The Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering is excited to welcome Professor Gozde Gursoy to the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. According to past department chair, Mike Tramel, Professor Gursoy “is the classic definition of the Renaissance woman. She is an artistic scholar who is also an excellent teacher and all around wonderful person.”
Gursoy will be teaching Building Information Modeling (BIM) this spring. She has served as an adjunct professor for eight years at UA Little Rock teaching BIM. She says serving as an adjunct professor gave her great opportunities and experiences in teaching and learning. “Being a part of this family, I have developed in my character, eagerness, passion and commitment to life-long learning.”
Existing faculty are excited to have her expertise in BIM further integrated into the curriculum. Her knowledge of BIM “is not just based on textbook knowledge since she has been teaching and using BIM in real world construction applications for years,” says Tramel.
In addition to serving as an educator, Gursoy has more than 10 years of experience as a professional interior designer. “During my career, I have served as senior level project manager for various award winning lighting projects, working with architects and engineers.”
She holds a Master’s degree in construction management which she received from UA Little Rock and a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the University of Central Arkansas. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree in higher education with a track in administration.
Professor Gursoy has lived in central Arkansas since 2008 and hails from Izmir, Turkey. She stays busy, enjoying volunteering, social causes, cycling, painting, playing tennis, golfing, playing piano and traveling.
“She will be a tremendous asset to the department, college and university,” says Tramel. “I am looking forward to working with her and seeing how to incorporate BIM into our curriculum in a more practical and managerial way.”