Laila Denoya, PhD

 Laila Denoya, PhD

Title: Owner
Company: Bilingual Higher Education Consultant
Location: Fredonia, New York, United States

Laila Denoya, PhD, Owner of Bilingual Higher Education Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Accreditation and Faculty Development.

With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Denoya has been the owner of Bilingual higher Education Consultant since 2000, also serving as a grant field reader for the United States Department of Education since 1997. In addition to her primary roles, she was an assessment consultant with Laureate Education, Inc. from 2015 to 2016, a lead accrediting consultant for the Dean of School Law from 2012 to 2014, and as an international education consultant with the Technical University of Oruro, Bolivia, in 2008.

Internationally renowned for her work, Dr. Denoya has been a Fulbright specialist and a Fulbright senior specialist and consultant to the president of the Technological University of Central America in Honduras, and a Fulbright senior specialist and consultant to the president for St. Mary’s University College in Ethiopia. In addition, she was a private consultant to the university president and a Fulbright senior specialist and private consultant to the ministry of Higher Education in the Dominican Republic, a private consultant to the president of Francisco de Miranda Community College and a Fulbright senior specialist and consultant to the director of the School of Political Sciences in Venezuela, and a Fulbright scholar and senior specialist with Latin and Central American University.

Before obtaining these positions, Dr. Denoya worked as a principal investigator and project director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Accountability Study from 1996 to 1997, the NSF Summer Camp from 1992 to 1997, and the United States Department of Education upward Bound Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) from 1989 to 1999. From 1989 to 1998, she also served SUNY as a grant consultant, and she was with SUNY at Fredonia as a visiting professor from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Denoya also served as a principal investigator for the United State Department of Agriculture Summer Food Program from 1989 to 1998.

Dr. Denoya was inspired to pursue a career in education at an early age, always having the desire to help provide opportunities for others where she can. Particularly passionate about providing opportunities for low income and minority students, she has always believed in doing what she can to help others. Encouraged by her father, whom she considered humble and wise, she began her career as a student at the Central University of Venezuela, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Further mentored by two of her instructors, Prof. Moreno and Dr. Gilarde, she then served as a professor of psychology at the Pedagogic Institute of Caracas from 1973 to 1975.

Dr. Denoya then relocated to the United States to study at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Master of Education in 1977 and a PhD in 1981. Returning to Venezuela to work as an industrial psychologist with the Maraven Oil Company from 1981 to 1984, Dr. Denoya also served as a visiting professor with the Central University of Venezuela from 1985 to 1989. She is certified as a psychologist by the Venezuelan Psychology Council.

A respected voice in her community, Dr. Denoya has been active with a number of organizations. She is a member of the American Society for Training Development, the Literacy Volunteers of America, the Association for the Study of higher Education, and the American Association of Hispanics in higher Education. A regular speaker in the field, she was a panelist for the NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Math.

A firm believer in helping others, Dr. Denoya was the founder of Friendly Kitchen, and she has served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross and the Chautauqua Leadership Network Program, for whom she has also been a member of the network committee. She has also been a reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development, and she is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Throughout her career, Dr. Denoya has been recognized for her contributions, having received seven Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards and been named a Fulbright Scholar twice. Harvard University named her a Scholar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the SUNY Research Foundation gave her an Achievement and Excellence Award. The Secretariat of Higher Education Science and Technology of the Dominican Republican has recognized Dr. Denoya with a Diploma of Excellence, and the Pedagogic Institute of Caracas gave her a Commitment and Excellence Award.

Dr. Denoya is particularly proud of her legacy at SUNY Fredonia, where she was instrumental in bringing the Upward Bound program to the school. She is also grateful that she had the opportunity to visit so many other nations and work with the faculties to exchange ideas, learning and teaching along the way. Looking toward the future, Dr. Denoya intends to publishing a book detailing her experiences and to help put together strategies for high graduation and retention rates for students.

In her free time, Dr. Denoya enjoys reading Christian literature, studying theology, taking long walks, and enjoying the beach and sun.

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