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Bermet Tursunkulova

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)

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New Campus

Associate Professor

International and Comparative Politics

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New Campus

Phone: +996 312 915 000

Room: 215

Administrative Experience

August 2008 – 2016. Vice President for Academic Affairs, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Oversee academic affairs, admission, enrollment/retention, information technology, report directly to the President and is the primary representative of the President in his absence

 

  • Attestation/Accreditation: In charge of meeting the Ministry of Education requirements for licensing and attestation in  the Kyrgyz Republic. Have directed all curricula changes to meet the US accreditation standards
  • Faculty Issues: Instituted peer review. Have developed and clarified the merit-based salary system.
  • Curriculum Development: Transformed the Orientation Program for Freshmen to focus more on writing, thinking and articulation skills. Developed a first-year seminar to focus more on liberal arts education themes.
  • Enrollment/Retention/Recruitment: Introduced a university-wide admission standards. Improved the advising at

AUCA to foster student-centeredness. Have revised the Academic Honesty Policy. Have worked to improve the non-academic side of the students’ advising, such as insurance, housing and other. Have updated the Financial Aid Policy to recruit the best mix of students.. Increased the number of non-Bishkek students by at least 10%. Initiated more aggressive recruitment in Kazakhstan, China and Russia.

 

July 1, 2004 – July 29, 2005. Regional Manager, Academic Fellowship Program (Higher Education Support Program/Open Society Institute with cooperation of the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan), Central Asia and Mongolia

 

  • Managed AFP’s activities in four countries and worked with local universities administrations’ and other educational agencies in the region. Responsible for the overall financial, programming, public relations, Fellows and staff management of the CAM Program. Tasks included helping reforms of the education system in transition countries by selecting partner universities and departments, developing needs assessment strategy, organizing faculty development and training, establishing partnerships and managing programs with universities, NGOs and ministries of education and cooperating with other agencies working in education, such as ACCELS, IREX, AKHP, USAID and TEMPUS –TACIS.

 

July 1, 2001 – June 30, 2004. Deputy Program Director, Civic Education Project - Central Asia and Mongolia.

 

  • Managed the five country program. Closely worked with the local universities administrations’, ministry of education officials and other educational agencies. Responsible for all aspects of the CEP Central Asia and Mongolia program, which involved but not limited to collaboration between the different countries, reporting on those international programs, fundraising initiatives, monitoring and evaluating various educational projects, creating and developing strategy and policy, and public relations activities. Solely responsible for the SCOUT Special Program’s budget (US $ 106,000 annually).

 

April 2007 – July 2008. Chair/Associate Professor, Department of International and Comparative

Politics, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

  • Have managed 5 full-time faculty and 160 students in the department. Responsible for curriculum update in the department. Under my guidance, ICP was the first department to conduct peer review and establish departmental policies regarding grade requirements, plagiarism, internship and student transfer

 

2000 – 2001. Acting Chair, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University – Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,

 

Teaching Experience

 

April 2007 – July 2008. Associate Professor, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

September 2005 – December 2005. Instructor, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

Courses taught include but not limited to: Introduction to Political Studies, International Political Economy, Comparative European Politics, Politics of Globalization, Politics of Transition.

 

January 2000 – June 2001. Instructor, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

September 1999 – June 2000. Instructor, Department of Diplomacy and International Law, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

Summer 2000, HESP Summer School on International Relations and International Political Economy, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

 

Courses taught include but not limited to: Introduction to Political Studies, International Political Economy, Comparative European Politics, Politics of Globalization, Politics of Transition.

 

Education

 

September 2000 – December 2006. Kandidat of Political Science (PhD), Kyrgyz-Slavonic Russian University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

1998 – 1999, MA, International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

 

1994 – 1998, BA, International Relations and International Law, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

 

Other Training

 

March 2004. Central Asia + Information and Communication Technology Project Research Methods Workshop (funded by the US National Science Foundation and University of Washington), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

February – March 2004. World Bank Distance Course for Central Asia “Communicating Reforms: Missing Link”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

March 2001. World Bank Evaluation Training Seminar “Training for Trainers”, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

July 2000. Summer School on Consolidating Party Systems in Eastern and Central Europe/HESPOSI, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

February 2000. Curriculum Development Training Session, Curriculum Resource Center, Budapest, Hungary.

 

July 1996. Summer School on Human Rights and International Law/UNHCR, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Grants and Awards

 

Stephen R. Grand Award for the outstanding performance and contribution as a CEP Fellow, May 2001.

 

OSI Full Scholarship to study at the Central European University (1998 – 1999).

 

Central European University’s grant to conduct academic research at the WTO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, April 1999.

 

Kyrgyz Republic President’s Award for Academic Achievements (1994).

 

FSA/FLEX High School Exchange Program Finalist (1993-1994). The Program was fully funded by the US State Department.

 

Publications and Conferences

 

Central Eurasian Studies Society First Regional Conference chaired a panel “Constructing the Reality of Central Asia”. Choq-Tal, Kyrgyzstan, 2008.

 

“The Power of Precedent”, Sally Cummings (ed.) 2009. Domestic and International Perspectives on Kyrgyzstan's 'Tulip Revolution': Motives, Mobilization and Meanings. Routledge, London.

 

‘The Power of Precedent”, in Sally N. Cummings (ed.), (2008) Domestic and International Perspectives on Kyrgyzstan's 'Tulip Revolution': Motives, Mobilization and Meanings in Central Asian Survey, Vol 28, Nos 3-4, pp. 347-360

 

“The Development of Perspectives of the Post-Soviet States of the Central Asia in the Globalizing World”. (monograph in Russian). Bishkek, 2006.

 

“The Conditions of Development of Post-Soviet States in the Globalizing World”, Social Sciences and Humanities, # 4, 2006, Bishkek.

 

“The Washington Consensus and Developing Countries”, Vestnik KRSU, Volume 6, # 6, 2006, Bishkek.

 

“Nation-state and New Challenges in the Era of Globalization”, Sayasat (Policy) Analytical Journal of the Institute for Development of Kazakhstan, # 6, June 2006, pp.4-6.

 

“Problems of the Central Asian Region in the Age of Globalization”. Reader. Bishkek, 2005. Coauthor with M. Puhova, A. Elebaeva, C. Chotaeva, N. Esenamanova.

 

“Intellectual Property and Plagiarism Issues in Post-Soviet Central Asia”, Roundtable: Research Ethics and Central Asian Studies: Practices and Challenges at the Central Eurasian Studies Society Fifth Annual Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, October 14-17, 2004.

 

“Precarious Private Higher Education in Central Asia”, International Higher Education Journal (Boston College), # 38, Winter 2005, pp. 10-11.

 

“In Search of Legitimacy: Issues of Quality and Recognition in Central and Eastern European Private Higher Education” 2004 International Workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 20-21. Presented a paper ‘Is Private Higher Education in Central Asia Really Private?’

 

3rd Preparatory Seminar for the twelfth OSCE Economic Forum “Professional Skills Needed for Developing a Market Economy”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 29-30, 2004. Presented a paper on ‘Faculty Development in Central Asia’

 

“Main Trends and Features of the Globalization of the World Economy”, “Kyrgyz National University Journal”, # 7, July 2003 (published in Russian).

 

CEP International Student Conference “The Geopolitics of Central Asia”, Initiator and organizer, Issyk-Kol, Kyrgyzstan, April 2001.

 

CEP Eastern Scholar Round Table, Speaker “Building Political Science Department”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 2001.

 

Yale University – Central Asia Seminar on “Sustainable Economic Growth and Development”, Speaker “The WTO Membership: Cases of Kyrgyzstan and Latvia”, KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan,

June 2000.

 

Community Outreach

 

June 2011 – Initiated and organized the First Regional Reunion of the Central European University Alumni in Central Asia

 

June 2010 – Alumni Speaker at the Commencement of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

 

2003 – 2005. Member of the Supervisory Board, NGO “Peremena”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

August, 2003 – December, 2004. Member of the Supervisory Board, NGO “Teaching for Excellence in Higher Education”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Served on the ACCELS – AUCA/ selection committee for evaluating Turkmen students applying for the US Embassy scholarships to study at AUCA, Bishkek, June 2003.

 

Initiated and fundraised for donations to the Orphanage, Bishkek, 2002 – 2005

 

Active Member of the Kyrgyz Chapter of the Central European University Alumni Association.

 

Language Skills

 

Native Kyrgyz and Russian Speaker

Fluent English

Good understanding of Central Asian languages of the Turkic group

Basic knowledge of French, Turkish and Hungarian

American University of Central Asia
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