Tanya Smith Brice, Ph.D.

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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S.W., University of South Carolina
B.S.W., South Carolina State University


Dr. Tanya Smith Brice is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Previously, she served as Vice President of Education at the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandria, VA. Dr. Smith Brice has also served as Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD and Dean of the School of (Education) Health and Human Services at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. She has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), and Baylor University (Waco, TX).

Dr. Smith Brice's research centers on addressing issues of structural violence specifically as it relates to the impact of those structures on African American people. Her publications focus on the development of the social welfare system by African American women for African American children and documents structural barriers to African American families. She provides consultation to community organizations, religious institutions, and educational institutions on the impact of their policies on African American families.

Dr. Smith Brice has taught and lectured all over the USA, as well as in the countries of Ghana, Sweden, Uganda, Colombia and the Republic of Moldova. Dr. Smith Brice earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MSW from the University of South Carolina, and a BSW from South Carolina State University.

Dr. Smith Brice has been recognized as the 2021 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2022, she was inducted as a Distinguished Scholar Fellow into the National Academies of Practice in Social Work.