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Language Education Accreditation Board (DAK) is an autonomous body of DEDAK which is responsible for the evaluation of Language Education Programs and making the decisions in the accreditation process. So as to be able to fulfill these responsibilities, the members on DAK are experts in the field of language education. (click here for DAK members). DAK performs the evaluation processes of language education programs with these Program Evaluation Teams. The (Language) Program Evaluation teams consist of a Chair and five (5) members from the program Evaluator’s pool. DAK’s structure, rules of procedures, and details pertaining to the Accreditation process are fully described in the DEDAK documents, under the Heading: Çalışma Yönetmeliği ve Değerlendirme ve Akreditasyon Uygulama Esasları Yönergesi.

DAK Full Members

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Nergis Uyan

Nergis Uyan graduated from the Middle East Technical University’s Foreign Language Education Department and she received her MA in Management in Education from Bilkent University. She completed Cambridge University DTEFLA (Diploma in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults) and Bilkent University ADEM (Advanced Diploma in English Language Teaching Management).

She worked in several positions at Bilkent University School of English Language (BUSEL) including English Language Instructor, Head of Teaching Unit, Teacher Development Coordinator, Teacher Trainer and Member of BUSEL Directorate. She has been working as the director of the Ozyegin University School of Languages (ScOLa) since February 2010.

Nergis Uyan has been working in EAQUALS (European Association for Quality Language Services) initial and re-accreditation process of Özyeğin School of Languages (PREP Program, Undergraduate English Program and Modern Languages Program) since 2016. She has also joined the EQUALS Board as a trustee in 2018 April.

Mehmet Atasagun


Mehmet Atasagun is the director of the School of Foreign Languages at Bahçeşehir University (BAU), Istanbul, and the director of BAU TÜRKMER, Center for Turkish as a Second/Foreign Language.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language Teaching (ELT), Master's degrees in ELT and Educational Studies, and is doing his PhD in Foreign Language Education.  He has designed and implemented English Language programs in the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Georgia within BAU ESL Program, which enables BAU students to study English abroad.  He has also designed and managed various coursebook projects, teacher-training programs, and technology enhanced language learning programs.  He took the 'Trainer Development Course' offered by the British Council.   He has been involved in quality assurance and accreditation as the director of the school which delivers a CEA accredited Intensive English Program.  He is also a founding member of DEDAK, an association for language education, evaluation and accreditation in Turkey.

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Dr Bahar Gün

Dr. Bahar Gün holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in ELT. She has been working at İzmir University of Economics since 2003. She currently works as the Head of the Teacher Development Unit in the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) at IUE.  She is in charge of in-service teacher training and development programs in the SFL. Her research interests include EFL teacher education in general, and teacher cognition and reflective teaching and learning in particular. She is also a CELTA and ICELT tutor, and an OTA trainer. She is the president of TESOL Turkey Association.  

Assoc Prof Dr Tijen Aksit

Dr. Tijen Aksit is Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Education, and Director of School of English Language and its Faculty Academic English Program, Bilkent University. She is also a member of the university’s Quality Commission. Aksit has been teaching undergraduate level English for academic purposes, and graduate level teacher education and educational administration courses for more than thirty years. She has assumed a key role in the development and piloting of a quality assurance external review program for the English language preparatory schools of higher education institutions in Turkey working with the Turkish Higher Education Quality Council. She is the author of Characteristics of Effective Schools, and Co-editor of Bridging Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom and The Future of Teaching English for Academic Purposes. Aksit researches and publishes in the area of English medium instruction, teaching English for academic purposes, English language teacher, and quality assurance in English language programs of higher education.

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Donald Staub


Donald Staub is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the School of Foreign Languages at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. He also served for four years as the coordinator of the Quality Assurance Unit within the School of Foreign Languages at Isik University (Istanbul). Donald has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and an MA (TESOL) and BA (Literature) from Michigan State University. Dr. Staub is a trained and experienced reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), as well on the leadership team of DEDAK, the Turkish language program accrediting body. He also has significant accreditation experience with institutions in the U.S. that have been accredited by NCA, SACS, and CAEP. His primary research interests lie in EFL quality assurance, student retention, delivery of English medium instruction, micro-credentials and digital badges, with recent book chapters on quality assurance in EFL programs as well as quality assurance in ESP programs. His edited volume Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Foreign Language Education (Springer) was published in 2019.

Ian Collins

Ian Collins is the Academic Assistant Director of the School of Foreign Languages at Yaşar University in Turkey, where he has been a faculty member since 2009. He has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator, helping develop both the IEP program as well as the English for Academic Purposes courses at Yaşar. He is also currently the program coordinator for Yaşar’s EAP and Modern Languages courses and teaches English for Specific Lega Purposes in the Faculty of Law. Ian’s Master’s in Education degree focused on educational change management and accreditation and he has presented and published regularly on language program management and accreditation issues in Turkey and internationally at TESOL and IATEFL conventions. He led Yaşar IEP’s steering committee for its initial Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) application in 2010-11, and was then the self-study coordinator for its re-accreditation in 2015-16. Ian is also an experienced trained CEA site reviewer and a current CEA Commissioner.

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