Conference Committee



Berna Akpınar Arslan is currently working as an instructor and a member of the Curriculum and Assessment Team at Sabancı University School of Languages. She received her BA in Foreign Language Education from METU in 2000. She worked in Bilkent University School of English Language (BUSEL) between 2000-2008 and received COTE, DELTA and MA in Management in Education there. She fulfilled assessment, curriculum and management related responsibilities at Bilkent University. Between 2008-2011 she was an active member of the foundation team of Özyeğin University and worked as the Head of Curriculum and Assessment carrying out a variety of tasks involving the establishment and management of curriculum and assessment system. She has been working at Sabancı University since 2011 and involved in teaching, curriculum and assessment related tasks.


Deniz Çiçekoğlu Daryavuz has been working as an instructor at Sabancı University School of Languages since 2012. She received her BA in English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, and her MA at Middle East Technical University. She worked at Bilkent University School of English Language (BUSEL) between 1993 and 2011 where she took on various roles and was working at the Faculty Academic English Program (FAE) before coming to Sabancı University. She also holds a Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English from Cambridge University. Her research interests include teacher’s technology integration, and continuous professional development.

Ebru Özgür Katı is  currently working as an Administrative Processes Specialist at Sabancı University School of Languages. She received her BA in Business, from Dumlupinar University in and VSD from Anadolu University, Human Resources in 2011. She is involved in various tasks including academic performance review process, budget (planning, payments & purchasing), communication with Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Purchasing, Marketing and Institutional Communications, Consultants, as well as carrying out conference and project organizations ( SLTEP, SL International conferences), recruitment and orientation processes, social event organizations and Social Committee support and other related tasks.


Görkem Satak is an EAP instructor and a member of the Curriculum and Assessment team at Sabancı University, Turkey. She acquired her BA degree in American Literature from Istanbul University and MA degree in English from Long Island University. She is currently doing her Ph.D. degree on Curriculum and Instruction at Yeditepe University. Her research interests are curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, educational philosophies and learning theories.


Jonathan M.G. Smith has 25 years of teaching experience in Turkey and Morocco, mainly in teaching English for academic purposes.  He has been an instructor at Sabancı University, School of Languages since 2003 and has been involved in both curriculum development and assessment, and is currently from is a coordinator of the English of Maths and Science course.  He graduated from the University of St. Andrews.  He has the RSA Diploma and an MAppLing in teaching ESP from Macquarie University.  He is interested in teaching lexis, scientific discourse, academic writing and study skills.  He is also a member of the organising team of the Forum on Curricular Issues (FOCI), a gathering of curriculum professionals from universities in Turkey and Northern Cyprus preparing learners for academic studies in English.  

Meral Güçeri has a PhD in Educational Sciences, an MSc in TEFL, a BA in TEFL and a BA in Linguistics. Her teacher training experience includes pre-service and in-service teacher training not only for university instructors but also for primary and secondary school teachers. Meral has run numerous teacher training course and actively involved in SLTEP (Sabancı University School of Languages Teacher Education Program) for teachers and educational administrators. She has not only taught ELT Methodology and Practicum course but also got involved in Certificate of Pedagogic Formation Program. Dr Güçeri also has international teaching and teacher training experience in Poland, Finland, Austria and Portugal. She is interested in professional development, teacher education, educational administration and research.


Merve Karabulut graduated from METU English Language Teaching in 1998 and has been teaching since then.  She worked at Bilkent University, Ankara for six years during which she took part in assessment design, test administration and syllabus revision projects. Since 2004, she has been working at Sabancı University School of Languages, Istanbul, where apart from teaching; she helps with exam production and administration as well as other assessment issues.


Nurdan Çoksezen Metel has been an English instructor at Sabancı University, School of Languages, since 2007. Along with this role, she has been working as the School of Languages Program Coordinator for the last 6 years.   She received her degree in Foreign Language Education Department and her MS in HR Development in Education both from METU. She got her DELTA in 2008. She participated in the Teacher Training Programme at Sabancı University. She worked as a member of the assessment teams and many other task groups at Sabancı University, and previously at Baskent University and Bilgi University.

Yasemin Bancıoğlu Göyer is  currently working as an Administrative Affairs Officer at Sabancı University School of Languages.  She received her BA in Business, from Dumlupinar University. She is involved in various tasks including arranging meetings for SL Director, admin support for student issues, training projects, SLTEP, SL International conference organizations, archive work, SL admin calender organization ( smartsheet), ELAE work (stationery packs, and communication with other units related to exam hall organization), Student absences ( Sports & Clubs ), and web announcements.