The School of Social Work has promoted eight professors

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020 Valerie Hill

Among those promoted are Keith Anderson, who joined the School of Social Work in August. Effective immediately, he becomes a full tenured professor.


Anderson was hired as the School of Social Work’s Ph.D. program director. He also was named the Cheryl Milkes Moore Endowed Professor in Mental Health.

Before coming to UTA, Anderson had worked since 2012 at The Ohio State University College of Social Work, where he was a tenured professor. Since 2014, he also has worked as an associate professor at the University of Montana School of Social Work. There, he was program director of the gerontology minor special program.


Anderson earned at doctorate degree in gerontology at the University of Kentucky’s Graduate School for Gerontology.


Regina Praetorius, the School of Social Work’s director of graduate programs, was promoted from associate to full professor.


Meanwhile, Assistant Professors Noelle Fields and Ling Xu were promoted to associate professors with tenure.


At UTA, professors are considered for elevation at any point in their careers after they submit an application for promotion or tenure. However, all untenured, tenure-track faculty are reviewed for tenure after they have worked full time for five years, according to the University’s guidelines.

Professors who hold faculty positions at other universities may join the UTA faculty with tenure upon their arrival to UTA with recommendations of a professional school within the university, a tenure committee and upon approval by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, according to UTA’s faculty promotion guidelines.

Meanwhile, four professors, Kiva Harper, Pam Johnson, James Langford and Marcela Nava, were promoted from assistant to associate professor in practice. While their primary roles at UTA are instructional, these professors also are practicing clinicians.

Harper teaches Group Dynamics and Social Work Practice, Military Social Work, Intimate Partner Violence, Direct Practice and Mental Health, Diverse Populations and Stress, Crisis and Coping. At her private practice in Arlington, Harper specializes in trauma and traumatic grief.

She is a faculty affiliate with the Center for African American Studies and recently was selected as a member of the inaugural survivor board with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.


Johnson supervises advanced social work graduate students at Open Arms, a medical clinic that offers free counseling in southwest Arlington. She previously was clinical director of the former UTA Center for Clinical Social Work.

Langford teaches, among other courses, Introduction to Social Work, Social Work Practice II and Generalist Micro Practice. Langford previously worked 11 years providing counseling to pediatric patients diagnosed with kidney disorders and those needed kidney transplants at Fort Worth’s Cooks Children Hospital.


Nava teaches Immigration Policy and Social Work Research courses. Her research focuses on health policy and social determinants of health.


Keith Anderson  Regina Praetorius  Noelle Fields  Ling Xu  Kiva Harper  Pam Johnson  James Langford  Marcela Nava