Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Deniz Gevrek

An Outstanding Islander

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Excellence in Teaching

Inspired by her older sister who was majoring in economics at one of the most prestigious universities in Turkey, Dr. Deniz Gevrek decided at age 14 to follow in her sister’s footsteps. The sibling rivalry has blossomed over the years into a passionate and friendly competition on the subject.

To this day, Dr. Gevrek, an award-winning Assistant Professor of the College of Business, still co-authors articles with her sister, Dr. Eylem Gevrek, Economics faculty at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Being raised in a family of educators, Dr. Gevrek has always been fascinated by the idea of teaching. Both of her parents were teachers, giving her a solid foundation in leading others educationally.

“Teaching is an experience like no other that involves inspiring interactions between students and the lecture at hand,” said Gevrek. “In my classes, I work to create a fun and memorable learning environment for my students.” 
Although Gevrek has been with the University for only two years, she has proven that she knows what it means to be successful by creating a positive learning environment for students.

“An effective teacher is one who can change and adapt to any learning environment,” she explained. “Customizing your lectures to your audience is the key.”

After teaching at the University for one semester, Gevrek received the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in fall 2010. The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching based on the results of a student survey instrument developed by the Texas A&M University System. She also received the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi College of Business New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in spring 2012.

Dr. Gevrek’s awards reflect her excellent teaching philosophies and methods. She has also received attention for her research papers, and is the faculty advisor of the Student Economics Association. One of Gevrek’s works, “Nepotism, Incentives and the Academic Success of College Students,” was published in the prestigious Labour Economics journal. Gevrek has also written articles on topics of education, migration, race, and immigrant outcomes.

“Through teaching economics and making it fun and relatively easier to understand, I can help my students make better decisions and become better citizens,” she said.

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