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Sebnem Cilesiz, PhD
Associate Professor
Joan D. & Alexander S. Haig/BORSF Professor in Education
Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership
University of Louisiana at Lafayette


PhD, University of Florida, College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction
EdM, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Technology in Education
BSc, Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), Secondary Mathematics Education (honors)

Recent Publications

Cilesiz, S. & Drotos, S. M. (2016). High poverty urban high school students’ plans for higher education: Weaving their own safety nets. Urban Education, 51(1) 3-31. link

Drotos, S. M. & Cilesiz, S. (2016). Shoes, dues, and other barriers to college attainment: Perspectives of students attending high poverty, urban high schools. Education and Urban Society, 48(3) 221-244. link
[Featured in the London School of Economics blog on US Policy ]

Cilesiz, S. (2015). Undergraduate students' experiences with recorded lectures: Towards a theory of acculturation. Higher Education, 69(3) 471-493. link

Greckhamer, T. & Cilesiz, S. (2014). Rigor, transparency, evidence, and representation in discourse analysis: Challenges and recommendations. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13 422-443. download

Cilesiz, S. & Spector, J. M. (2014). The philosophy of science and educational technology research. In J. M. Spector, D. Merrill, J. Elen, & M.J. Bishop (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (4th ed) (pp. 875-884). New York: Springer. link

Cilesiz, S. (2012). Cybercafés and youth development. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior (pp. 422-433). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. link

Greckhamer, T. & Cilesiz, S. (2012). Critical and poststructural approaches to strategy research: Theoretical and methodological suggestions. In C. L. Wang, D. J. Ketchen, & D. D. Bergh (Eds.), West Meets East: Building Theoretical Bridges (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Volume 8) (pp. 3-38). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. link

Cilesiz, S. (2011). A phenomenological approach to experiences with technology: Current state, promise, and future directions for research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 59(4) 487-510. link
[Winner of the AECT Young Scholar Award, 2010]

Cilesiz, S. (2009). Educational computer use in leisure contexts: A phenomenological study of adolescents’ experiences at Internet cafés. American Educational Research Journal, 46(1) 232-274. link
[Featured in Savin-Baden, M. & Major, C. H. (2013). Qualitative Research: The essential guide to theory and practice. New York: Routledge.]
[Featured in the Dutch Education Portal Meesterleraar]

Greckhamer, T., Koro-Ljungberg, M., Cilesiz, S., & Hayes, S. (2008). Demystifying interdisciplinary qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry , 14(2) 307-331. link

Teaching at UL

EDLD 803: Qualitative Methods (doctoral)
EDLD 830: Foundations of Curriculum Theory (doctoral)
EDLD 880: Research Practicum (doctoral)
EDLD 900: Dissertation Seminar (doctoral)
EDLD 999: Dissertation Research (doctoral)
EDFL 597: Directed Individual Study (doctoral)
EDLD 505: Curriculum for Education Leaders (masters)


Picard Center, Room 269
200 E. Devalcourt St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: (337) 482-6470
Email: cilesiz /at/ louisiana /dot/ edu

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership