Tanya Smith Brice

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Meet Tanya Smith Brice

I have coached organizations, universities/colleges, and other faith based institutions on overcoming the sin of racism, particularly in the context of Christianity. I have an edited book, titled "Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the national conversation on race among Churches of Christ" that is used in CoC affiliated universities/colleges and in churches across the nation. This text is generally the tool that I use in my coaching, but not solely.

Areas of Expertise

Christian Colleges
Individual 1 on 1 coaching
Other Organizations



Dr. David Fleer
Director, Center for Christianity and Scholarship - Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Tanya Smith Brice has led the Civil Rights Section at the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference for more than 14 years. Under her guidance, the section has produced more than 200 conference papers, a popular volume, and numerous publications in racial justice. Young and seasoned academics have thrived under her "hands on coaching": a consistent commitment to the highest standards of the academic profession seasoned with kind mentoring from the most respected leader in the field.
Dr. Jerry Taylor
Director, Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action - Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
Dr. Tanya Brice walked with me in the work of racial justice before I founded the CSC on Race Studies and Spiritual Action. She has been a part of the leadership team from the very beginning of the work of the Carl Spain Center. She is a person of deep spiritual wisdom as well as a person who works well with others. Her leadership skills are exceptional. She and I worked to set up a Study Abroad program in Ghana, West Africa. She is a mentor to many people of alll races across the nation.
Dr. John Miller
Dean of Faculty/Chief Diversity Officer - St. Norbert College
Dr. Brice is a terrific coach and mentor. What I enjoy about our mentoring relationship the most is her authenticity. I know it sounds cliché, but Dr. Brice has an innate ability to fully engage during every conversation or interaction. She is a great listener who takes the time necessary to fully engage in each conversation. Her expertise in Higher education, generally, and social work education, specifically are unmatched. I fully endorse her as a coach for your network.

Work Experience

Vice President of Education
Council on Social Work Education - Alexandria, VA
January 2021 - Current

I have broad responsibilities for strategic planning, developing and accessing programs, products and services to assist members in faculty, leadership and curriculum development, educational research, and scholarly teaching. Contribute strategic leadership to CSWE in planning and resource development and represents the Council in relationship building with external organizations that complement and support the mission and vision of the organization. Provide guidance and strategic leadership for the Division of Education, which includes the departments of Educational Initiatives and Research, Member Engagement and Professional Development, Grants and Special Projects, the Minority Fellowship Program, and the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice. Collaborate with external partners to develop interprofessional resources on well-being and team-based service delivery.

Dean & Full Professor, College of Professional Studies
Bowie State University - Bowie, MD
July 2018 - December 2020

Bowie State University is a public university and the oldest historically Black university in the state of Maryland. I was the chief academic officer of the College of Professional Studies which is the largest unit on the campus. The College offers eight professional programs of study including social work (undergraduate), nursing (undergraduate and graduate), psychology (undergraduate), criminal justice (undergraduate), child and adolescent studies (undergraduate), sociology (undergraduate), and human resource development (graduate). Provide oversite of the following program accreditations: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); and, the Maryland Board of Nursing. Provide oversight in the assessment of student learning outcomes and other assessment activities for each program of study. Manage schoolwide budgets. Supervise approximately 100 faculty and staff. Serve on Deans’ Council and other university wide committees.

Dean, School of (Education) Health, and Human Services
Benedict College - Columbia, SC
August 2013 - July 2018

Chief Academic Officer of a school of six to eight professional programs including social work, public health, recreation and leisure studies, sport management, and military science. (2013-2015: this school included elementary education, early childhood education, child and family studies, Upward Bound I & II, and a NAEYC accredited child development center). Managed and provided oversight of the following national program accreditations: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT); National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); as well as state licensures related to the child development center. Provide oversight in the assessment of student learning outcomes and other assessment activities for each program of study. Manage schoolwide budgets. Supervise up to 40 faculty and staff. Serve on Deans' Council and other college wide committees.

Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Baylor University - Waco, TX
August 2010 - July 2013

Taught BSW and MSW level courses. Served on the Faculty Development, BSW and MSW Admissions, and the Evaluation and Accreditation (chair) committees. Managed two externally funded grants.

MSSW Program Director & Associate Professor
Abilene Christian University - Abilene, TX
July 2006 - August 2010

Oversaw the implementation of the curriculum by the faculty. Coordinated and wrote CSWE accreditation documents from application through initial accreditation. Served as Graduate Advisor for MSSW students. Chaired the Graduate Admissions Committee. Phi Alpha Honor Society founding sponsor. Mentored new faculty.

Assistant Professor, College of Social Work
University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
August 2002 - July 2006

Taught MSW level courses. Served as faculty liaison for MSW students. Served on committees, including Student Affairs/ Admissions, Advanced Standing Task Force, Workload Task Force, Faculty Search Committee, Dean Search Committee. Minimal student recruitment.


Doctorate - Social Work (PhD)
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
August 1999 - December 2003
Masters - Social Work
University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
May 1994 - May 1995
Bachelors - Social Work
South Carolina State University - Orangeburg, SC
August 1991 - May 1994


Boguslaw, J. & Brice, T.S. (2021). Employee Ownership: Structuring opportunities for racial wealth building and family well-being. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. 10443894211023062.

Brice, T.S. & McLane-Davison, D. (2020) The Strength of Black Families: The elusive ties of theory, perspective, and paradigms in social work education. Rooted in Strengths: Celebrating the strengths perspective in social work. Carney, M.M. & Mendenhall, A. (editors). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries, pp. 25-38.

Brice, T.S. (2020) Elephant in the Room: Race and Christian Social Workers. In T. L. Scales & M. Kelley (Eds.), Christianity and Social Work: Readings in the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work (6th ed.). Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work, pp. 283-293.

Brice, T.S. (2019) Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the national conversation on race among Christian social workers. Social Work and Christianity. 46:2, 8-20.

Brice, T.S. (2019). Racial reconciliation workshops from the 1960s for today. Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity. Gorman, J.L., Childers, J.W., & Hamilton, M.W. (editors). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., pp. 248- 260.

Brice, T.S. (2017) Child welfare practice: An African-centered approach. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 27:1-2, 81-91.

Brice, T.S. (Ed.). (2016). Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the National Conversation on Race in Churches of Christ. Abilene Christian University Press.

Brice, T.S. & Hardy, K. (2015). Introduction to Special Issue on Black Church and Social Reform. Journal of Social Work and Christianity, 42(3), 275-279.

Brice, T.S. & Hardy, K. (2015). Guest Editors, Special Issue on Black Church and Social Reform. Journal of Social Work and Christianity, 42(3), 275-395.

Brice, T. S. (2015). Race Relations in the Churches of Christ: Strategies towards reconciliation. Gender and Diversity Issues in Religious Based Institutions and Organizations. Blanche J. Glimps & Theron N. Ford (Editors). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Press. pp. 184-199.

Brice, T.S. (2014). Is Homophobia a conservative Christian value? In Conservative Christianity and Sexual Orientation in Social Work: Privilege, Oppression and the Pursuit of Human Rights. Dessel, A. & Bolen, R. (eds.). Washington, DC: Council on Social Work Education. pp. 257-271.

Brice, T.S. & T. Laine Scales. (2013). The first and last: A confluence of factors leading to the integration of Carver School of Missions and Social Work, 1955. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 40(1).

Brice, T. S. (2012). “Go In peace and sin no more”: Christian African American women as social work pioneers. In T. L. Scales & M. Kelley (Eds.), Christianity and Social Work: Readings in the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work (4th ed.). [includes an instructional supplement].

Brice, T. (2011). Faith as a Protective Factor against Social Misperceptions of Black Girls: A Historical Perspective. Social Work and Christianity: An International Journal, 38(3).