Sedef Doganer, PhD, receives the title of Docent
Third from left is Sedef Doganer, PhD, with the Review Committee in Turkey.
(December 13, 2012) -- Sedef Doganer, an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at UTSA, recently received the title of “Docent” through the Council of Higher Education in Turkey. She applied for the Docent title in October of 2011. Seven full-time professors reviewed the research, teaching, and service work submitted by Doganer and invited her back for the final examination on November 28, 2012.
Docent is a title used at some European universities to denote a specific academic appointment within a set structure of academic ranks below that of professor. In most cases, it is awarded to people employed as assistant professors with a distinguished international reputation in research after a rigorous review of their research.
For the title to be given, the researcher must have a good overview of his or her research area and must have demonstrated both the ability to formulate research problems and to independently carry through research programs. The researcher is also required to have substantial scientific research experience and be well published in scientific journals.
The Docent title is similar to the German habilitation and French aggregation. It is awarded nationally by the Council of Higher Education in Turkey and must be obtained before one can apply to a docent position. A doctoral degree is required to apply for the Docent title, but one does not have to go through the assistant professor stage to qualify for the docent title. The Docent rank is equivalent to associate professor — as in the American system. 
Doganer holds B.Arch, MS and PhD degrees in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University at Istanbul, Turkey. Her research works focus on architecture and tourism, globalization and multi-cultural design practices, historic preservation, cultural heritage, sustainability, and potential tourism alternatives. As the sole practitioner of her own architectural firm, Doganer gained considerable professional architectural experience in Turkey. She has received numerous awards for her design work, teaching and research, including the 2006 Barlas Kuntay Tourism Research Award from the Turkish Tourism Investors Association and the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award from Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design.
 Gurbuz, K., 2012. “Remuneration of Academic staff in Turkish Universities”, Paying the Professoriate, A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts, p. 299, Routledge, UK.