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Olcay Yavuz

Olcay Yavuz
Olcay Yavuz, Ed.D. Assistant Professor
(Coordinator of the 092 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 developing a school-wide STEM culture through preparing and inspiring pre-service and in-service urban educational leaders, the framework for preparing effective school leaders through research based reform and policy, building high-quality professional learning systems, designing comprehensive evidence based student services and program evaluation.

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 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, policy makers, teachers, counselors and other key stakeholders to design, lead and evaluate research supported college and career readiness programs. Currently, he is working on designing the Global Research Center for College, Career and Life Readiness at Southern to support high-poverty urban schools in the United States and around the world. 

            Dr. Yavuz perceives the low academic achievement and lack of college readiness of underprivileged, minority and/or low-income urban students to be a social justice issue of the 21st century. Regardless of a student’s socio economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, language background, or disability status, Dr. Yavuz’s comprehensive student support services model aims to improve every student’s academic achievement, college and career readiness as well as personal-social and emotional development. Dr. Yavuz has presented his research studies and comprehensive college and career readiness model at numerous international, national, state and district conferences including AERA, NERA, ACES, ASCA, College Board, NJCSA, AMTNJ, NJSBE, NJSCA, NYSSCA and NJACAC.