Suzan Alyahya

Art Festivals, Workshops, Gallery Exhibitions

  • Participation Gallery at Secondary Graduation Ceremony for Saudi Students, Saudi Culture Mission, Washington, D.C., 2009
  • Participation Gallery, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh (Formerly Riyadh University of Women), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1998-2008
  • Day Pioneers Gallery Exhibition, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2007
  • Designing Enrichment Programs for Talented Students King Abdulaziz & His Companions’ Foundation for Giftedness & Creativity, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2005
  • Collage Workshop, Art Skills Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2004
  • Photography Workshop, Almanahel Association, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2003
  • Patterns of Thinking Workshop, School Training, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2003
  • Albaha Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2003
  • Exhibition of Fine Arts Festival, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2002 & 2003
  • Riyadh, the Capital of Culture, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2001
  • Oil Painting Workshop, Alnahdah Women’s Association Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2000

Community Interests & Volunteer Activities

  • Member of Ebdaa Art group, Jury of the Ebdaa group organization of art,Saudi Arabia Culture Mission, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
    • Taught drawing to pre-school and elementary student
  • Program Design Team Member for the Children's Museum in Greeley, CO, Spring of 2010
  • Volunteer Teacher's Aide at Ann K. Heinman Elementary School in Greeley, CO, U.S.A., 2009
    • Assisted and prepared materials for a traditional 3rd grade classroom
    • Critiqued artwork in art class
    • Generated ideas for art lessons
    • Assisted in teaching art classes
  • Art Instructor, King Abdulaziz & His Companions' Foundation for Giftedness & Creativity (Summer Camp for Gifted Children) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2003 & 2005
    • Taught painting and drawing to gifted students
    • Designed painting and drawing program for students
  • Art Instructor at Pure Art Drawing Workshop for Children in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2004

Conferences & Presentations

  • Presenting a research paper "iPad in Education: A qualitative study of students attitudes and experiences" EdMedia 2012, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education AACE, Denver, CO, US, June 26, 2012
  • Presenting a research paper "Instructor' and Learners' Attitudes Toward E-learning within a College of Education"
  • Learning in the Age of Globalization/ AECT International Convention, Jacksonville, Florida, November 2011
  • Apple Mobile Devices in K-12 Educational Application, AECT International Convention, Jacksonville, Florida, November 2011
  • Teaching and Learning Fair, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A., April 2011
  • Lecture: The Role of Museum Education in the Activation of Museums, National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2005
  • Childrens’ Learning Conference, King Fahd Cultural Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Presented a paper on museum education, 2005

Other Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in teaching drawing and painting
  • Experience in graphic design and instructional design
  • Experience in working with exceptional students (EFL, special needs, and gifted and talented)
  • Motivated and enthusiastic educator
  • Strong researcher
  • Proficient in using a variety of design software
  • Effectively work with pre-service teachers
  • Effective administrator, manager, and collaborator
  • Knowledge of how to use student-centered learning techniques
  • Group learning mechanics
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative learning strategies
  • Educational and training research

Technology Skills

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • Second Life
  • Blackboard
  • Graphic design
  • imovie
  • iweb
  • Garage Band
  • 3D-VR
  • All Microsoft Office applications
  • Internet software applications
  • Wordpress
  • E-learning environment evaluator
  • Certified Peer Reviewer, Quality Matters
  • SPSS and SAS
  • Knowledgeable in many e-learning environments
  • LMC new technology applications in education

Workshops & Continuing Education

  • Peer Reviewed Course for Quality Matters Program to certify the quality of online and blended courses, October 3, 2012
  • Applying the Quality Matters QM Rubric. October of 2010 What is New in Blackboard 9.1, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A., December of 2011
  • Blackboard for First Timers, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A.. December of 2011 Planning your Online Course, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A., December of 2011
  • Print & Interactive Design Using Adobe Creative Suite, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A., May of 2011
  • Web and Interactive Design using Adobe Creative Suite University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO, U.S.A., May 2011
  • Adobe Video Products, University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO, U.S.A., May 2011
  • Educational Use of Concept Mapping, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, U.S.A., March of 2011
  • Problem-Based Learning, University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO, U.S.A., March of 2011
  • Project of learning in Second Life, Fall of 2009


Alyahya, S. & Gall, J.E. (2012). iPads in Education: A Qualitative Study of Students’ Attitudes and Experiences. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 1266-1271). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved April 2, 2014 from

Alabdulaziz, F., Alanazy, M. M., Alyahya, S. and Gall, J. (2011). Instructors’ and learners’ attitudes toward e-learning. Proceeding of the Annual Convention of the Association for Education Communications and Technology, 1, 3-12. Online journal article retrieved from

Alyahya, S. (2005). Identifying Talent among Art Students: A Master’s Thesis. King Saud University.

Awards & Honors

  • Named the 2014 Doctoral “Graduate Scholar” by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Spring 2014
  • Invited participant by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission for the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, 2009, 2013, 2014
  • Third place winner, Saudi Artists in United States, Event “Beauty Made by the Unseen” Minnesota, United States March 2013
  • Featured Contributor to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in the U.S. Magazine, AL-MUBTAATH, July 1, 2009, “Art and Poem: Sadness of Story.”
  • First Place Winner, Promising Artists Competition Pure Art Organization, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1998

Work History

Work History
1999 - Present

Art Instructor

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University of Riyadh
  • Teach painting and drawing
  • Serve on various university committees, including the Commission on the Conduct of Examinations
  • Instruct and evaluate pre-service art teachers
  • Develop lesson plans and course materials
  • Organize gallery, training, and cultural events


2009 - Present


University of Northern Colorado


2013 - Present

Quality Matters

University of Northern Colorado
2012 - Present

Quality Matters, Peer Review

University of Northern Colorado
May 2009 - May 2009

Intensive English Program

University of Northern Colorado