Faculty

Necmi Aksit (Director, MA in TEFL Program     

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 the Director of Teacher Education Program, called MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Teaching Certificate. Additionally, he is Assistant Director in the Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, and Director of MA in TEFL Program. 

His research interests include Teaching English for Academic Purposes, Teacher Leadership, and Comparative Education, and  Innovations and Advances in  Qualitative or Mixed methods research, Policy Analysis, Evaluation, Citizenship Education 


Hilal Peker         

Hilal Peker completed her B.A. degree in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University (2007) and M.A. degree in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar (2013). Then, she received her PhD degree in Education/TESOL from the University of Central Florida where she was also teaching a variety of ESOL courses while working as a Research and Teaching Assistant. After completing her PhD degree, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, for two years. She joined the Graduate School of Education at Bilkent University in Fall 2018. She has been authoring multiple peer-reviewed papers, presenting her research studies at many national and international conferences, and providing her services as an editor and manuscript reviewer of peer-reviewed journals, including TESOL Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, MexTESOL Journal, International Journal of TESOL and Learning, Journal of Pedagogical Research, and Journal of Narrative and Language Studies. She is actively involved in TESOL International Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She received several research and teaching awards in the field, including Sunshine State TESOL Research Award and Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include Early Language Learning and Teaching, Second Language Motivational Self System, Bullying Victimization of English learners (ELs), EL identity, simulation technology, and teacher training. 


Tijen Aksit         

Tijen Akşit holds a PhD in Educational Sciences, and an MA and a BSc in English Language Teaching. She has been affiliated with Bilkent University for more than thirty years. She started her career working as an English language instructor for 6 years at the English language preparatory program. Before holding various administrative positions at Bilkent, she was also employed as a full-time teacher, and as a Director of Language Studies at a K-12 school in Ankara for a year. Over the years she has taught tertiary level general English, and English for Academic and Specific purposes classes to undergraduate, and teacher education courses to graduate students. She has been teaching at Graduate School of Education since 2003. She is also Director of School of English Language and its Faculty Academic English Program. Dr. Aksit has been heavily involved in the design of quality assurance systems for tertiary level English language preparatory programs in Turkish universities working with Higher Education Quality Council Turkey. She is an Advisory Board Member of Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Language Education. She is the author of the book titled Characteristics of Effective Schools and the Co-editor of Bridging Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom. Aksit has also published on teacher appraisal systems, teacher action research, and teaching English for academic purposes.

Research interests: Teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English Medium instruction (EMI), Language teacher development, Quality assurance in English language teaching / education, Teacher leadership, Teaching English / Turkish as a foreign language 


Administrative Assistant 

Burcu Yücel       

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.