Yakut Gazi appointed Vice Rector for Innovation in Digital Learning and Education

Yakut Gazi, Ph.D., a veteran educator and administrator, has been named Duke’s senior vice provost for learning innovation and digital education, Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday.

She will oversee the Offices of Learning Innovation and Continuing Studies, with responsibility for the development and execution of instructional innovation and digital education strategies, academic enrichment programs for youth, and educational offerings. continuing education and lifelong learning.

Gazi will join Duke on July 29 from Georgia Tech, where she is currently associate dean for learning systems at Georgia Tech Professional Education, the university’s continuing education arm and global campus.

“Yakut has an extremely exciting vision for the future of instructional innovation, digital education and lifelong learning at Duke, as well as a demonstrated commitment to building diverse and inclusive teams” , Kornbluth said. “I’m confident she will be a creative and collaborative partner for faculty and administrators across the university as we move into Duke’s second century.”

Gazi has nearly three decades of experience as an educator and university administrator in the United States, Spain, Turkey and Qatar. His academic interests include affordable learning at scale, the future of work and learning, science education, and educational technology.

“I am honored to join the Duke community,” Gazi said. “The team I will lead is a driver of academic innovation, with global and lifelong impact. We currently have a unique opportunity to shape not only the future of learning at Duke, but also the future of higher education and talent strategy. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, leadership, and the wider Duke community, to enrich the learning experience and activate Duke’s global network.

At Georgia Tech Professional Education, Gazi oversees the learning design, production, continuous improvement, compliance, technology infrastructure, and support of online professional development and credit courses and programs. In this role, she coordinated faculty preparation and technology support for Georgia Tech’s transition to blended and distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Yakut brings to Duke an impressive vision and passion for supporting teaching and learning, as well as a strong track record of successfully managing administrative roles in complex settings,” said Executive Vice President Jennifer Frances. “I am confident that his leadership will lead Duke into a new realm of academic innovation and lifelong learning opportunities.”

Prior to his current role at Georgia Tech, Gazi led distance education initiatives at Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering, oversaw distributed learning and instructional technology at Texas A&M-Central Texas, and was Information Technology Consultant at Texas A&M University in Qatar. .

Gazi’s appointment follows a national search chaired by Emma Rasiel, professor of practical economics, and a committee of faculty and staff.

“I am grateful to Emma Rasiel and the search committee for their dedicated and thorough work,” said Kornbluth.

“The search committee felt that Yakut’s background, experience and personality make him an ideal candidate for Duke,” Rasiel said. “She understands the complexity of bringing together two previously separate functions at Duke, and her communication style – a nuanced combination of candor and empathy – seems uniquely suited to successfully executing this process. We also believe her personal warmth and his consensus approach to management will resonate with voters and fit well into Duke’s culture.

Gazi has been active at the national level through a number of professional associations. She is currently the First Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) and a Board Member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

She co-edited the 2021 open access e-book “Moving Horizontally: The New Dimensions of At Scale Learning in the Time of COVID-19” and received a Certificate of Merit from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2021.

A first-generation college graduate and a native of Istanbul, Turkey, Gazi earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University, as well as an M.Sc. in Education and a B.S. in Chemistry Education, both from Bogazici University in Istanbul.

Gazi will move to Durham with his wife and daughter this summer.