Faculty Affiliates

Dr. Diane Allen

Allen, Diane

Associate Professor, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Dr. Allen's Research Profile

Diane Jones Allen is Program Director for Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture Planning, and Public Affairs, University of Texas, Arlington. She is Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana which received the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Community Service Award. In 2017, she participated on the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change. Diane serves on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), on the diversity and climate change sub-committees.

Dr. Krystal Beamon

Beamon, Krystal

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
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Dr. Myrtle Bell

Bell, Myrtle

Professor of Management
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Dr. Robert Bing

Bing, Robert

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Bing's Research Profile

Robert “Bob” Bing has earned the PhD in Criminology from Florida State University. He is the author or coauthor of over 40 manuscripts and four textbooks. Bob’s research interest includes plea bargaining, race and crime, issues in higher education and corrections. He is currently completing  a manuscript about the cascading effects about the denial of bail. Bob Bing is actively involved at the professional, university, college and departmental levels. He considers himself a warrior for social justice.

Elten Briggs

Briggs, Elten

Associate Professor and Chair, Marketing
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Elten Briggs is an associate professor and chair of the department of marketing at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary research interest is in the area of services marketing, with emphasis on business-to-business services, retailing, and multicultural marketing. His research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Advertising.

Kyrah Brown

Brown, Kyrah

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
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Kyrah Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology (public health program), and the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Equity Lab. Her research focuses on addressing social and structural inequities in Black maternal and infant health. She is also trained in community-based participatory research and evaluation science.

Jandel Crutchfield

Crutchfield, Jandel

Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Jandel Crutchfield, UTA School of Social Work assistant professor, earned her PhD in Social Work from the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include the influence of implicit racial and skin color bias on public education outcomes for students and families and school social workers’ role in leading anti-racist practices in schools. Her teaching includes School Social Work and Human Diversity courses.

Dr. Rebecca Garner

Garner, Rebecca

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
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Dr. Garner's public health background includes 26+ years of business and teaching experience, along with 12 years of experience at The University of Texas at Arlington.  Her passion and purpose is focused on creating positive educational experiences which contribute to student's personal and professional growth. She has a particular interest in advocating for vulnerable populations, particularly for those individuals with physical disabilities.  She serves as the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program Director in the UTA Department of Kinesiology and teaches a broad range of courses in public health and the Doctorate of Nursing programs.

Kiva Harper

Harper, Kiva

Assistant Professor in Practice, Social Work
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Kiva Harper is a licensed clinical social worker and an Assistant Professor in Practice in the School of Social Work. She has a BS in Criminal Justice from The University of North Texas and a MSSW in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her areas of specialty include trauma, military social work, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse and grief.

Pamela Hill

Hill, Pamela

Adjunct Professor of African American Studies
Dr. Hill's Research Profile

Dr. Hill is an adjunct professor, Afrocentric educator, journalist, activist with over 20 years of experience in Higher Education. Her research interests include Black Student Development, Black Students on Predominately White Campuses, Retention of Black Students in Higher Education, and Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Penny Ingram

Ingram, Penny

Associate Professor, English
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Dr. Kent R. Kerley

Kerley, Kent

Professor and Chair, Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Kent R. Kerley, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Kerley’s primary research interests include corrections, religiosity, and drug careers. His research has appeared in top journals such as Aggression and Violent Behavior, Deviant Behavior, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, Social Forces, and Social Problems. He is author of Religious Faith in Correctional Contexts (2014), Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion (2015), Finding Freedom in Confinement: The Role of Religion in Prison Life (2018) and Religion and Crime: Theory, Research, and Practice (2018). He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Google, and the Religious Research Association.  

Cedrick May

May, Cedrick

Associate Professor, English
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Anne Nordberg

Nordberg, Anne

Assistant Professor, Social Work
Dr. Nordberg's Research Profile

Dr. Anne Nordberg is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work who holds a joint PhD in Social Work and Anthropology. Her research focuses on challenging the narratives about and documenting the experiences of people who are justice-involved or at risk of justice involvement. Also, she is interested in how transportation inequities exacerbate structural inequalities among disadvantaged populations including justice-involved people.

Delaina Price

Price, Delaina

Assistant Professor, History
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Delaina Price is the Fenton Wayne Robnett Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and has held fellowships from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  She is currently working on a book manuscript that analyzes small businesses developed by black freedpeople in the forty years after emancipation, and she teaches classes in American history and African American history.

Dr. Kenton Rambsy

Rambsy, Kenton

Assistant Professor, English
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Kenton Rambsy is an Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his PhD in English from the University of Kansas in May 2015, and is a 2010 Magna Cum-Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as it relates black writers and rappers.

Brandon Respress

Respress, Brandon

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Brandon Respress, PhD, RN, MPH, MSN, is currently an Assistant Professor (Clinical Track) within the College of Nursing and Health Innovation graduate studies department. Dr. Respress’ research interests are focused on the effects of prejudice, discrimination and racism on adolescent mental health outcomes and health disparities research, which helps to inform her practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Ericka Roland

Roland, Ericka

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Dr. Roland's CV

Dr. Ericka Roland is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines critical leadership development in postsecondary educational settings through two interconnected lines of inquiry: 1) The dynamics of dialogical relationships; and 2) The lived leadership experiences of historically minoritized persons. In the study of critical leadership development, she centers questions through the problems and possibilities for leading to enact equity and justice. She currently co-coordinates the Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor for undergraduate students at UTA.

Scott Ryan

Ryan, Scott

Dean, School of Social Work
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Dr. Eusebius Small

Small, Eusebius

Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Dr. Eusebius Small’s work focuses on HIV epidemiology, prevention, and the implementation of community-based, peer-delivered interventions to change HIV risk behaviors and substance abuse. It involves research of public health importance to include culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use, abuse and dependence and related risk factors using innovative methods. He teaches undergraduate and graduates courses to include Foundation of Social Welfare Policy and Services and Theory Modeling and Building in the doctoral program.

Dr. Allison Tomlinson

Tomlinson, Allison

Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Social Work

Dr. Tomlinson's Research Profile

Dr. Tomlinson is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work her research examines the impact of stress within family systems with an emphasis on addressing maternal incarceration. She draws on a diverse career in multiple areas of social work including social policy, medical social works, administration, child welfare, and clinical therapy with children and families. She teaches across the MSW and BSW curriculum and her service to the university focuses on diversity and inclusion as liaison to the Diversity Studies Minor.

Debra Woody

Woody, Debra

Academic Staff, Social Work
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