Faculty Profile for Lea Robin Velez

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Lea Robin Velez
Clinical Lecturer — School of Social Work
ENC 150A
phone: (512) 245-2592

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ms. Lea R. Velez, LMSW, M.S., has served as a Lecturer at the Texas State School of Social Work since 2014. She has over 20 years of diverse practice experience, working with individuals experiencing homelessness, youth, and initiatives to promote wellness for all individuals. Ms. Velez, who is currently a doctoral student and is interested in wellness initiatives to improve quality of life for elders, homelessness, families of the incarcerated, and social work education.

Teaching Interests

Macro social work; program development; distance courses; service learning

Research Interests

Intergenerational programming on quality of life for elders and youth; families of death row inmates; physical activity as intervention for individuals in recovery

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Velez, L. R. (2016). Enhancing the Educational Experience of Technology Based Tools: Excellence in the Classroom.
  • Velez, L. R. (2013). In O. Renick & L. Velez (Eds.), Racing into the Storm: Roberta Gibb, Katherine Switzer, and Women’s Marathoning. Jackson, Mississippi: The University Press of Mississippi.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Most Outstanding Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Young Professionals Honoree, Dallas Furniture Bank. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Featured in the issue “Dallas People 2012”, Dallas Observer. 2012
  • Award / Honor Nominee: The Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Arlington. 2009
  • Award / Honor Nominee: The Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Arlington. 2008

Selected Service Activities

Bobcat Bond Mentor
BSW Program Director
Texas State University
BSW Committee Texas State University
Board Member
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network
The San Marcos 5K Stampede