Aliya E. Holmes, Ph.D.

Aliya E. Holmes, Ph.D., is a Long Island, NY, native who is committed to positively impacting education by improving teacher education and access to viable technology tools. 

A Brentwood High School graduate, she earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, a M.S. degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology, and a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology, all from the University at Albany, State University of New York. 

Dr. Holmes joined The School of Education at St. John’s University in 2004 as an Assistant Professor for Educational Technology in the Department of Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescent Education. During this time, she worked closely with preservice and in-service teachers, developing innovative strategies and tools to incorporate in their classroom experience. She also facilitated several support efforts within St. John’s and New York City Department of Education schools through the Brooklyn Bridge program; Achieve Now program; Positive, Engaged, Achieving Kids program; and the ePortfolio Project. In 2010, Dr. Holmes was promoted to Associate Professor of Educational Technology in The School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

She has published several articles on teacher professional development, online learning, and technology integration, and has received more than one million dollars in grants and contracts over the last 20 years. 

As a scholar and public servant, Dr. Holmes chaperoned groups of students on mission trips to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina, and to South Africa to assist women and children orphaned due to their AIDS and HIV status. She has mentored children in New York City who were placed on probation for committing nonviolent crimes, and supported relief efforts here in New York after Hurricane Sandy.  

Dr. Holmes facilitated the College Access for All program for two years in New York City, exposing middle school students to the possibility of college in their future. Within the University, Dr. Holmes served as a former Co-chair and member of the University Assessment Committee. In June of 2020, Dr. Holmes was named the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Development in The School of Education, supporting graduate student programming and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. She supervised activities across campuses and supported those seeking master’s degrees, advanced certificates, and doctorate degrees in education. 

Although an unusual academic year, Dr. Holmes shared, “I believe, as educational leaders of faith, we are equipped to effectively impact and transform lives—even in a pandemic.” 

In 2021, Dr. Holmes was appointed to the position of Interim Dean of The School of Education. As Interim Dean, Dr. Holmes intends to bolster the School’s commitment to its mission to educate, lead, and inspire.