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fakarsu@miis.edu

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Türkçe

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Fusun Akarsu

Visiting Professor in Education & Intercultural Studies


Dr. Fusun Akarsu is a Visiting Professor from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. She taught a course on International Education Policy and a workshop on Intercultural Modes of Thinking this fall, drawing upon her experience in teaching education courses at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as her previous research in intercultural studies and leadership. She is offering two more courses in Intercultural Communication and again a workshop on Communicating through Social Media and World Events. She is part of a research team at the Monterey Institute with Nuket Kardam, Philip Murphy and Katherine Punteney doing a pilot study in intercultural modes of thinking and reasoning in countries like Macedonia, Israel, USA, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

Dr. Akarsu holds her BA in English Language and Literature and her MA and PhD in Curriculum Development and Evaluation from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. She has a deep fondness for space relations which present themselves more forcefully to her through nature and architecture. When it comes to choosing places to live (Istanbul as it is experienced at the Bosphorus and the Monterey Bay from a foothold at the Monterey Institute) or the kind of work when she has a choice (cooperating with architects in building schools for gifted children at INANC and a K-12 school for ENKA), she opts for the opportunity to contribute to shaping and reshaping the world around her. She has worked as an administrator and as a faculty at the Bogazici University Life Long Learning Center designing and implementing a number of programs in training of the trainers, professional development for teachers, research and project development for teachers and university faculty among other skill development programs. She was one of the vice presidents at the Bogazici University between 2008 and 1012. She has served as a board member in one of the largest education charity foundations in Turkey, TEGV Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation. She also served as board member of a holding company which operates a several K-12 schools, including an international school in Turkey.

She is passionate about sharing her interest and ideas on intercultural studies and leadership with the Monterey Institute faculty and students. She believes that she has found a strong base here at the Institute where people are open to new ideas, to exploring the possibilities of putting theory into practice and learning from one another. She is excited to be part of the mission of the Institute and enjoys greatly the high standards of academic and practical skills the widely intercultural/international students display. She feels like a student eagerly trying to make use of formal and informal learning opportunities the Monterey Institute community provides. The warm, friendly and collegiate atmosphere among students, faculty, staff and the community greatly appeals to her. She finds Monterey as one of the most beautiful places to live and work in with its diverse flora, fauna and wonderful landscape.

Expertise

Curriculum design and evaluation, gifted education, training of trainers/professional development, intercultural communication and leadership

 

Courses

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ICCO 9513 - Intro InterculturalCommunicatn      

This course introduces the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication using a fresh and practical approach. Students are encouraged to examine and analyze the driving forces behind both the purposes and means of communication in intercultural settings. They are expected to find the relationships between the actors of communication and the media in which the communication and interaction among the actors take place. They are also required to study and demonstrate the types and functions of various modes of communication. Students will be asked to understand and display basic skills in interpersonal communication and leadership.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ICCO 9543 - ResearchIn IntrculturalStudies      

This course is designed to assist students to conduct a small scale research project in the field of intercultural studies. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and theories of intercultural competencies and intercultural communication. They will have an introduction to quantitative and qualitative designs and methods of measurement and statistics. Students will develop a research proposal, collect data, analyze it and present the findings and the results to the class.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ICCO 9552 - Comunicatng/SoclMdia/WrldEvnts      

Students will examine major means of intercultural communication such as mass media, internet, social media, travel abroad and consumer markets. They will analyze the impact of world events in shaping the intercultural perceptions, expectations and actions of the individuals and organizations. Students will reflect on their own interactions with social media and how they influence and are influenced by global events and media.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IEMG 8542 - Educational Foundations      

This course is designed for non-teaching education professionals. It introduces basic terminology, theories and paradigms that have shaped contemporary educational practices. It covers two basic layers of education by 1) studying the phenomena of learning; 2) examining effective and efficient teaching and learning environments. The course will enable students to develop skills as practitioners of education and to better communicate about educational principles with teachers and administrators.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IEMG 8600 - Intl Education Policy      

This course examines the role of national and international policy in shaping international education. Course topics include among others, U.S. policies related to international exchange and aid for education in developing countries, the impetus and outcomes of the European Union Bologna Process, and the worldwide push toward the internationalization of higher education.

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IPOL 8546 - Intercultural Modes ofThinking      

Intercultural Modes of Thinking Workshop is based on the model IMTAR (Intercultural Modes of Thinking and Reasoning) and a scale IMTARS developed by Dr. Akarsu to delineate patterns of thinking in different cultural settings. Model is comprehensive and tries to define critical and underlying concepts and processes that exist in most cultures while displaying different forms of reasoning and corresponding practices in everyday life. Students are expected to play an active role in discovering the patterns observed in the cultures of their choices by finding evidence and examples from their own experiences, observations, stories, anecdotes, multimedia sources or related literature. Students can work in groups of two (each focusing on a different culture) or in larger groups (enabling clusters of cultures to be compared). At the end of the workshop an overall pattern analysis will be done by the whole class. It is expected that student work either in written format or in multimedia format will be shared online or published as a comparative case study of cultural thinking patterns.

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IPSG 8513 - Intro InterculturalCommunicatn      

This course introduces the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication using a fresh and practical approach. Students are encouraged to examine and analyze the driving forces behind both the purposes and means of communication in intercultural settings. They are expected to find the relationships between the actors of communication and the media in which the communication and interaction among the actors take place. They are also required to study and demonstrate the types and functions of various modes of communication. Students will be asked to understand and display basic skills in interpersonal communication and leadership.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8543 - ResearchIn IntrculturalStudies      

This course is designed to assist students to conduct a small scale research project in the field of intercultural studies. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and theories of intercultural competencies and intercultural communication. They will have an introduction to quantitative and qualitative designs and methods of measurement and statistics. Students will develop a research proposal, collect data, analyze it and present the findings and the results to the class.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8552 - Comunicatng/SoclMdia/WrldEvnts      

Students will examine major means of intercultural communication such as mass media, internet, social media, travel abroad and consumer markets. They will analyze the impact of world events in shaping the intercultural perceptions, expectations and actions of the individuals and organizations. Students will reflect on their own interactions with social media and how they influence and are influenced by global events and media.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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