Title: Social Work Field Director, Associate Professor in Practice
Department: Social Sciences
Building: CAS 152B
Master of Science in Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2004
Specialization: Children and Families
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) with Minor in Economics, The University
of Texas at Arlington, 1994
Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Ericka Freeman is an Associate Professor in Practice and the Social Work Program Field Director at The University of Texas at Tyler. She was awarded the University of Texas Board of Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2020, and was named BSW educator of the year by The University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ericka became an IDEAS Faculty Fellow in 2018 and a Service Learning Faculty Fellow in 2017. In 2021, she began work with the 1 in 3 Foundation and the UT Tyler Sociology Department to address identity reformation post sexual assault trauma with a CHIRP (Community Health Initiated Research Partnership Program) grant from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Ericka has served in leadership roles on community boards and has practice experience in the following fields: child welfare, healthcare social work with children and families, mental health and substance use, and hospice.
Research InterestsEricka's research interests include: interpersonal relationships, empowerment of social work professionals, and disparities in the child welfare system.