Alliya Anderson earned her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) from the University of San Francisco (USF) in 2007. Before studying at USF, she received her BS in Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University
Her focus as an instructor and a researcher is finding ways to help students thrive in university and beyond. Her work focuses on developing the 21st-century skills students need to become engaged, empowered learners, so they can make a positive impact on their respective communities.
She is a 2018-2019 Khalifa University Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow focusing on discipline-specific communication skills and a member of Cohort 3 for the UAE-Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Program. She is currently the course coordinator for ENGR 311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design. Additionally, she is a communication consultant for ISYE Senior Design Project and the Applied Mathematics Senior Research Project. She has served on the English Department Steering Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee.