Having been in the field of Economics with this ambition for more than a decade, with exposure to a great variety of teaching styles and personalities, I believe that my role as a teacher is to ensure that students learn, no matter what their background, level of motivation, needs, or abilities are. I have worked as a tutor, recitation leader, lecturer, applied econometrics lab instructor, assistant and associate professor in courses for economists and non-economists both at graduate and undergraduate levels at a multicultural environment to a group of students from all over the world. During my academic career, my teaching evaluation scores in all semesters and in all universities I have worked so far, were far-above department norms for the courses I taught.
My primary teaching goals are (1) to clearly present the material in order to motivate students and keep them motivated, (2) to believe in the importance of keeping a reasonable balance between theoretical and practical content to encourage students to build on these concepts and improve their analytical and critical thinking ability, (3) to make myself available to students in and out of the class.
Having taught of several classes to students with different academic backgrounds, I believe effective teaching consists of several elements. Clearly, one cannot have an understanding of economics without the fundamentals. Learning the basic concepts in the beginning of a curriculum is absolutely crucial to critical thinking about much complex ideas as a student continues to progress in the program. For instance, teaching students who come from various backgrounds requires instructor flexibility. For this purpose, I prefer to give the first test early in the semester and make it of average difficulty. As the semester proceeds, I rearrange the material according to students’ needs and abilities. I choose this material taking into consideration the class characteristics. I never ask in the exams anything that I do not cover in the class, but I also encourage students to challenger themselves by approaching different problems to those seen in class, and asking me questions about them.
Part-time Faculty (currrent job since September 2015), Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Economics Courses: ECON 210 Principles of Economics (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016) Associate Professor (April 2016-July 2016), Turgut Ozal University, Department of Economics Courses: BUS 208 Statistics II (Spring 2016), ECON 204 Macroeconomics II (Spring 2016), ECON 302 Econometrics II (Spring 2016), ECON 216 Statistics II (Spring 2016) Assistant Professor (February 2014 – March 2016), Turgut Ozal University, Department of Economics Courses: ECON 152 Microeconomics (Spring 2014), ECON 302 Econometrics II (Spring 2014), ECON 406 Applied Econometrics (Spring 2014), BUS 207 Statistics I (Fall 2014), BUS 309 International Economy and Finance (Fall 2014), ECO 251 Macroeconomics (Fall 2014), ECON 301 Econometrics I (Fall 2014), ECON 215 Statistics I (Fall 2014), BUS 208 Statistics II (Spring 2015), ECON 302 Econometrics II (Spring 2015), ECON 406 Applied Econometrics (Spring 2015), IKT 216 Statistics II (Spring 2015), BUS 207 Statistics I (Fall 2015), ECON 203 Macroeconomics I (Fall 2015), ECON 215 Statistics I (Fall 2015), ECON 301 Econometrics I (Fall 2015).
Instructor (Full Responsibility), (September 2009 – April 2011), Florida International University Courses: ECO 3202 Applied Macroeconomics, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011
Teaching Assistant, (September 2008 – April 2009), Florida International University Courses: ECO 7405: Mathematical Methods in Economic Analysis (Fall 2008), ECO 4401: Introduction to Mathematical Economics (Spring 2009)
Teaching & Research Assistant,(August 2005- August 2007), Middle East Technical University Courses: ECON 101: Introduction to Economics I (Fall 2005), ECON 210: Principles of Economics (Fall 2005), ECON 102: Introduction to Economics II (Spring 2006), ECON 631: Monetary Theory (Spring 2006), ECON 201: Microeconomic Theory (Spring 2006), ECON 301: Introduction to Econometrics I (Fall 2006), ECON 302: Introduction to Econometrics II (Spring 2007), ECON 210: Principles of Economics (Spring 2007)