Work Experience

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Spring 2008

                   Graduate Instructor, LING201-Introduction to Linguistics

  • Prepared the syllabus
  • Designed and instructed the undergraduate course
  • Supervised the course TA
  • Taught from a cognitive-typological perspective
  • Designed the course website:

                    Graduate Research Assistant, 2006-2008

                    Sign Language Linguistics Research Lab, Dr. Ronnie Wilbur

  • Recruited participants, designed and conducted experiments
  • Analyzed the data in SPSS and ELAN
  • Wrote progress report for NSF annual report
  • Disseminated the results in (inter)national conferences
  • Prepared publications


Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Research Assistant, 2004-2005 & 2000-2002

Dr.s Asli Ozyurek’s and Aylin Kuntay’s Labs

                     - Worked in the projects:

  •      Turkish Sign Language Project Funded by The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)        
  •      Emergence and early development of language Funded by French National Center for Research (CNRS)
  •      The development of spontaneous gesture systems in deaf children in four cultures Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  •      Crosslinguistic spatial language and cognition Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
    •      Recruited participants, collected data, reported results
    •      Gave technical support for Mac and Digital Cameras

Military Service (required for Turkish citizens)

Lieutenant - Psychologist, 2003-2004