- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Virginia, School of Education
Specialization: Social Foundations of Education
- Master of Arts (M.A.), Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Emory University
Double major: Religion and Environmental Studies
Throughout Dr. Hayes’ career, she’s maintained a passion for interdisciplinary, community-engaged teaching and learning. While working on her Master’s thesis at University of Colorado, she traveled to Dakar, Senegal where she studied Muslim women, Islam, and family planning practices. For Hayes, this project proved to be the most influential opportunity of her life. She believes being an engaged scholar requires relationship building, critical self-reflection, thoughtful risk-taking, and caring about communities and people. Dr. Hayes brings international field experiences and passion for bridging the gap between academic learning and social justice issues.
A native of Cluster Springs, Virginia, Dr. Hayes holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religion from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a M.A. in Religious Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Education in 2012. She has taught with Southside Virginia Community College, Lunenburg Correctional Center, the University of Colorado, and the University of Virginia.