Sabri Ciftci, associate professor and Suleiman Chair in the department, was one of four faculty members selected in 2017 from across KSU for a Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Last year, Ciftci won the William L. Stamey Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence within the College of Arts and Sciences.
In his classes, Sabri always strives to increase students’ understanding of different cultures and variations in social and political practices. He also works to help students grasp how events in the Middle East can be important to our everyday lives, and may impact the entire world. Sabri’s efforts extend beyond the classroom as well. He has arranged for countless visiting scholars to speak about Middle Eastern political issues at KSU and has organized workshops and panels on campus that are open to everyone.
Ciftci is also, of course, a highly respected scholar of Middle Eastern issues, having recently been invited to speak at Princeton University, Rice University, and the American University in Beirut.
Our students are fortunate to learn from experts like Dr. Ciftci who have a passion for teaching!