Nadaya Brantley

Undergraduate Director
Assistant Teaching Professor

Nadaya Brantley (she/her/hers) joined the Falk College School of Social Work as an assistant teaching professor in Spring 2022. She teaches courses in introductory social work and social welfare policy and serves as the baccalaureate of social work program director.

She joined Syracuse University as a member of the field office in January 2011 as an internship placement coordinator and previously served as the assistant director of BSSW field education in Falk College, School of Social Work Field Education Office. She is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker. Her practice areas include work with adolescents, developmental disabilities, mental health, and incarcerated populations.

As a systems thinker, she believes that, in the words of Bell Hooks, “there must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.”  Brantley’s research interests include exploring intersectional identities and educational equity in higher education through a critical race theory lens.

Brantley serves on several department committees and as an advisor for several student organizations, including SU-NAACP, SU-Special Olympics of New York, Social Worker’s United, and the Juvenile Urban Mentoring Program (J.U.M.P. Nation).

She received a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s of social work (M.S.W.) degree from Syracuse University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Cultural Foundations of Education in the Syracuse University School of Education.


Ph.D. Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University (in progress)

Master of Social Work (MSW), Syracuse University (2006)

Bachelor of Science (Major: Social Work), Syracuse University (2004)


Areas of Interest: race & ethnicity, higher education, disability, social work policy, field education & educational equity.


SWK 328: Human Diversity in Social Contexts

SWK 115: Introduction to Social Work Practice

SWK 611: Social Welfare Policy and Services (MSW Online)

SWK 671/672/771/772: Field Instruction I, II, III, IV

SWK 436/446: Field Integrative Seminar I & II

SWK 435/445: Field Practicum I & II

SWK/HTW/QSX 437: LGBTQ Health and Well Being

SWK 301: Foundations of Social Work Practice

HSH 101: First Year Gateway (Co-Instructor)

SEM 100: First Year Seminar Experience (Facilitator)