Itir Toksöz

Itır is originally from Edremit, a large town on the Aegean Coast in Turkey. After leaving her hometown for her studies, she has lived in both cities of the world which have land both in Asia and Europe: Çanakkale and Istanbul. She has earned a BA degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Marmara University in Turkey in 1998, a DEA degree in Strategy in International Relations from Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1999 and a Ph.D degree in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston in 2007. She has taught several courses in International Relations in the USA and Turkey. She is now an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Dogus University in Istanbul and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at the same University. She is also the Erasmus Exchange Program Departmental Coordinator for the Department of International Relations. Her main areas of research is civil-military relations, threat perceptions, science and technology in international relations and human security. As well as these traditional security issues, she also studies international relations through films, cartoons, music and other arts. She is a member of the T:AP (Transcend: Art and Peace) network. Itir also loves composing her own songs and writing her own lyrics, poetry, tales and essays. She adores traveling, the seaside, the cosmopolitan cities, the juncture of civilizations and her ultimate goal in life is sharing life itself through a “meeting of the minds.”

Itır TOKSÖZ Uluslararası İlişkiler alanında doktora sahibidir ve ABD ve Türkiye’deüniversitelerde dersler vermiştir. Şu anda kendisi Istanbul-Türkiye’de Uluslararasıİlişkiler alanında Yardımcı Doç. Dr. olarak çalışmaktadır.

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January 8, 2013
In Turkey, students are admitted into universities through a nationwide test. After the students take the test and receive their scores, they submit a list of choices of the institutions and programs they want to attend to a nationwide center which places them to one of their choices. This placement is a result of not only the test score of the student but also the relative scores of all other students who made the same choice across the country.
September 9, 2012
I have a confession to make: Until recently, I have not known how to ride a bike. Some 6 years ago when a Belgian friend of mine found out that I did not know to ride a bike, he asked me the following question in shock: “OK, so you did not ride a bike, but then what did you do as a child?”
July 19, 2012
A few years ago, I was walking down the streets of my hometown trying to picture places of my childhood to make an archive. When I came in front of the house I lived in as a child and compared my life then and now, I asked myself the question: “How the hell did you get to where you are, Itır?”
June 5, 2012
I finally could offer my course “Science, Technology and International Relations” this past semester. The course had been on the elective courses list for the last three Spring semesters, but  enough students did not register before this year.  My guess was that the course topic was the deterrent: it obviously required being interested in science and technology, not a general characteristic of the average social sciences student. However, somehow the tides have turned this year and I found myself with nine students in the classroom.
April 24, 2012
Why does she have to hit my keys so hard and so fast? It’s as if her brain is running to break the Olympic record in Academic Writing, or as if she would forget her next thought if she waited one more second to write the last one (to be honest from the way she looks so blankly at my screen from time to time, I sometimes think this is the case; she forgets what she’s going to write because obviously her brain is faster than her fingers).
March 27, 2012
I am writing this blog piece on March 8th, Women’s Day.  I started the day by a very meaningful message which was sent by the President of my University. In her message, Prof. Dr. Elif Çepni of Doğuş University stated how proud she was to be at a University where the majority of high administrative positions were held by women: The President of the University is a woman, there are 5 faculties and 4 of them are led by Deans that are women. There are also 4 women Vice Deans in the University, since in 4 of the 5 Faculties, one of the 2 Vice Deans is also a woman. Moreover, the Dean of Students is also a woman. The head of the Foreign Languages School, the Secretary General, the Director of Student Affairs, the Director of the IT department and the Director of Purchasing department are also all women. There is a considerable number of Department Chairs or Academic Unit Heads who are female as well. In my faculty, which is the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, 62% of all faculty members are women.
February 7, 2012
Last November, I briefly visited Boston to give a lecture at Northeastern University, my alma mater where I got my Ph.D. degree. The last time I was there was four and a half years ago to defend my dissertation. It felt like “Homecoming” for me this time, when I visited my old university after such a long time.
November 17, 2011
Many of you may think that this post is going to be about the different stages of professional maturity as academics progress in their careers, but no, this is not what I intend to write. My point will be the about the personal maturity of academics and the way it affects how they handle both their social and professional lives.
July 10, 2011
It is the beginning of the summer period again when I am no longer teaching and when I take some time to assess how the year went. After my experiences in the classroom this year, I am convinced more than ever that teaching with the traditional methods of lecturing does not work anymore on the students of the new generation. I am afraid that the failure to realize this is likely to create a gap between professors and the students, and thus stand as an obstacle to success in our classrooms.

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