Current Job and Position
Associate Dean, Mesa Campus
Other Administrative Positions
MIS Program Coordinator
Education and Experience
Dr. Phelps earned a Bachelor of Science degree on Management with overload courses on Economics from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. She received her MS and PhD degrees from METU in the area of Operations Research, and her MBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Governors State University (GSU) in University Park, IL.
Dr. Phelps has spent a year in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA on a Turkish Council of Higher Education scholarship and six months at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN as an exchange scholar funded by a Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey fellowship. She has also received an Association of European Operations Research Societies/International Federation of Operations Research Societies grant to represent young European scientists at the Latin American Association of OR Societies Summer School in Vinie del Mar, Chile. Her research interests include multicriteria decision making, metaheuristics, distance collaboration, and pattern detection in communications. She has been published in flagship journals such as Management Science, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and INFORMS Journal of Computing.
Prior to joining Westminster, Dr. Phelps worked in academia and consulting in both Turkey and the U.S. She has been with Westminster College since 2005, and at Westminster’s Mesa campus since 2013. She has created Westminster’s current MIS program and overseen MIS theses ranging from Augmented Reality Applications for Disabilities to The Design and Implementation of Globe FM, Westminster’s Internet Radio. She has adapted a wide variety of Business courses to take better advantage of a Liberal Arts environment, and believes passionately that this is indeed the best environment to study, and teach, Business.
Dr. Phelps is a proud member of Westminster Mesa’s Writing Society and spends her rare free moments writing novels, movie scripts, and song lyrics. A CD of her rock opera Swedish Style (Composer: Ayhan Sahin) was produced in 2012. Dr. Phelps is married and has two grandkids, two cats, and a dog – none of whom she gets to see very often. However, she enjoys the climate and cultural events of Mesa very much, and says with J.P. Clum, the first mayor of Tombstone that she “loves the West. The open spaces. The desert mountains, the illusions and disillusions.”