Shirleen D. Chase has an undergraduate degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Currently, Ms. Chase is a candidate for her PhD in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and has completed the Nursing Education Certificate program. In addition to her full time job as faculty with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga SON, Ms. Chase also practices as an advanced practice nurse with the Hospitalist service at Erlanger, an academic medical center, level 1 trauma center, and regional referral center affiliated with the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine. Prior to clinical practice with Erlanger, she worked with the orthopedic and surgical oncology services at Vanderbilt in Nashville. She has worked closely with the experts in solid tumor and cutaneous malignancies, caring for patients across the spectrum of care in both the inpatient and outpatient environments.

Professor Chase has spent time developing alternative learning opportunities in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that are appealing to this generation's students in addition to new teaching strategies. Her educational research interests include specialty advanced practice nurse mentoring, simulation learning, and clinical decision-making. Additionally, she teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in the SON. Interestingly, Ms. Chase has been a content expert where she directed and coordinated media for Laureate Education and Walden University’s MSN program utilizing writing, production and post-production skills with CCNE accreditation guidelines and standards for graduate nursing programs along with clinical expertise in ANCC Magnet Certified health care facilities. Ms. Chase and her production team did win two educational media awards for their work on two MSN core nursing courses. Professor Chase is involved with committee work at UTC and in the SON along with membership in several national nursing and research organizations. She is also an officer in the local chapter of nursing's national honor society.

Professor Chase’s program of research includes melanoma survivorship post-treatment, cancer survivorship in general, symptom management, chronic illness impact on quality-of-life, and research methodologies. With over 33 years of experience in healthcare and nursing, Professor Chase’s experience spans a variety of settings including critical care, perioperative and oncology nursing, administration, research, education, and advanced practice. She has also developed a manual for faculty teaching online and has several manuscripts in development for publication. Professor Chase was recently recognized with the 2016 CHEPS Outstanding Teaching/Advising Award at UTC. She has also presented locally, regionally, and nationally.