Chris, who holds a PhD in Nursing, and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, joined the nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in 2001 as the Kay K. Chitty Professor after several years working in the Westside as a health care provider. She is now the UC Foundation Professor and Director of the UTC School of Nursing. She continues to engage in faculty practice at University Health Services. She is also the Chief Health Affairs Officer, where she oversees the Counseling Center, the Center for Student Wellbeing, and University Health Services.
Chris has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences. She was named a Leader Among Our Midst by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI), a 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award by GPS, and a Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association. She also received a Dedicated to Youth Service Award from the Boys and Girls Club and an UnBought and UnBossed Award from Girls Inc. She has served on many boards in the Chattanooga area, most recently as chair of the Board of Trustees at GPS.
At UTC, Chris has received the Roger Brown and Carolyn Thompson Community Service Award, the Dean Stinnett Award, CHEPS Outstanding Service and Outreach Awards and the Outstanding Faculty Award. She was named the College of Nursing Top 60 Alums for East Tennessee State University.