Texas Tech University

Catherine Nutter, Ph.D.

Senior Director
University Advising

Catherine Nutter, BA, MA,PhD, is originally from Abilene, Texas.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University (but she doesn't claim to be an Aggie) and her Master of Arts in English from Sam Houston State University.  She completed a PhD in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech. Everyday, she is a Red Raider.  

Cathe has over 15 years of experience working with high school and college students.  She is passionate about helping students succeed, which is why she enjoys teaching the PADR and Raider Ready academic success classes.  Cathe has taught at both the high school and college level including TAKS preparation and mentoring new teachers.  Certifications include Principal, K-12 English as a Second Language and Special Education, 8-12 History, and 4-8 History and English.

Facilitating curriculum delivery models and teaching in technical settings are also part of her professional background. She helped create the coursework used to teach developmental English classes for college students and created curriculum guides and course syllabi for middle school history and English courses. She served as a mentor and instructor for ITT Technical Institute and as adjunct faculty for DeVry Institute in Dallas.  Cathe has served as principal for the Cedar Crest campus of Trinity Charter Schools in Belton, Texas, a charter district serving at-risk youth.

Cathe's advising philosophy is simple: Create a ripple; guide its growth; champion the wave.  It is by making little changes that we impact ourselves, then society, then the world.  The statement also reflects her leadership philosophy.  

Cathe spends as much time as possible with her family and enjoys reading, cooking, and most outdoor activities. 


Publications & Presentations

  • Academic Probation and Suspension Students: Perceptions on Academic Advising and GRIT. Dissertation, 2017.
  • Playbook for Assessing Non-Instructional Areas. West Texas Assessment Conference, 2017.
  • Recover, Re-Discover, Retain: Transformation of the [Academic] Recovery Student. TEXAAN 2015 Conference, 2015; UTAAA Conference, 2015.
  • Leadership in the Academic Advising Relationship. CSLEE, Ontario, Canada 2014; Advisor's Forum 2014, Texas Tech
  • Self-Efficacy and the Readmitted Student. ASHE 2014, Washington, D.C.
  • Song of Myself: Self-Efficacy as a Retention Model for Suspension Students. UTAAA Conference, February 2014; NACADA Region 7 Conference, February 2014.
  • Not Just a Drill: Veteran Voice on Campus NACADA Annual Conference, October 2013.
  • Creative Arts: Strengthening Academics and Building Community with Students At-Risk.  Reclaiming Children and Youth, January 2006.

Academic Probation and Suspension Students: Perceptions on Academic Advising and GRIT. Dissertation, 2017

Playbook for Assessing Non-Instructional Areas West Texas Assessment Conference 2017

Recover, Re-Discover, Retain: Transformation of the [Academic] Recovery Student TEXAAN 2015 Conference; UTAAA 2015 Conference

Leadership in the Academic Advising Relationship NACADA 2014 Regional Presentation; TTU Advising Roundtable

Self-efficacy and Academic Advising for Retention NACADA 2014 Presentation

Leadership and Academic Advising   CSLEE Fall 2014 Presentation

Self-Efficacy and Retention – ASHE Fall 2014 Roundtable

Advising and the Military Veteran TTU Advising Presentation

Not Just a Drill -- VeteransVoice on CampusNACADA National Conference2013.

Reclaiming Children and Youth,Winter 2006.Creative Arts:Strengthening AcademicsandBuilding Communitywith Children At-risk.

Memberships, Affiliations, & Service

  • 2010-present NACADA member
  • 2010-present NACADA Engineering & Science Commission member


Course Instruction

  • PADR 0060, Texas Tech University
  • IS 1100, Texas Tech University
  • ENGL 0301, Lee College Huntsville Center
  • ENGL 0302, Lee College Huntsville Center
  • ENGL 2322, Lee College Huntsville Center
  • Oral Communications, ITT Technical Institute
  • Written Communications, ITT Technical Institute
  • Student Success Program, ITT Technical Institute
  • Written Communications, DeVry Institute