Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education


Brief Biography

Mustafa Toprak is an assistant professor of educational administration at AUC's Graduate School of Education. He completed his bachelor degree in English language education at Boğaziçi University in 2004. He obtained his master degree in educational administration, supervision, planning and economics from Fırat University in 2011, and a doctoral degree in educational administration, supervision, planning and economics from Gaziantep University in 2015. He previously worked as a student counselor at the Center for Talented Youth organized by Johns Hopkins University, taught English at K-12 and tertiary level, and education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Selected Publications

  • Toprak, M. (2019). An investigation into educational decision-making in a centralized education system: Governance principals and the case of national education councils (Şûras). International Journal of Education Policy & Leadership, 15(11). doi: 10.22230/ijepl.2019v15n11a871

  • Toprak, M., Karakus, M., & Chen, J. (2019).  Teachers’ attitudes towards their school managers and their intent to leave: A gender-moderated model. Current Psychology, DOI: 10.1007/s12144-019-00537-x

  • Karkouti, I., Wolsey, T., & Toprak, M. (2019). Restoring hope for Syrian refugees: Social support students need to excel at school. International Migration. doi: 10.1111/imig.12642

  • Tosten, R., & Toprak, M. (2017). Positive psychological capital and emotional labor: A study in educational organizations. Educational Leadership and Management4(1), 1301-1312

  • Toprak, M., & Tosten, R. (2017). Amidst fury, regret, and remorse: An analysis of university students who were placed in disliked majors. Australian Journal of Career Development, 26(3) 124–133

  • Toprak, M. (2017). Mismatch between teachers’ need for change and change in practice: What if what they see is not what they want?. International Journal of Leadership in Education, Doi:10.1080/13603124.2016.1272720

  • Karakuş, M., & Üstüner, M., Toprak, M. (2014). Two alternative models on the relationships between organizational justice, organizational commitment, burnout and job satisfaction of education supervisors. Journal of Educational Policy (Korean Education Development Institute), 11(1), 69-94

  • Karakuş, M., Toprak, M., & Gurpinar, M. (2014). Structural equation modelling on the relationships between teachers’ trust in manager, commitment to manager, satisfaction from manager and intent to leave. Croatian Journal of Education, 16(1), 165-189

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Foundations of educational research
  • Strategic educational planning and development
  • Foundations of instructional practices for classroom teachers
  • Research-based instructional leadership
  • Organizational theory and educational institutions

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of teaching and learning
  • Introduction to educational psychology
  • Classroom management strategies
  • Teaching practicum
Research Interest
  • School reform
  • Educational policy-making
  • Organizational behavior at schools