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Chris Smith, Ph.D, APRN, FNP-BC
UTC’s School of Nursing Inclusivity Initiatives
UC Foundation Professor and Director, School of Nursing, UTC

Dr. Smith joined the School of Nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in 2001 being named the Kay K. Chitty Professor. In this position, she taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs and practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner two days a week in community clinics serving vulnerable populations. She was appointed Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration in 2005 and was promoted to UC Foundation Associate Professor in 2009.  In 2012, she assumed the position of Interim Director of the School of Nursing and was named the permanent director in January 2014. Dr. Smith has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences. She has been recognized as a Leader Among Our Midst by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, has received the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award at Girls Preparatory School, the Boys and Girls Club Dedicated to Youth Service Award and the Key Stone Award and the Girls’ Inc. Unbought and Unbossed Award. She was also named a Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association. 

UTC’s School of Nursing Inclusivity Initiatives ( SON Co-Presenters)


UTC’s School of Nursing has a number of projects and initiatives that focus on inclusion. Chattanooga and the surrounding areas are located in a designated medically underserved area, and several federally grant-funded projects have been implemented in recent years to address the diverse healthcare and access needs of urban and rural underserved populations. Faculty have been at the forefront of nursing education development by incorporating the social determinants of health into curriculum to prepare practice-ready, culturally competent nurses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. While some inclusivity initiatives focus on patient populations, others focus on the nursing student population to ensure that pathways to undergraduate and graduate nursing options are clear and available for those from diverse and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. This overview outlines six projects and/or interventions from various faculty and staff members.