Kaia Shivers

Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D. Rutgers University
M.A. Clark Atlanta University
B.S. Florida A&M University

Course(s) Taught: Writing I

Fellowships/Honors:

    Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg Summer Institute for Diversity in Media and Culture (2015)

    Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Rutgers University, The Graduate School-New Brunswick, School of Communication, Information & Library Studies (2012-2013)

    Doctoral Student Fellowship, Rutgers University, The Graduate School-New Brunswick, School of Communication, Information & Library Studies (2008-2009)

    Fellow, Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership (2005)

    First Place Research Paper, Imhotep Research Conference for Graduate Students of Color, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL (2005)

    First Place Research Paper, Imhotep Research Conference for Graduate Students of Color Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL (2004)

Teaching Statement: Taking from Paolo Freire, “knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention” with pedagogies that resist hegemonic regimes of knowing when those who are learning are as empowered and humanized as those who are teaching.

My philosophy is to offer a safe space for students to cultivate intellect, understand and develop personal and collective agency, connect with peers, and actively participate in their own learning. The two main objectives in teaching is to facilitate learning by helping students to gain the necessary skills to take control of their own learning — and eventually use their intellectual growth and skills as productive global citizens.

I focus on assisting students in developing critical viewpoints, while sharpening their skills of written and verbal analyses and articulation in current and historical themes; and employing multimedia and interactive pedagogical methods.

Publications:

Shivers, Kaia N. “Race/Ethnicity in Social Media.” Ed. Kerric Harvey. Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Sage Publications, 2014. 1051-1056. Print.

Shivers, Kaia N. “Threading Disparities in the Digital Divide.” Media Commons, Digital Divide in Scholarship Project. April 2013. Online.

Shivers, Kaia Niambi. "Negotiating identity in transnational spaces: Consumption of Nollywood films in the African diaspora of the United States." MeCCSA Conference, London. Vol. 64. 2010. Online.

Updated on 08/23/2016