Bachelor of Arts in History, African Studies, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School

Bryon Maxey

Engagement Manager

Why I choose to work at Academic Innovation:

I chose to work at Academic Innovation in order to help increase educational access and opportunity to historically underserved and underrepresented communities in Michigan and across the globe.

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

I manage learner engagement for Academic Innovation’s portfolio of online courses by supporting AI team members and volunteer mentors who directly engage online learners. With the design team, I collaborate with faculty, and Academic Innovation’s strategic partners, to develop and implement intentional and sustainable learner engagement plans for a diverse population of global learners.

Prior to joining AI, I was the inaugural coordinator and research administrator for the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, a U-M led initiative sharing expertise in Islamic Studies amongst the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities through blended and synchronous learning environments. I have also worked in multiethnic student affairs at U-M where I advised a mentorship program for incoming Black students. Before returning to U-M, I taught as a secondary social studies teacher in both Chicago and Detroit, and for a time, organized a statewide social equity campaign as a Detroit-based community organizer.

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Online Learner Engagement

Multilingual Learning


World History

Africa & the Middle East

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