Distinguished Teachers Honored

The University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards for 2021. They are: Lori Russell Dağ, Seçkin Köstem and Burak Ülgüt, along with Hossein Dabir, who passed away in December and is being presented with the award posthumously. The four awardees were chosen for demonstrating outstanding teaching abilities and for contributing to students’ academic and intellectual development. Please see the 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients’ statements below. (Mr. Dabir’s statement has been excerpted from the statement he wrote for his award nomination file.)
Seçkin Köstem (IR)

I am honored and very happy to be one of the recipients of the 2021 Distinguished Teaching Awards. I would like to thank my department chair Ă–zgĂĽr Ă–zdamar for nominating me for this award. My heartful thanks also to my colleagues and students, who supported my nomination. My past professors at Bilkent University and McGill University have been my sources of inspiration; I can only aspire to be as good and inspiring as them. I have been taught by the best, and I owe my academic journey to them.

Teaching at Bilkent is rewarding. While I am still in the early stages of my academic career, I have already taught dozens of Bilkent graduates who are building careers in academia, the private sector, civil service, international organizations, the media and nongovernmental organizations. Over the years, Bilkent has been more than a university to me. I sympathize with my students and do my best to get to know them better, which is one way of showing my gratitude to this institution. I believe a professor has a lot to learn from her/his students. When I think about how much I have learned from my students in the past five years, I recognize how lucky I am to be teaching at Bilkent. As a Bilkent graduate and a junior scholar, it is a great pleasure to be a part of this pioneering institution. Last but not least, I am grateful to my family for their love and support.

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