Poetic Public SocIologist

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Sociology 2015, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Pen-Full Resistance: Poetry, Power and Persona
Specialization: Institutions and Inequalities

M.A. Sociology 2010, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Poetic Personas: Self & Society in Spoken Word Performance Culture
Emphasis: Race & Ethnicity

B.A. Sociology 2006, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Concentration: Criminology

A.A.S. General Studies 2003, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Teaching & Research


Present

Assistant Professor | Department of Sociology, Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Lecturer & Program Coordinator | TOTUS Spoken Word Experience, Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocay & Jiménez-Porter Writers' House, College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park

2017    

Guest Lecturer | “Understanding & Addressing Cultural Appropriation of Native American Indian & Indigenous Communities in Design,” Advanced Graphic Design Principles: Design in Society, University of Maryland, College Park

Guest Lecturer | “Art & Leadership,” Advanced Leadership Seminar, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park

2016-2017    

Lecturer | Introduction to Sociology & Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park

2014-2017           

Lecturer | Leadership & Intersecting Identities: Stories of the MULTI racial/ethnic/cultural Experience, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park

2015-2016           

Recurring Guest Lecturer | “Navigating Community Collaborations: Effectively Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication,” Advanced Graphic Design Principles: Design in Society, University of Maryland, College Park & Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, Baltimore, Maryland

2014           

Lecturer | Transfer 2 Terp Community Engagement Internship, Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2012-2013           

Lecturer | Introduction to Sociology & Marriage and The Family, Department of Sociology, Lawson State Community College

2011           

Guest Lecturer & Teaching Assistant | “Poetry, Storytelling and Leadership,” Cultural Leadership, Higher Education & Integrative Studies, George Mason University/Rutgers University Exchange Program

2008-2009           

Research Assistant | Ethnography of Diversity in Higher Education, George Mason University

Administrative

Present                       

Coordinator | Department of Sociology, Montgomery College, Takoma Park / Silver Spring


Participate in the candidate interview process for part-time faculty or full- or part-time staff by  reviewing candidates’ CVs or transcripts, providing chair with appropriate feedback based on the review and interview, and offering chair ideas for possible courses the candidates might teach based on qualifications. In conjunction with the chair, draft course offering schedules for department or discipline and schedule part-time faculty identifying possible teaching assignments. Participate in the evaluation process of full- and part-time faculty and full- or part-time staff by observing a colleague’s class, discussing one’s own course observation with a colleague, completing and signing summary evaluation for part-time faculty, completing a peer evaluation for a full-time faculty member and acting as a mentor. Respond to student complaints or compliments regarding part- or full-time faculty by referring students with concerns to appropriate chair or college resources. Provide relevant information or documents to chair or dean upon request related to the discipline or dismissal of a full- or part-time faculty member or full- or part-time staff member.            


2013-2018           

Coordinator | Native American Indian/Indigenous and Multiracial Student Involvement, Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), University of Maryland

Expanded Multiracial and Native American Indian/Indigenous programming and support to include: signature heritage month events, standing co-sponsorships, attendance & presentations at national conferences, a Multiracial leadership course, local community engagement and inclusion in the University Awards Ceremony through the creation of two new awards. Revived failing social justice arts program, TOTUS Spoken Word Experience, doubling enrollment and alumni engagement, through rebranding, updating curriculum and establishing annual programming and partnerships.

2010-2012           

Coordinator | Global Proficiency Certificate Program, Office of International Programs & Services, George Mason University


Managed and revived program within 10 months increasing enrollment from 0 to 40+ students and reduced the average completion rate from 1.5 years to 1 academic year.

2009-2011           

Cultural Advisor | International Training & Exchange (INTRAX), Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) & Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State

Mentored and supervised diverse groups of exchange students in summer residential orientation & departure programs. Prepared students for living and studying in the United States as well as re-entry to their home countries upon completion of the program.


PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & FACILITATION

2018

Panelist | “Writing for the Social Sciences Alumni Panel.” George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Presenter | 
“Understanding Cultural Bias and Building Awareness using Acceptance a Mindful-based Approach.” Maryland Male Students of Color Summit, Montgomery College, Germantown, MD.  


Panelist | "Make Some Noise-Advocacy & Activism as Leadership." University of Maryland Leadership Education and Development Program, The Newseum, Washington, D.C.

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Presenter | “Critical Mixed Race Studies Comes of Age: Building Multiracial Inclusion into the Curriculum,” with Myra Washington, Mitzi Uehara Carter and Ashley Howard. National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Presenter | “Making Our Work Intersectional: Re Imagining Strategies for Promoting Student Engagement, Inclusion and Success through Multicultural Centers,” with James McShay. National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Presenter | “Resistance & Reclamation: Creating Effective Social Justice Community Art Collaborations,” with Audra Buck-Coleman and Lamontre Randall. Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, Washington, D.C.

Presenter |“Mixed Messages: Disrupting Dominant Narratives of Multiracial Identity in 2018,” with Natasha Chapman. Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, Washington, D.C.

Presenter | “Reclaiming Our Stories: Counternarratives as a Form of Resistance & Healing,” with Natasha Chapman, Minisa Huls and Melissa Beard Jacob. Resist. Reclaim. Reimagine: Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park

Presenter | “Using Collaborative Art Making to Express Baltimore Uprising Counternarratives,” with Audra Buck-Coleman. Leveraging Art and Technology to Address Racial Disparity. As Time Goes By: Social and Institutional Change, 2018 Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

2017-2018           

Invited Speaker | BSOS Ambassadors, The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

2017           

Presenter | “Art & Activism: Building Asset Based Community Partnerships,” with Audra Buck-Coleman and Lamontre Randall. Scholarship & Resistance: The 14th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, American University, Washington, D.C.                       

Invited Speaker | “Understanding Racism and Building Community.” Empowering Voices in Engineering: Equipping Engineers with the Knowledge and Tools Needed for Meaningful Conversations About Race. Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park

Panelist | “How to be a Social Justice Advocate while Navigating Professional Waters.” Department of Residence Life, University of Maryland, College Park

Presenter | “From Reviving to Thriving: Secrets of Multiracial Student Involvement & Community Advocacy.” Multiracial Student Affairs Panel. Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Facilitator | “Tools and Strategies for Addressing Bias in Communication and Community,” with Natasha Chapman and James McShay. Office of Undergraduate Studies, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park

2016           

Presenter | “Invisible Americans - Voices Without Papers” with Stephanie Cork, Vishnupriya “Priya” Krishnan, and Yvette Lerma. Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, D.C.

Invited Speaker | “Becoming a Poetic Public Sociologist.” Alpha Kappa Delta Induction and Spring Celebration, Department of Sociology, George Mason University

Invited Guest Speaker | Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, Annapolis, Maryland

2015-2016           

Guest Speaker | “Implicit Bias: The Intersections of Race, Gender & Socioeconomic Status.” Peer Educators, Sexual Health Programs, University of Maryland Health Center

2015            

Poster Session | “Moving Beyond the Front Desk: Deepening the Student Internship Experience,” with Yvette Lerma, James McShay, and Erica Simpkins. National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Washington, D.C.


Poster Session | “Leadership and Intersecting Identities: Pedagogy of Identity-based Leadership Courses” with Jude Paul Dizon, Brandon Dula, Yvette Lerma and James McShay, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Washington, D.C.


Presenter | “Ignite the Mic! Spoken Word as Social Justice Pedagogy,” Maryland Student Affairs Conference, College Park, MD

Guest Speaker | “I’m Mixed…,” with Natasha Chapman. Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality (CASCADE), Howard University, Washington, D.C.

2014           

Facilitator | “Race & Ethnicity,” Global Consulting Fellows Program, Department of Management & Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park

2013           

Panelist | “Growing up in an Interfaith Household,” Interfaith Week, Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy & Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland, College Park

2012                       

Presenter | “Poetic Personas: Self & Society in Spoken Word Performance Culture,” Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY

2010           

Presenter | “Let My Voice Rest and My Pen Yell: An Ethnographic Study of Spoken Word Performance Culture.” Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA

2011           

Panelist | “Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Identity: A Panel Discussion,” Native American Heritage Month, Office of Diversity Programs and Services, George Mason University

2010           

Panelist | “Black Heritage Month Keynote Address: Kimberly and Scott Roberts,” Office of Diversity Programs and Services, George Mason University

2009           

Presenter | “A New Deal for New Orleans: H.R. 4048: Gulf Coast Civic Works Act,” University of Maryland: (Media)tions: Translating the Body Politic, College Park, MD

Facilitator | “New Orleans: Four Years after Katrina Speak Out: A Discussion with Bruce George,” Independent Arts Collective, George Mason University

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE
 
Present           

Board Member (Community Liaison) | Critical Mixed Race Studies Association


Member | Search Committee for FT Sociology Faculty Member, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellow | Office of E-learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE), Montgomery College

Member | Office of E-learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) College Area Review (CAR) Process Committee, Montgomery College

2018           

Organizer | with Katya Salmi, Spring Sociology Social, Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring

2017-2018           

Chair | Site Planning Committee, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park

2016-2018           

Staff Advisor & Coach | University of Maryland Slam Team, College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, Association of College Unions International

2013-2018           

Advisor | Multiracial Biracial Student Association & American Indian Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park

Chair | Multiracial Heritage Month Planning Committee, University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Chair | Inclusive Language Campaign, Department of Resident Life & Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy, University of Maryland, College Park

2017                       

Member | Planning Committee, Big 10 Native American Gathering, Purdue University

Co-Chair | Community of Practice Subcommittee, Diversity Initiative Planning Committee, Division of Student Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park

Chair | Sarah Winnemucca Award, University Student Leadership Awards Program, University of Maryland, College Park

2015-2017           

Member | Diversity Initiative Planning Committee, Division of Student Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park

2016           

Staff Trip Advisor | The Lakota Nation: Identity, Culture and Empowerment in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Alternative Breaks, Leadership & Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland, College Park

Member | Search Committee for Asian American Pacific Islander Student Involvement Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy, University of Maryland, College Park.

2014-2016           

Mentor | Transfer 2 Terp Learning Community, Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2015                       

Committee Member | Women’s History Month, University of Maryland, College Park

2014                       

Member | Search Committee, Program Coordinator, Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life, University of Maryland, College Park

Participant | National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Indianapolis, Indiana

2012           

Presider | “Ethnographies of Arts & Performance,” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative, New York, NY

2011                       

Contributor | “Mason Around the Globe,” VoxPop Magazine, George Mason University

2009           

Host & Performer | “The Spoken Word Revolution,” Office of Student Involvement, George Mason University

2008-2010           

Co-Founder & Organizer | Cultural Fusion, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, George Mason University

2008           

Fellow | Cultural Enrichment Program, Political Science Department & Justice Studies Department, James Madison University

PUBLICATIONS

Kaya, Naliyah and Natasha Chapman. 2018. “Digital Stories in Leadership Education: Centering on the Voices of Students.” International Leadership Association (ILA) Interface, February 15th.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2015. “Bruised.” P. 79 in Spindrift Art & Literary Journal, edited by Lucienne Aggarwal. Shoreline, WA: Shoreline Community College.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2015. “Fringers Part III: Journey Back Home.” Mixed Roots Stories, December 2, 2015.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2015. “Fringers Part II: From Turkish to Mixed.” Mixed Roots Stories, November 25, 2015.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2015. “Fringers Part I: Reclaiming My Name.” Mixed Roots Stories, November 18, 2015.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2012. “They Call Her Exotic…” Pp. 95-96 in Voices of the Future, edited by Etan Thomas. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2010. “Sugar Hill.” P. 58 in Spindrift Art & Literary Journal, edited by Hannah Newman. Shoreline, WA: Shoreline Community College.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2010. “A Woman’s Burden.” P. 57 in Spindrift Art & Literary Journal, edited by Hannah Newman. Shoreline, WA: Shoreline Community College.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2010. “That Other Woman.” P. 6 in Volition. Vol. 9, edited by Amber Cox and Thaihuong Nguyen. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

Rosenblum, Karen E., Naliyah K. Kaya and John N. Robinson III, eds. 2009. Diversity at Mason: Student Research on Student Identity. Fairfax, VA: A George Mason Publication on Diversity.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2006. “YRTEOP*POETRY.” P. 60 in The Saracen Literary Magazine, edited by Calvin Jamison Jr. Hampton, VA: Hampton University.

Kaya, Naliyah. 2005. “So Perfect.” P. 39 in The Saracen Literary Magazine, edited by Angel Rick. Hampton, VA: Hampton University.

COMMUNITY BASED SOCIAL JUSTICE ARTS PROGRAMMING

2017-2018           

Cross-Cultural Consultant | Nations of Resilience: Standing up | Standing Strong | Standing Proud Interactive Exhibit, American Indian Student Union & Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park

2016           

Cross-Cultural Consultant | BMORE Than The Story: An Exhibit Collaboration between Visual & Performing Arts Students from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School and Graphic Design Students from the University of Maryland College Park, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

2003           

Coordinator | Food for Your Soul: Monroe Poetry Project, Shoreline Community College & The Black Prisoner’s Caucus (Washington State Reformatory- Monroe Correctional Complex)

GRANTS

2015                       

Hoff Theater Grant | Native Roots Monologues Feat. Supaman, Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2014                       

Hoff Theater Grant | Native Roots Monologues Feat. Frank Waln & Lumhe Sampson, Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2012           

Eastern Sociological Society Travel Grant | “Poetic Personas: Self & Society in Spoken Word Performance Culture.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative, New York, NY

2008-2010           

University Life Programming Grant | Cultural Fusion Field Day, University Life, George Mason University

HONORS & AWARDS

2018                       

Excellence in Service Medal for Outstanding Mentor | Academy of Academic Excellence Awards, Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education, University of Maryland, College Park

2016                       

Stamp Star Award | Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2014                       

Honored Instructors Award | Transfer2Terp Learning Community, Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland, College Park

2011           

Certificate of Recognition | “Campus Impact Forum,” Office of International Programs & Services, George Mason University

2009                       

Top Honors Award for University Life “Cultural Fusion” | Innovations, George Mason University

2008                       

John C. & Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship | Alumni Association, George Mason University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Present                       

Eastern Sociological Society

2016-Present           

Critical Mixed Race Studies Association

2006-Present           

Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society