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Award: Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award

Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

CSWE will present the 2021 Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award to Dr. Yarneccia Dyson, assistant professor of social work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Dyson is an equity-minded thought leader committed to inclusive excellence and social justice. As a social and behavioral scientist, she engages in health disparities research that focuses on reducing and alleviating negative health outcomes by empowering marginalized communities through implementation science. 

While teaching across BSW, MSW, and PhD programs, Dr. Dyson also contributes leadership and service. She served on the Development Committee for the PhD in social work as part of the Joint Programs in Social Work of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University and chairs the Department of Social Work Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. On the national level, Dr. Dyson served as track chair for the CSWE African Americans and the African Diaspora track; as co-chair of the CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity; and as a member of the CSWE Commission for Diversity, Social, and Economic Justice. She is a CSWE accreditation site visitor and was appointed to the CSWE Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education as co-chair for the Curriculum Development Work Group.

In 2020 Dr. Dyson received the CSWE Feminist Manuscript Award for her paper, “The Use of Black Feminist Theory as a Lens to Explore the Sexual Health Needs of Black College Women: Translating Frameworks to Communities and Social Environments for HIV Prevention.” She participated in the Association for Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Emerging Leader-Scholar Initiative (2015–2020) and currently is chair of African American Issues for BPD.
Dr. Dyson has more than 15 years of social work practice experience in various roles, including social services administrator, research analyst, and public health analyst. She is currently a co-principal investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration awards totaling $3 million.

As a true believer in ubuntu and the importance of “lift as you climb,” Dr. Dyson mentors many students and has served on dissertation committees across the southeastern United States. She serves on various editorial boards and is the lead editor for Black Men’s Health and Helping Professions (forthcoming, spring 2022, Springer). She is committed to faculty development with a focus on peer mentoring and supporting the success of Black women and women of color scholars in the academy.

Dr. Dyson is a graduate of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, where she earned a doctor of philosophy in social work policy, planning, and administration & social science (cognate: public health). She earned her BSW from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the Florida State University.