Aliya E. Holmes

Associate Professor
PhD, Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology , University at Albany, State University of New YorkMS, Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, University at Albany, State University of New YorkBS, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, University at Albany, State University of New York
In 2004, Dr. Holmes joined the St. John’s University community to teach active and aspiring K-12 classroom teachers new techniques and innovative tools related to educational technology. Now, as an Associate Professor for Educational Technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Holmes continuously strives to improve the quality of education for learners of all ages, through teaching, research and service. Understanding how quickly digital landscape changes, Dr. Holmes empowers students to be flexibly adaptive when using technology and working with young learners. She believes while tools evolve it is important to embrace change, remain committed to our goal to help others and support learners as they find their path for success. Her passion as an educator who empower others extends beyond her classroom to the many projects and grants Dr. Holmes has participated in over the years. In collaboration with the DOE NYC Dr. Holmes facilitated and/or participated in programs like Achieve Now Academy (ANA), PEAK–Brooklyn, and College Access for All (CA4A) which provided a variety of student support services to young students in NYC. Throughout her career, Dr. Holmes was awarded several grants which included the FIPSE Making Connections (ePortfolio) Grant which explored the infusion of electronic portfolios or ePortfolios in education. Today, her research interests include technology integration, professional development, ePortfolios, STEM, online learning and the digital divide which are reflected in her publications. Dr. Holmes has a deep commitment to the mission and community of St. John’s University and actively takes part in services projects around the world. Dr. Holmes is a member of the University Assessment Committee and currently serves as the Assessment and Accreditation Co-Chair for the School of Education. In 2020, Dr. Holmes was appointed as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Development for the School of Education where she worked to develop efficient administrative processes and systems within the SOE during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In May of 2021, Dr. Holmes was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Education working with faculty and staff to ensure quality education for teachers and educational leaders. As Interim Dean she continued to elevate the legacy of the School of Education as leaders in the development of the next generation of Catholic, private and public school teachers who can change the world. In July 2022, Dr. Holmes returned to faculty and continues to impact future leaders and researchers in education.

Teaching Interests

Educational Technology
Digital Learning

Research Interests

Technology Integration
Professional Development
Digital and Online Learning
The Digital Divide

Courses Taught


Select Publications

Journal Articles

Holmes, A. E. (2021). The Truths We Hold. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches . vol. 13, pp. 19-21.

Holmes, A., and Lopez-Ortiz, B. (2010). Embedding Electronic Portfolios in the Student Teaching Seminar Experience: Issues of Curriculum and Training. Academic Exchange Quarterly. vol. 14, pp. 18.

Holmes, A., Signer, B., and MacLeod, A. (2010). Professional development at a distance: A mixed-method study exploring inservice teachers’ views on presence online. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. vol. 27, pp. 76–85.

Holmes, A., Polhemus, L., and Jennings, S. (2005). CATIE: A blended approach to situated professional development. Journal of Educational Computing Research. vol. 32, pp. 381–394.

Swan, K., Holmes, A. E., Vargas, J. D., Jennings, S., Meier, E., and Rubenfeld, L. (2002). Situated professional development and technology integration: The capital area technology and inquiry in education (CATIE) mentoring program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. vol. 10, pp. 169–190.

Swan, K., Bowman, J., Holmes, A. E., Schweig, S., and Vargas, J. (1998). “Reading” the Web: Making Sense on the Information Superhighway. Journal of Educational Technology Systems. vol. 27, pp. 95–104.


Kelly, J., Swan, K., Bowman, J., Lemke, C., Du Mont, R., Muffoletto, R., Goldman, R., Soloway, E., and Holmes, A. (2006). Editor Managing Editor. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET). vol. 2,