Umur Çelikyay Lecturer Office Number: SOS 123
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1519
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Gülfer Göze Office Number: SOS 129
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1325
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Çetin Gürer Lecturer Office Number: SOS 105
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1000
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Lindy Hogg Office Number: SOS 115
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1782
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Baran Kasak Lecturer Office Number: Sos 115
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1782
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Paul Newton Lecturer Office Number: SOS 128
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1488
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Kamuran Osmanoğlu Lecturer Office Number: SOS 119
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1597
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Yamen R. Rahwan Office Number: SOS 112
Telephone Number: +90 212 338 1190
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Biography - Umur Çelikyay
Umur works as an Academic Writing Lecturer and specializes in: cross cultural issues in rhetoric, academic writing, computer in language instruction, and practical translation. He earned an MA in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at Bilkent University in Ankara and believes that school is for students.
Biography - Gülfer Göze
Gülfer earned a BA in Western Languages and Literatures/Literature from Boğaziçi University in 2004, an MA in English Literature from Boğaziçi University in 2007, and a PhD. in English from Tufts University, expected in Fall 2018. She began teaching university-level writing courses and literature courses at Tufts University in Boston in 2008, where she was a PhD student and writing consultant. During her academic and professional career, she has presented papers and published articles and book reviews. She has been on both sides of the writing process as a teacher and writer, so she is aware of and takes into consideration the challenges that students face. As she believes that one of the main responsibilities of the university is to encourage critical thinking, she builds her courses around concepts such as the environment, injustices, gender inequality, racial issues, and poverty and class. Her areas of interest are: composition studies, writing in the disciplines, history of the book, paratext and the editorial process, African-American literature, the novel, gender studies, and environmental studies. She currently teaches ACWR 101 (Food for Thought). She emphasizes the value of analytical thinking and classroom discussion as indispensable elements in learning how to write. Good writing is first and foremost the result of an independent mind that can analyze a subject in the light of knowledge and personal experience. This process will enable students to build perspectives of their own, which they can utilize not only in their writing classes, but also in their daily lives. Gülfer has been the Director of the KU Writing Center since Fall 2018.
Biography - Çetin Gürer
E. Çetin Gürer received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Villanova University. He has been teaching philosophy courses in higher education since 2014. As of 2021, he is a full-time lecturer at Koç University, Academic Writing Program. His research interests are critical space theory, philosophy of time and history, philosophy of race and gender, and urban justice. He holds B.A and M.A. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University, Türkiye, and an M.A. degree in Philosophy from Villanova University. He has written in journals and newspapers such as Birgün, Cumhuriyet, The European Legacy, Mavi Posta, and Viewpoint. He has taken part in alternative pedagogical projects such as Free University Philadelphia, The Public School, Machete Art Group, Critical Theory Workshop, Bomovu, and Oseminars. He is also an amateur photographer running a photography and ecology project called TurtleOnEarth.
Biography - Lindy Hogg
Lindy is working at Koç University in the Academic Writing Program. She is currently teaching a module on Refugees and Forced Migration.
Biography - Baran Kasak
Baran Karsak received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. His main research interests are in the sociology/anthropology of food, eating and agriculture. Karsak’s dissertation focused on the cultural production of value in a global South context, using the cultural-historical making of ‘superfood avocados’ in south Türkiye as a case study. Before joining Koç University, he taught anthropology courses at Northeastern University. He is currently a Lecturer in the Academic Writing Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities of Koç University.
Biography - Paul Newton
Paul is an Academic Writing lecturer and has almost 20 years of teaching experience, more than half of which was in universities in London. He has been a member of the Academic Writing Department of Koç for 9 years and can’t imagine ever doing a different job. He holds an MA in English, Rhetoric, and Writing from San Diego State University. His teaching philosophy is that no matter how impossible a task might seem, there is always a way for you to complete it to the best of your ability. What you have to do is understand why it seems impossible, and how you can use the skills you have to the best effect.
Biography - Kamuran Osmanoğlu
Kamuran is a Lecturer at the Academic Writing Program at Koç. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Before joining Koç, he taught philosophy at the University of Kansas and Bilkent University. He has multiple years of experience in teaching writing to college students, and professionals and researchers from different disciplines. He continues his research in philosophy of (social) science, philosophy of mind, and ethics of technology.
Biography - Yamen R. Rahwan
Yamen Rahwan holds a PhD degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick, UK. Prior to Koç, he worked at Aleppo University, Özyeğin University and Istanbul Bilgi University, teaching both academic writing and literature. Dr. Rahwan has a wide range of academic interests in languages, philosophy and modern world-literature.