Dr. Melike Yilmaz has been appointed the Director of the Institute of Languages and African Studies at Regent, effective, October 1, 2016.
Dr. Yilmaz has about 15 years of experience teaching foreign languages, comparative and world literature as well as cultural studies at colleges and universities in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Nigeria.
Dr. Yilmaz holds an M.A. and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Yilmaz gained her PhD in comparative literature from Fatih University as well. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the University of Birmingham (UK) where she wrote her PhD thesis, University of Johannesburg (South Africa), and the University of Zurich (Switzerland).
Her research interests include: politics of literature, world literature, comparative literature, colonial and postcolonial literature and politics, African literature and transatlantic slave narratives. She has published articles in various journals, and has served as a speaker at various international conferences around the world. Her doctoral thesis topic was on the "Comparism of Soviet Literature with South African literature".
As the Director of the Institute of Languages and African Studies, Dr. Yilmaz will be responsible for providing academic and collegial leadership, planning and coordinating the day-to-day running of the Institute ensuring quality performance. She will also be responsible for facilitating co-operation with other universities, among other duties as well as serving as a Senior Lecturer.
Prior to Regent, Dr. Yilmaz worked in Turkey where she was responsible for the creation and organization of The Africanist 2016 programme. The programme, which was the first of its kind to be organised in Turkey, sought to dispel misconceptions about Africa, and create awareness about African culture. A special Africa photo exhibition was organised alongside this programme.
“Dr Melike Yilmaz has good communication skills, commingles well as an international scholar, and has great collegial qualities”, said Professor Seth A. Ayettey, Vice President, Academic Affairs. “Although she is Turkish, she has good knowledge of the African culture, having lived and worked previously in Nigeria”.
"I am committed to use my international experience gathered from working and teaching in various institutions all over the world towards the promotion of Regent University and its successful students", said Dr. Melike Yilmaz.
Dr. Melike Yilmaz is married to Dr. Mesut Yilmaz, who has also been appointed a Senior Lecturer at the Regent School of Business and Leadership.
About the Institute of Languages and African Studies
The Institute of Languages and African Studies is making considerable progress in teaching academic writing as an interactive and thought-provoking course. The institute provides assistance to students in writing and conducting research.
The Institute of Languages and African Studies also provides a platform for critical conversations on pertinent issues relating to Africa’s development.