Öner Özçelik is an Assistant Professor of Turkic and Central Asian Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) at Indiana University. He is also the Director of IU's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), a Title VI Language Resource Center funded by the Department of Education and focusing on creating language teaching materials for Central Asian Languages (currently Azerbaijani, Dari, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Pashto, Tajiki, Turkmen, Uyghur and Uzbek). He has a Ph.D. in Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and an MA in Applied Linguistics, with a TESOL Certificate, from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He has taught courses on phonology and phonetics, as well as on linguistics and second language acquisition/teaching, in addition to Turkish language courses. He is the recipient of several awards for his teaching and research, including “best presentation/proposal” awards at leading international linguistics and second language acquisition conferences, as well as the Trustees Teaching Award from Indiana University and Graduate Student Teaching Award from McGill University. He is also the Director of IU's Central Asian Language Acquisition Lab where he conducts experimental research on the acquisition, teaching and learning of Turkic languages. His research has been published in leading linguistics and second language acquisition journals.