Alumna & Faculty – Get to Know Dr. Sh’Niqua Alford ’05


Sh'Niqua Alford

“Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen.”


Why TCU?

After graduating from TCU’s Department of Social Work with a BSW in 2005, Sh’Niqua Alford never dreamed she would be back at TCU as a faculty member. As a Fort Worth, Texas native, she says TCU is home – that’s the reason she was interested in applying for her current position in the first place. Since graduating and earning her MSW from the University of Texas at Arlington, she notes the biggest change has been TCU’s focus on diversity and inclusion – a very welcome change.

What She’s Been Up To

Alford began teaching at TCU in August 2018. She uses her knowledge of the campus community and TCU student experience to inform her teaching. Her biggest transition has been teaching full-time. Alford relishes a chance to be a part of teaching the next generation of social workers.

“It’s home for me, too, so I can relate in that aspect with the students,” Alford said. “I love the interest that a new or upcoming social worker has.”

Why She Loves Her Job

“It’s great to be able to teach future social workers but also to still practice,” Alford said.


“I truly believe that everything happens when it’s supposed to happen,” Alford said. “Understand that you don’t have to be hard on yourself and everything is very strategic, the way that things happen in life.”