Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Ayla Kilic, Chair, BA (International Relations, 1980), MBA (1981), MA (1983) and PhD (Political Science, 1990)
Ayla is a political animal who decided to study political science and become a university professor when she was 16. Her teaching interests are Global Political Economy, Human Rights, Women and Politics. She has published several articles, book reviews and a book in her field. Dr. Kilic encourages her students to become independent thinkers who are not afraid to challenge authority, question the norms and change the status quo to defend their rights, freedoms and beliefs. Her advice to students is "Don't just complain: if you don't like it do something to change it". At a personal note, Ayla is a movie buff and she loves Jazz.
My background includes a travel-study tour around the world focused on issues of peace, sustainability and conflict resolution as part of my PhD in Political Science. I have almost 20 years of teaching experience in a wide range of subjects at many different levels. I have published several articles and book reviews, and I recently edited a book, Unsettled Balance: Ethics, Security and Canadian International Relations. I am highly energized by educational technologies, and I closely follow the latest news about teaching and learning in higher education. I am committed to learner-centred education in its many facets and applications. I believe in making decisions to create harmony, and focus on person-centred values. I blog regularly on political and pedagogical issues here: http://rozwarner.wordpress.com. My portfolio page is located on Academia. For the 2018-19 year I am on Extended Study Leave however you can still reach me by email.
Dr. Linda Elmose, BA, MA, PhD (SFU)
Hi everyone. I am very happy to be here teaching at Okanagan College. I moved up from Vancouver, where I was teaching Political Science courses at Simon Fraser University for the past several years. It is at SFU that I earned by PhD – after many laborious years of hard work – in the fall of 2010. My dissertation topic explored aspects of China's phenomenal or "miraculous" economic growth these past decades. I am enamoured of Asia—its languages, history, culture, peoples, and geography—and tend to focus on the region for my own research and travel there on my holidays (although college/university instructors rarely get holidays). I did my Master's Degree at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea where I lived and worked for about five years. I lived and traveled in Asia for almost a decade, departing immediately after I finished my undergrad degree in Canadian and Quebec Politics from both the University of Ottawa and Université Laval in St. Foi, Québec. Throughout my adult years, I have been a teacher. It's what I enjoy most because of my love of learning.