About me

I am an assistant professor (tenure-track) at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. I received a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture (LRC, major) and Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (SLAT, minor) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I taught ESL and Turkish as a Foreign Language in Arizona’s schools and literacy organizations like Literacy Connects Tucson and PIMA Adult SLA Program. I was a board member at AZTESOL for several years and served as a president in 2021-2022.

Academic Interests
Some of my academic interests are listed below,  but I continue to learn the latest theories and approaches to second language and literacy development. I collaborate with scholars at different stages of their career on these and other topics.

  • Second language writing and multilingual learners of English (MLE)’s writing experiences in secondary schools in science courses.
  • ​Corpus-based language pedagogy and teacher education
  • Written academic registers
  • Educational discourses in classrooms and media
  • Content area, disciplinary, and digital literacy development 
  • Transformative learning and language ideologies in higher-ed ESL endorsement courses (e.g., linguistics) 
  • Doctoral student mentoring in writing

Methods: ​
I am interested in using the following methodologies in my academic research. I actively implement some in my research projects: ethnographic perspectives (participant observation, interviews, field notes, focus groups, home visits), discourse analysis, corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS), corpus linguistics, academic literacies, and genre theory and practice.

In my free times, I continue to develop my German as a third language and volunteer at public schools and professional organizations.

My Story

I grew up in rural regions of central Turkey (Anatolia). I went to a teacher training high school in the city of Kutahya. I later received my B.A. in the Foreign Language Education (FLED) Department at Bogazici University. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I traveled to the U.S. to receive my M.A. in TESL at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff). I had the opportunities to teach at Arizona’s schools and literacy organizations.

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