Sultan Kilinc

Sultan Kilinc
Assistant Professor
Phone: 315.443.9651
Academic Program Area Focus: Cultural Foundations of Education, Disability Studies, Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Special Education, Teaching and Curriculum

Sultan Kilinc, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Dr. Kilinc teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses, such as “Collaboration and Cooperation in Schools,” “Strategies for Teaching Inclusive Education,” “Families of Children with Disabilities” and “Children's Learning in ENL Inclusive Classrooms.”

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Kilinc was a Postdoctoral Scholar working in the Early Childhood Educators at Play Dual Language Learning Professional Development Program at Arizona State University (ASU) from 2016-19. During her postdoctoral years, she taught undergraduate courses at ASU, including “Orientation to Education of Exceptional Learners” and “Multicultural Issues,” in addition to pursuing her extensive research agenda. Prior to her postdoctoral position, she served as a research assistant at ASU from 2012 to 2016.


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and with a cognate area in Special Education, Arizona State University, 2016
  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Honors, Mugla Sitki Koçman University, Turkey, 2008

Research & Scholarship

Utilizing sociocultural, interdisciplinary, and social justice perspectives, in her research, Kilinc focuses on inclusive education policy and practices for historically underserved students, including students with disabilities, dual language learners, and students with refugee status. Her second line of research investigates the intersection of dual language education, inclusive education, and the use of drama in early childhood settings. 

She has published in various peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Inclusive Education, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Bilingual Research Journal, and British Journal of Special Education.


Kilinc received the Fulbright Ph.D. award from 2010-2015. She is currently a member of the American Educational Research Association.

Courses Taught

SPE 634: Collaboration and Cooperation in Schools

SPE 644: Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms & Practices

SPE 623: Families of Students with Disabilities

SPE 706: Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education

EED 314: Strategies for Teaching Inclusive Education

EDU 303: Children's Learning in ENL Inclusive Classrooms