Welcome to my website! Here’s a little bit of information about myself: My name is Enes Akbuga, and 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 and 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 postdoctoral research experience at the University of Michigan, focusing on high school mathematics teaching.
I moved to Des Moines, Iowa, during the summer of 2019 for my new position at Drake University. Before, I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for one year during my postdoctoral studies between 2018 and 2019. Before that, I was in Texas for six years, which was my first home in the United States. I love TEXAS! 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 my 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 I changed my mind to move to the United States to pursue a graduate education. That was a significant decision at such a young age, 22, but I never regretted it!
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 a coffee shop, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors for hiking, cycling, or camping. I also LOVE traveling. I have taken every opportunity to visit places and learn from other people. I have been to many countries before but hope to see more around the world in the future!