Marcy serves as the Program and Evaluation Coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Nursing HRSA grant, CRNA 3D. Prior to joining the grant team at the School of Nursing in 2014, she was the Senior Research Associate at UTC’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) and an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where she taught Research Methodology. During her four-year appointment at the CASR, she conducted more than two dozen studies for UTC ranging from program evaluation and needs assessment studies, to investigations regarding capital projects, program development, employee diversity training, and workplace diversity.

Marcy also has served as the evaluation consultant on projects for numerous community non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipal, state, and federal agencies and currently serves as the External Program Evaluator on awarded grants for the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga State Community College, and the Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation. 

Porter received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Education Degree from UTC, and is a doctoral candidate in UTC’s Learning and Leadership program. She is the author of numerous published reports and academic journal articles, and frequently presents podium presentations, workshops and research posters at professional conferences.