People  (Chair, Department of English Language Teaching)

Necmi Akşit has a BSc and an MA in English Language teaching, and holds a PhD in Educational Science, all from Middle East Technical University. He began his career as a teacher of English at the Turco-British Association in 1989. He then moved to Bilkent University in 1990, and worked as instructor in the School of English Language for twelve years.  Positions held included: Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Teaching-Unit (pre-sessional courses), and Head of English Language Support Unit (in-sessional credit bearing courses). He joined the Graduate School of Education in 2002, and has been teaching pre-service and in-service teacher education courses since then. He is now Director of Teacher Education in the Department of Educational Sciences, Assistant Director in the Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, and Chair, Department of English Language Teaching. His research interests include education policy analysis, comparative education, citizenship education, content-based language instruction, and resarch synthesis.

Julie Mathews-Aydınlı completed her B.A. in Russian and Slavic Studies (1985) and M.A. and Ph.D. in Second Language Education (Dean's Honor List, 1999, 2003) at McGill University, Montreal. She came to Turkey in 2000 on a Fulbright research scholarship, and subsequently joined the Bilkent MA TEFL program in 2001. After two years leave during which she conducted research at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC, she returned to the MA TEFL program in fall 2006 and assumed the position of program director. Her professional and research interests include academic literacy development, qualitative research methods, curriculum development and design, and analysis of academic disciplinary discourse, in particular that of International Relations.

Deniz Ortaçtepe completed her BA (in ELT) and MA degrees (in Educational Sciences) at Bogazici University, Turkey. After working in Turkey for several years both as a research assistant and as an English teacher, in 2007 she moved to the United States to pursue her doctoral degree. In May 2011, she received her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at State University of New York-Albany, where she was also teaching academic writing to graduate students for the last four years. Her research interests are second language socialization, professional development of teachers, intercultural pragmatics, and sociolinguistics.


Burcu Yücel (Administrative Assistant) 

Burcu Yücel graduated from Bilkent University,  Department of Banking and Finance in 2006. Burcu worked at Akbank and Garanti Bank, private and retail banking. In 2014, she started to work at Bilkent University as an administrative assistant at the department of Psychology. Since August of 2016, she has been working as an administrative assistant at the Faculty of Education.