– The University of Texas at Arlington has named Schnavia Smith Hatcher, a
University of Georgia associate professor of social work, as director of the new
UT Arlington Center for African American Studies. Her first day will be July 1.
moves to Texas after seven years with the University of Georgia School of
Social Work. She joined Georgia in 2005 and previously served as an adjunct
faculty member in the social work and sociology departments of Bowie State
University, Prince George’s Community College and the University of the District
of Columbia. She has also worked as a research associate for a private research
firm in Maryland evaluating federally funded grant programs.
director of the UT Arlington Center for African American Studies, Hatcher will work
to enhance students, faculty and staff members, and the community's understanding of African
Americans’ unique social circumstances and heritage.
the onset of our process, Dr. Hatcher emerged as an exceptionally strong
candidate from multiple dimensions,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost
and vice president for academic affairs. “She is a true scholar committed to the
support and success of all students and particularly those pursuing studies
focused on issues of significance to African Americans.”
earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta. She
holds a master of social work degree from the University of Georgia and a
doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Kansas.
recently, Hatcher has taught courses on research and evaluation, policy
analysis, crisis intervention and forensic social work. Her own research
focuses on health promotion strategies in correctional settings, addressing
mental health, substance abuse and HIV disparities, and the practice and policy
implications for African Americans.
addition to teaching and research, Hatcher is a licensed clinical social worker
and has consulted with jail and juvenile justice facilities focusing on community
re-entry services for offenders with co-occurring disorders, drug court program
treatment curricula, jail suicide prevention protocol and implementing
continuous quality improvement program monitoring procedures.
Hatcher brings significant experience that will benefit UT Arlington in many ways, said
W. Marvin Dulaney, chair of the UT Arlington Department of History and a key
organizer of the new center, which officially launches in August.
Hatcher understands the significance of the center at this time and how to
build its ability to respond to community needs,” said Dulaney.
said she is honored to have the opportunity to help shape the vision and
mission of the center and provide guidance
in the development to its degree program, research and advocacy agenda, and
center will facilitate the discourse that focuses on race and the significant
context of historical, cultural, and community influences on the diverse
experiences of blacks in America. It will serve as a vital intellectual and
social resource for the community, on and off campus,” she said. “It is my hope
that our students, faculty and staff, and community stakeholders will be
enlightened, inspired and prepared to be a part of social change.”
Center for African American Studies is a collaboration between the UT Arlington School of Social
Work and the College of
Liberal Arts. It initially will offer
an introductory course and a rigorous minor in African American Studies. The
minor will require 18 semester credit hours comprising courses from various
departments. The center will also coordinate service learning opportunities and
host regular research lectures and seminars.
center will be the only one of its kind in North Texas and the third in the
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.