Gaye Acikdilli, Ph.D.

Gaye Acikdilli, PhD

Gaye Acikdilli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

James A. Thomas Hall, 264



Gaye Acikdilli is an Assistant Professor with the Thomas School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Acikdilli’s teaching experience includes many business and marketing courses delivered at both the bachelor and master levels for more than twelve years. 

Dr. Acikdilli earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration at Ankara University in Turkey. Her MBA is from Baskent University which was her previous full-time faculty appointment. She brings experience from companies and trade associations. She taught during the summer at the University of Seoul in South Korea. She has also delivered short-term courses as an exchange professor in Germany, Austria, and Denmark. She connects business leaders to students that include presentations, team projects, and academic service-learning (S-L) opportunities. Some of the NGOs that she collaborated her classes with Red Cross, Scotland County Parks and Recreation, and many others.

Dr. Acikdilli's research focuses on global marketing and business as well as entrepreneurship and sustainability. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, International Journal of Business & Emerging Markets, Journal of International Consumer Marketing, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, among others. Her articles are frequently cited, for example, “Marketing Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Marriage of Convenience or a Shotgun Wedding?” that was published in the Journal of Business Ethics has had more than 500 citations in works by other scholars. She has a chapter in the book" Sustainable Tourism Practices in the Mediterranean". She actively participates in international academic conferences. She also serves as a Vice Program Chair and Chair for the Student Track for the Association of International Business Research and Practice (AIBRP).

Courses delivered at UNCP include: Social Media Marketing, Integrated Marketing Communications, International Marketing, Principles of Marketing, Services Marketing.

 Selected courses delivered at other universities include:

  • Global Marketing Management at the University of Seoul in South Korea. 
  • Global Competition and Trade course at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
  • International Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing Management, and many others at Baskent University in Turkey