Martell Teasley, Ph.D.

Title Professor & Department Chair

Phone Number 210-458-3000


Room FS 4.544

Department Social Work;


MARTELL L. TEASLEY is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the former Chair of the Social Work and Disaster Recovery Program at Florida State University College of Social Work. He served in the U.S. Army from 10 years and participated in the First Persian Gulf War as a Licensed Practical Nurse. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 1994. He received a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1996, and his doctorate in Social Work in 2002 from Howard University, located in Washington, DC. Dr. Teasley’s research interest includes African American adolescent development, cultural diversity, social welfare policy and Black Studies. He is nationally known for his work and research with school-aged children and youth. He was nominated and received the 2011 Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work from the School Social Work Association of America. He has served on the editorial board of several major social work journals and currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Children & Schools. Dr. Teasley is the editor and co-author of two books to include the forthcoming Nation of Coward: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post Racial America. He has presented professional papers at international and national meetings, conferences, and symposiums on a variety of topics, and has written widely in peer review journals and books. You can contact Dr. Teasley via email at

Research Interests

School social work practice, culturally competent practice, organizational diversity and culture, African American adolescent development, Black Studies, and social service program evaluation.


Ph.D. 2002, Social Work, Howard University

M.S.W. 1996, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S. 1994, Psychology, Fayetteville State University

B.A. 1994, Sociology, Fayetteville State University

LPN 1987, United States Army, Academy of Health Sciences