Dr Eylem Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies and teaches courses entitled Women, Islam and Media (first of its kind in the UK) and Middle Eastern Media.
She is the Academic Director of Internationalisation for her School. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). Her pedagogical focus is on issues around internationalisation and global learning and women and media.
She was invited to the House of Lords in 2015 to discuss Higher Education in Turkey, Cyprus and the UK. She is the Leader of the Intercultural Communication and Training Network for the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community for NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
She is the recipient of 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Pedagogical Achievement Award. She was nominated for the Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award (2012), received two Excellence in Teaching Awards at UEA (2012 and 2015). In 2015, she received the Most Inclusive Teacher of the Year award from UEA Student Union’s Transforming Teaching Awards and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Best PhD Supervisor award.