Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Associate Professor of Dance Pedagogy, Inaugural Artist Laureate, OSU


Artist Laureate, Dr. Nya McCarthy-Brown will share with the Academy of Teaching through her keynote: Celebrating Creativity in Teaching: Creating Communities of Care and Leadership to Ensure Student Success. Big shifts have come with our post-Covid, twenty-first century society. This talk considers how these changes have translated into new needs for our students and the learning communities we lead. Best practices to build communities of care that tend to high impact learning as well as the humans in the classroom and our relationships to one another will be centered throughout the talk.


Dr. Nyama (Nya) McCarthy-Brown is an internationally recognized culturally sustaining dance educator. She is an Associate Professor of Dance Pedagogy through Community Engagement, at The Ohio State University. Originally from San Francisco, Nya’s love for dance developed at her community recreation center, and later at the School of the Arts High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College; MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Michigan; and a doctoral degree in Dance Studies from Temple University. Dr. McCarthy-Brown’s first book, Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Research, Theory, and Practice was released in 2017, and quickly became an anchoring text in dance education. She recently completed her second book, Skin Colored Pointes, about women of Color in ballet. Dr. McCarthy-Brown is an active consultant for organizations such as: BalletMet, San Francisco Ballet School; Dance Educators Coalition, Minnesota; Cincinnati Ballet: Ohio Dance; and Dance Education Laboratory. This year, she was honored to be selected as OSU’s inaugural artist laureate. As artist laureate, she created a dance film, Reflecting Rae, with Victoria Watford, a BalletMet dancer; and completed a performance tour across Ohio, with OSU dance students, and integrating community members into every show.