmental meeting to evaluate written feedback provided by University Committee on the Curriculum

·        Participate in a group discussion for possible changes related to the curriculum development at departmental level

Contributions to Society < GO TOP >

1. Creating awareness of the “New Curriculum” at Primary and Secondary School levels. Following activities has been carried out since 2004:

·        Visiting Primary Schools in Ankara Region and collecting comments on the new programme,

·        Training these teachers regarding the

      a) the approach of the new curriculum,
 b) content of the lessons,
 c) teaching methods,
 d) assessment methods,
 e)self evaluation of teachers and
 f) personal development,

·        Evaluating the overall picture and developing documents for the educational audience.

2. In-service training to Secondary School teachers, “Total Quality Management in Education”, Ankara, September 2002 and October 2004.

3. Weekly workshops at the British Council on “Teaching and teaching techniques” and “Curriculum development” as “Ministry of National Education Teacher Trainer”, British Council/Ministry of National Education, Ankara, 1990-1996.

4 Teaching TURKISH as a foreign language to the 7th grade children in The Mary Erskine School, Edinburg, 1989.

Research Interests < GO TOP >

·        Instruction and curriculum development

·        Instruction and Curriculum Development in Tourism and Hotel Management

·        Content-based education

·        EU Education projects

·        Internship

·        Human Resources Management

·        Performance evaluation

·        Disabled employment

·        Qualitative research

Educational Development Activities < GO TOP >

The items listed below are in regards to my own development in dealing with issues in the Tourism and Hospitality sector, as well as on a personal basis dealing with Education as an occupation. These activities include preparation for conferences, workshops, the preparation of papers, organizing and researching for new experiences within the EU and harmonization between systems. The list only shows activities planned for 2006 thus far.

     1. Papers submitted

·        “Adding a course to the curriculum? Dilemmas and problems” Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly (Departmental Journal Listing Group 2)

·        “Staff profile in five-star hotels: what makes the difference”, Human Relations (SCI Journal).

2. Presentation preparation

·        “Tourism for disabled people and disabled employment in hospitality sector”. Abstract is intended to be sent to a Tourism and Hospitality or Human Resources Management conferences

     3. Papers in preparation

·        “Why study in a different Language: Dilemmas and Problems”

This research was presented in the conference”, Aulla 33 FILLM 23 Joint Congress Cairns 2005, University of Sydney and James Cook University, Australia, July 15-19, 2005. I have been working on the final version of the paper to be submitted to Higher education or English Language teaching Journals

    4. Research on process

·        “Sexual harassment in Tourism and Hotel Management industry”. This research will be carried with a colleague, Dr Þermin Elmas. So far the questionnaire was prepared.

·        “Instruction and curriculum development” at primary and secondary school levels. The following activities has been carried out

·        a large scale of qualitative data were collected,

·        a portion of this was analyzed and  published

·        the rest of the data will be analyzed and published this year

 5. Acquiring more knowledge on EU Leonardo da Vinci programme 

·        Student mobility

·        Instructor mobility

·        Liaison between the University and the National Agency  

6. Acquiring more knowledge on EU Socrates programme

·        Carrying out the sub-committee activities

·        Carrying out the departmental EU activities

·        Liaison between the University and the National Agency

 7. Attending workshops and seminars related to my profession

 

 

 
   
   
 
 

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