Chris Korey

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Chris Korey, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Student Success

Chris Korey is a professor of biology and the associate provost for student success. As associate provost for student success, Korey heads the Office for Student Success (formerly the Office for the Academic Expereince), which provides students with educationally purposeful activities that lead to deep learning, integrated social and intellectual development, and engagement with local and global communities. In this role, he leads eight units and multiple programs, including the Academic Advising and Planning Center; the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence; the Center for Excellence in Peer Education; the Center for Student Learning; First-Year Experience; New Student Programs (including Charleston Bridge, iCharleston, Orientation, and Parent and Family Services); REACH; and Veteran and Military Student Services.

Korey, who joined the College’s Department of Biology in 2003, has been an active member of the campus community, collaborating on several university initiatives and supporting efforts to improve the college experience for students. Korey has served as co-director of the Program in Neuroscience (2010-2011) and director of the First Year Experience (2012-2017). He has also been a faculty fellow for the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence (2018-2020) and the associate dean for the School of Sciences and Mathematics (2020-2022).

He has received numerous awards and recognitions including Faculty Member of the Year ExCEL Award for the School of Sciences in Mathematics; the William V. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award; the S.C. Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award; the Faculty Member of the Year ExCEL Award for the Honors College; and the Gordon E. Jones Distinguished Achievement Award for the School of Sciences and Mathematics.

Korey earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. An active scholar, his past research focused on the development and plasticity of the invertebrate nervous system and model systems for studying human genes associated with neurodegenerative disease. Currently, he is part of an interdisciplinary research team that studies student experiences of college transitions.