Selim Tiryakiol received his doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Marmara University in 2018, with a dissertation on Pedagogical Grammar of Turkish. Before arriving at Medeniyet University, he was a Modern Turkish lecturer at Yale University between 2018-2020 and taught classes on Modern Turkish, culture, and literature. He was previously a visiting scholar in the Applied Linguistics Program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). During his graduate studies, he was a research assistant at Afyon Kocatepe University and Yıldız Technical University.
Tiryakiol has published articles on second/foreign language acquisition, teaching, and pedagogical grammar. His current research mainly focuses on areas including language acquisition, variation, and attrition. He has experience teaching both foreign and heritage learners of Turkish in Turkey and in the U.S.
Tiryakiol has a Distance Language Teaching certificate from the Yale University Center for Language Studies. In addition, he has the full Oral Proficiency Interview certificate in Turkish from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He is also a Turkish language representative in the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools.