Meet the Board

Dr. Yvette Murphy-Erby

Our Meet the Board series is back and we are excited to share some new faces! First up, Dr. Yvette Murphy-Erby.

LAST UPDATED • March 25th, 2024

About Yvette

Dr. Yvette Murphy-Erby, a Professor of Social Work, joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 2004 and has served in numerous administrative roles including director of the School of Social Work, associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, and director of African and African American studies.  Yvette is also the owner of Facilitate Forward

Noted for her speaking, training, and facilitation skills, Yvette has a passion and heart for service to under-supported populations and a commitment to promoting leadership development and leading change in ways that promote diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations and climates. In addition to being an active change agent, Yvette maintains an extensive research agenda.  In collaboration with colleagues, Yvette has received over $17 million dollars in external funding and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and a book. 

Yvette has received numerous awards and recognitions from academic institutions that she has been associated with; including, The Pacesetter Award presented by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro College of Health and Human Services, the Outstanding Faculty Leader Award presented by the University of Arkansas Academic Affairs: Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Social Work Distinguished Alumna Award, and The Excellence in Leadership for Advocacy and Activism Award from The University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Yvette has also received several distinguished and lifetime achievement awards. 

Yvette received her BA from the University of North Carolina–Charlotte (1985), MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill (1991) and her PhD from UNC-Greensboro (2004).  Yvette and her husband Anthony Erby, reside in Fayetteville and they enjoy fishing and boating, hanging out at the lake, and playing with their 95-pound fur-baby.