Mary Jane Özkurkudis is an instructor and the Head of the Curriculum and Material Development Unit in the prep programme. She graduated from Ege University with first class honours degree in 2000 and holds a BA in English Language and Literature. She completed her MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Ege University in January, 2018. Between 1996-2001 she worked at the British Consulate İzmir as a Consular Assistant and in 2001 with the foundation of Izmir University of Economics, she started working in the School of Foreign Languages as an Instructor. After she had worked there for five years, in 2006 she started working at the Consulate General of Greece in Izmir as a Consular Assistant and a translator. In 2012, she returned to the University and started working in the School of Foreign Languages as an English language instructor. She is the holder of a Pedagogic Teaching Certificate (Ege University), a Certificate in English Language Teaching (British Council), a Certificate in Teaching of English Grammar to Adults (British Council), a Certificate in Teaching Phonology (University of Economics), a Certificate in English for Business (London School of Journalism), a Certificate in Learner Training (University of Economics), a Certificate in the Skills of Teacher Training (British Council), a Certificate in ELT Management (Hox&Erix), a Diploma in Business Law (Stonebridge Associated Colleges) and a Certificate in Curriculum Development (Canadian College of Educators). She has attended several conferences and presented papers. She taught English for Academic Purposes to Freshman classes for two semesters. In the 2020 Spring term she was granted a scholarship by the US Government and successfully completed the Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting course. In November 2020, she completed a Teacher Training course sponsored by the US Embassy in Turkey. In 2021, she received her TESOL Advanced Practitioner Certificate. In 2022, she received a Professional Development for Teacher Trainers Certificate from Arizona State University and a Certificate in Teaching and Developing Academic Writing from Iowa State University. She has written six articles, two of which were published in a journal scanned in the Web of Science (WoS) database.