The Ayşe I. Carden Alumna in Residence Program was established in 2001 by a gift from Ayşe Carden '66, professor of psychology, and her husband, John, with the intention of celebrating alumnae achievement and providing current students with meaningful examples of successful alumnae mentors who have had some international impact.  The program brings to the college, each year, an alumna currently engaged in a career where her expertise and experience will be of significant benefit to Agnes Scott students.  

Ayse Carden

Ayşe Ilgaz Carden ’66, a champion for women’s achievement, childhood development and cross-cultural understanding, dedicated much of her career as an educator to students at Agnes Scott College.

Carden focused her significant expertise and research on societal, professional, familial and cultural forces that affect women as they pursue their education and life goals. She also sparked the education of hundreds of students, while earning the respect of her peers.

A native of Istanbul, Carden graduated from the American College for Girls and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Agnes Scott in 1966. She went on to study at Emory University, where she earned a master’s degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1971, both in educational/developmental psychology. She then returned to her native Turkey, where she served as dean of women and assistant professor of psychology at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. In 1978, she returned to the United States to join the faculty at Agnes Scott and dedicated the next 25 years to teaching at her alma mater.  During all her years at Agnes Scott, Carden was a strong advocate for international students.

Carden received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991. While demanding the highest standards of performance from her students, she was always a warm, gentle and accepting person.

Carden died February 4, 2004, at Atlanta Hospice after an extended battle with breast cancer. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ayşe Ilgaz Carden Psychology Award Fund, Office of Development, 141 East College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030.