Martell Lee Teasley portrait
  • Professor, College Of Social Work


  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Sciences Ft. Sam Houston, TX , United States Army, Academy of Health
  • Bachelor of Art, Sociology, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
  • Master of Social Work, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Project: Planning and Administration
  • Ph.D., Social Work, Howard University, Washington DC . Project: African American Adolescent Development


Martell Teasley is the dean of the University of Utah College of Social Work, president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Children & Schools.  His research primarily focuses on social work in school settings, particularly the vital role that social work can play in advancing educational equity.  He is well known as an innovative and talented leader, having previously served as the chair of the Department of Social Work in the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy.  Dr. Teasley’s experience also includes employment as a substance use disorder counselor, time as a licensed practical nurse, and a decade of service with the U.S. Army.  He earned his Ph.D. in social work from Howard University, where his scholarship focused on African American adolescent development.  He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fayetteville State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively.