Four Social Work Faculty Receive Tenure in 2016

March 21, 2016
Four School of Social Work Faculty Received Tenure in 2016: Dr. Kari Fletcher, Dr. Ande Nesmith, Dr. Lance Peterson, and Dr. Pa Der Vang

Congratulations to Dr. Kari Fletcher, Dr. Ande Nesmsith, Dr. Lance Peterson, and Dr. Pa Der Vang!

Kari L. Fletcher, MSW, PhD, LICSW has been awarded tenure by the University of St. Thomas. Kari came to the School of Social Work in 2010 after working with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Minneapolis for over a decade. She became the Coordinator of the newly-created MSW Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) program in 2012. Among her numerous service roles, Kari is currently Co-President of the Minnesota Council on Social Work Education (MCSWE) Minnesota.

Ande A. Nesmith, MSW, PhD, LISW has been awarded tenure by the University of St. Thomas. Ande joined the School of Social Work in 2011 and teaches primarily in the BSW program.  Ande's research interests focus on outcomes for adolescents in foster care, environmental justice, and the use of technology to support vulnerable youth and emerging adults.  She is a leader in engaging and mentoring undergraduates in community-based research.

Lance T. Peterson, MSW, PhD, LICSW has been awarded tenure by the University of St. Thomas. Lance came to the School in 2010 and maintains a part-time private practice as a family & couples therapist.  He primarily teaches in the MSW program, but will will teach his first class in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program in spring 2016.  His research interests include relational ontology, mental health, clinical practice with families and couples, solution-focused therapy and other postmodern approaches.

Pa Der Vang, MSW, PhD, LICSW has been awarded tenure by St. Catherine University. Pa Der joined the School of Social Work in 2011 and teaches primarily in the BSW program. Her teaching centers on the use of theory in generalist social work practice with an emphasis on social justice and empowerment. Her research interests include race in America, empowerment of women and people of color, and work with refugees and immigrants, specifically the experience of Hmong American immigrants and the acculturation process.