Dr. Christine Curtis’ Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Christine Curtis began her responsibilities as the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on February 24, 2014.

In that position, Dr. Curtis provides leadership and vision in: planning, developing, reviewing and overseeing all academic programs; recruiting, supporting and retaining faculty; and giving direction to recruiting, nurturing and educating students.

As provost, she fosters a productive and stimulating educational environment, and provides leadership for academic program planning and development, educational policy, program assessment, faculty evaluation and development. In her brief time at UAH, she has established the College of Education and has been instrumental in developing programs in: theatre; writing; secondary education; early childhood/early childhood special education bachelor degrees; master's and Ph.D. degrees in space science; a master's degree in professional communication; and a master of arts in teaching.

Dr. Curtis also establishes university-wide measures of institutional effectiveness and monitors progress relative to specific annual and long-term goals; leads accreditation processes; upholds academic standards set by professional accrediting bodies; and drives the implementation of the university's student success strategy.

She has been active in the recruitment of students, has led the development of recruitment and retention efforts within the colleges, and has promoted university and college efforts of student retention and student success.

Most recently, Dr. Curtis led UAH's SACSCOC reaffirmation process and worked with each of the colleges to assist in the development of their individualized accreditation processes.

Dr. Curtis joined UAH after working at the University of South Carolina as senior vice provost and director of strategic planning. She was also the vice provost for faculty development and served as a professor in that university's chemical engineering department.

She led faculty development on the Columbia campus and interfaced with South Carolina's regional two-year campuses and four-year senior campuses on faculty development issues including: making tenure and promotion recommendations to the provost for USC Columbia and regional campuses and to the president for the senior campuses; assisting the provost and president with faculty grievance issues; reviewing the unit criteria for tenure and promotion at USC Columbia; managing, reviewing and handling faculty issues; and leading faculty development and leadership programs.

Dr. Curtis also developed and implemented family-friendly policies for faculty to provide assistance with family needs including: an updated extension of the tenure clock; third-year review and post-tenure review; modified duties policy for faculty facing various life issues; dual-career accommodation policies for spouses/partners; created fall and spring provost's informational and participatory forums for deans, directors and chairs, as well as expanding comprehensive new faculty orientation; and leadership workshops for chairs, directors and senior faculty.

Dr. Curtis had a long tenure at Auburn University and served as a professor in Auburn's chemical engineering department, while at the same time making contributions as an administrator holding the titles of associate provost, special assistant to the President and Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Mercer University, and a master's and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from The Florida State University.


  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, The Florida State University, 1976
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, The Florida State University, 1975
  • B.S., Chemistry, Mercer University, 1972


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Chemical Society

  • Selected Publications

    • "A Synchronous Distance Education Course for Non-Scientists Coordinated Among Three Universities," Chem. Engr. Ed., 44, 30-34, 2010 (with T. Floyd-Smith, D. Baah, J. Bradley, M. Sidler, R. Hall, T. Daughtrey)
    • "Synthesis of Higher Carbon Ethers from Olefins and Alcohols," Fuel Proc. Tech., 83, 219-234, 2003 (with J. Snelling, Y.K. Park).
    • "Solvent Effects on the Self-Association of Formic Acid in Carbon Dioxide and Ethane," J. Phys. Chem. B., 106, 9696-9700, 2002 (with Y. K. Park, R. B. Gupta, C. B. Roberts).
    • "Formation of Nylon Particles and Fibers Using Precipitation with a Compressed Antisolvent," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 41, 1504-1510, 2002 (with Y. K. Park, C. B. Roberts).
    • "Depo1ymerization of Styrene-Butadiene Copolymer in Near-Critical and Supercritical Water," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 40(3),756-767,2001 (with Y. K. Park, J. N. Hoo1, C. B. Roberts).
    • "Conversion of Tire Waste Using Subcritical and Supercritica1 Water Oxidation," J. Elastomers Plast., 31(2),162-179,1999 (with Y. K. Park, J. T. Reaves, C. B. Roberts).
    • "Determination of Effective Conditions for Two-Stage Coprocessing of Coal with Waste Plastics and Petroleum Residues," Energy Fuels, 13(6), 1128-1134, 1999 (with H. K. Joo, J. N. Hool).
    • "Two Stage Coprocessing of Coal with Model and Commingled Waste Plastics Mixtures,” Fuel Proc. Tech., 59(2-3), 163-187, 1999 (with M. Luo).
    • "Infrared Study of the Decomposition of Polystyrene over Supported Rhodium," J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 101, 49, 10450-54, 1998 (with Z. Pei, L. Busenlehner, S. D. Worley, Y. Tang).