Olcay Yavuz, Ed.D. Assistant Professor
(Coordinator of the 092/6th Year Program)
Dr. Olcay Yavuz is, Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department where he teaches courses in School Law, School Finance, Doctoral Inquiry Seminar, Leadership Perspectives, Program and Personnel Evaluation, Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership, Organizational Development, Advanced Research Methods, Seminar in Educational Leadership, Leadership Development, School Leader Internship as well as Dissertation Advisement and Defense. His research focus is on STEM leadership, comprehensive college and career models, program evaluation and leadership development.
Dr. Yavuz earned his doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Rutgers State University. He also received his Master of School Counseling from New York Institute of Technology and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Science Education. Prior to coming to SCSU, He spent the first twelve years of his professional career as an educational leader, supervisor, counselor and math teacher in K-12 public schools. Dr. Yavuz holds K-12 Supervisor Standard Certificate, Director of K-12 School Counseling Services Standard Certificate, as well as K-12 Standard Mathematics Teaching and Permanent Professional School Counseling Certifications.
Prior to joining the faculty at Southern, Dr. Yavuz taught graduate level courses at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He also worked at Rutgers State University as a project manager of “College and Career Readiness for All Initiative”. Through his scholarship, Dr. Yavuz has been training educational leaders, teachers, counselors and other key stakeholders to design, lead and evaluate research supported college and career readiness programs. Currently, as the founding director of STEM Leadership Institute, Dr. Yavuz provides school leaders and teachers with transformative learning experiences, STEM resources, and support they need to implement effective strategies for improving STEM education for all K-12 students.
Regardless of a student’s socio economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, language background, or disability status, Dr. Yavuz’s research pays particular attention to improving every student’s academic achievement, college and career readiness as well as personal-social and emotional development. As the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (JELPS), Dr. Yavuz focuses on establishing a global network among researchers, policymakers and school leaders to improve school success and every student learning through preparing effective school leaders. Dr. Yavuz has presented his research studies and comprehensive college and career readiness model at numerous international, national, state and district conferences including AERA, NEERO, NERA, ACES, ASCA, National College Board, NJCSA, AMTNJ, NJSBE, NJSCA, NYSSCA and NJACAC.