Hi, there. I am Enes Akbuga. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Drake University which is where I teach mathematics and education courses. I earned my Ph.D. degree in mathematics education from Texas State University. I received my B.A. in mathematics education from Hacettepe University located in Ankara, Turkey. My research interests include studying STEM major students’ motivation and interest in mathematics settings. In addition, I gained a postdoctoral research experience at the University of Michigan focusing on high school mathematics teaching.
I have recently moved to Des Moines, Iowa for my new position at Drake University. Before, I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for one year during my postdoctoral studies. Prior to that, I was in Texas for 6 years which was my first home in the United States. I moved to Texas back in 2012 from Turkey and that’s where I was born and raised. I completed most of my education in Turkey including a college education. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a middle school mathematics teacher at public schools in Ankara– the capital city. I originally planned on staying at schools in Turkey to teach mathematics at the middle school level for a while, but then I changed my mind to move to the United States in order to pursue a graduate education. That was a major decision at such a young age, but I never regretted!
I consider myself a mathematics educator, by training, since both of my degrees are in that field. I love teaching and helping students learn mathematics. It is very fulfilling to me when mathematics makes sense to students. I hope to make a change in my students’ lives and careers.
When I’m not working at my office or at a coffee shop, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors for hiking, cycling or camping. I also LOVE traveling. I take every opportunity to travel and learn from other people. I have been to many countries before but hope to see more around the world!