Meet Our Professors
Assoc. prof. Senad Bećirović
Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities
Senad Bećirović, PhD, is an associate professor and the dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at International Burch University in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After obtaining a master’s degree at both University of Sarajevo and University of Joensuu in Finland, Senad received his PhD from University of Sarajevo. His dissertation was a study of the intercultural education in educational systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senad has more than 15 years of teaching experience at different levels and different educational institutions including University of Zenica, International Burch University and University of Applied Sciences Burgenland. His specific research interests include intercultural education, identification and development of gifted and talented students and foreign language learning.
Assist. prof. Amna Brdarević Čeljo
Head of the Department of English Language and Literature
Amna Brdarević Čeljo is currently working as an assistant professor and the head of the Department of English Language and Literature at International Burch University. She received her Ph.D. title in linguistics from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo. She has researched many relevant topics and has followed rather current research trends in the field of linguistics and her research areas include different subfields of linguistics, syntax, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis in particular, as well as the contrastive analysis of different languages, specifically English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. She has gained valuable experience working at different educational levels for 15 years and has developed highly effective teaching skills.
Assist. prof. Vildana Dubravac
Vildana Dubravac is an assistant professor currently working at International Burch University and University of Zenica. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Josip Juraj Stossmayer University, Croatia. Her research interests include language acquisition, contrastive analysis of English and Bosnian, as well as the historical and contemporary status of English. Working with students of various profiles and age for more than 10 years, on one side, and researching many current issues related to her field of interest, on the other side, she has gained invaluable experience and developed effective teaching skills with the focus on engaging students through active learning.
Assist. prof. Murat Öner
Murat Öner holds a PhD in Literature. Before he joined the Department of English Language and Literature at International Burch University, he worked as an EFL teacher for 18 years in various private schools. His main research interests are the interdisciplinary field of geocriticism, literary geography and cartography, space theories, and Caryl Phillips. His dissertation “Transgressive Spatiality in Caryl Phillips’s Writing: A Geocritical Study” engages with Phillips’s complex spatial discourse. He published articles in special issues of literary journals which particularly address spatiality in literature. He attended many conferences in Europe and USA and his presentations concentrate on transgressive forms in literature as well as in Caryl Phillips’s writing.
Assist. prof. Ceylani Akay
Ceylani Akay gained his BA, MA and PhD in English language and literature. Until he started his career at International Burch University, he worked in the field of English Language Teaching for 20 years at different international schools. He took with him his long years of professional and hands-on experience to shape the future generations. During his teaching career, Prof. Akay worked as the Head of the English Department for 9 years, and as the Director of International Primary School for 6 years in Sarajevo. He attended several programs as a teacher trainer to educate future English language teachers. His areas of expertise include teaching language skills, teacher training programs, language learning strategies, and TESOL.