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Gulcan K. Tokluoglu

Graduate Assistant for Program and International Outreach, The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Duquesne University

Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Gulcan's research interests focus on achievement gap, international and comparative education, classroom assessment, and promoting meaningful learning.

Gulcan holds a BA in economics from Anadolu University in Istanbul, Turkey. During the second year of college, she took a job as an administrative assistant to the principal at Bilfen Primary School and got promoted as a public relations manager after graduation.

After moving to Pittsburgh, she completed a Master's in International Business at Point Park University and did volunteer work at different organizations knowing the importance of serving people in need outside the classroom. She is also certified to teach in Turkey, which she did at Bahcesehir College for over two years.

She currently works as a Graduate Assistant for Program and International Outreach for the Ed.D in Educational Leadership program and serves as a Cultural Ambassador for the Office of International Programs at Duquesne University.

Mentored by: Dr. Joe DeCrosta
Director, International Programs, Duquesne University

Dr. Joe DeCrosta, Director of International Programs at Duquesne University, is directly involved with international student admissions and recruitment, immigration policy and advisement, and study abroad programming.  A professional in the field of international education for more than 20 years, Joe has played a role in advocating for international student interests, supporting diversity efforts on and off campus, developing study abroad programming, and administering grants from agencies such as the U.S. Department of State to advance international education and intercultural understanding. Joe was recognized by the U.S. Department of State's Education USA division as a "Best Institutional Partner," and has served on National and Regional committees for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and served as the chair of the Mid-Atlantic region of NAFSA in professional development and advocacy efforts. He has served on the Board of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), was a member of the Conference Planning Committee for Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and currently serves as a Global Fellow for NAFSA mentoring a colleague in The Gambia, Africa.  Joe holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Italian from Rutgers University, a Masters in International Communication from American University, and a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University where he also serves as an adjunct professor teaching courses in intercultural communication.  His research focuses on the nature of nationalism in postmodernity and how the concept of the nation, as we understand it today, may be transforming before our eyes. 
 
Joe is currently producing a podcast for kids, World of Wonder, about the diversity of cultures around the world with his two children, Ethan, 12, and Helen, 10.