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 and her Master of Arts in English from Sam Houston State University.  She completed a Ph.D. in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech. Everyday, she is a Red Raider.  

Cathe has over 20 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.  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

Ryan, J., Nutter, C., and Hughes, P. A Second Chance at Success: Retention through Provisional Programs.
     CSRDE/NSSR November 2019
Nutter, C. Guiding Success: A Primer for Guided Autonomy.
     First Generation Summit, March 2019. Texas Tech University
Yarbrough, J. and Nutter, C. Walking with the Students: Academic Advisor's Unique Contributions to Student
     Recruitment, Retention,  and Development The Mentoring Institute, University of New Mexico Conference October 2018
Nutter, C. Academic Probation and Suspension Students: Perceptions on Academic Advising and GRIT.
     Dissertation, 2017
Nutter, C. and Kiser, M. Playbook for Assessing Non-Instructional Areas
     West Texas Assessment Conference 2017
Nutter, C. What Led to My Success: Student Perspectives After Academic Jeopardy.
     UTSA Advising Conference, 2016
Nutter, C. and Burken, C. Using Guided Autonomy and Conversation in Academic Advising Interactions to Help
     the Struggling Student. UTAAA Advising Conference, 2015.
Nutter, C.. Recover, Re-Discover, Retain: Transformation of the [Academic] Recovery Student
     TEXAAN 2015 Conference;
Nutter, C. Leadership in the Academic Advising Relationship
     NACADA 2014 Regional Presentation; TTU Advising Roundtable
Nutter, C. Self-efficacy and Academic Advising for Retention
     NACADA 2014 Presentation
Nutter, C. Leadership and Academic Advising
     CSLEE Fall 2014 Presentation
Nutter, C. Self-Efficacy and Retention 
     ASHE Fall 2014 Roundtable
Nutter, C. Advising and the Military Veteran
     TTU Advising Presentation 2013
Nutter C, Not Just a Drill -- Veterans Voice on Campus
     NACADA National Conference 2013.
Boldt, R. and Nutter, C. Reclaiming Children and Youth, Winter 2006. "Creative Arts: Strengthening Academics
     and Building Community with Children At-risk."

Memberships, Affiliations, & Service

  • Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow, 2019-2020
  • ASHE

Course Instruction

  • HRDV 3301, Introduction to Human Relations
  • HRDV 3303, Introduction to Research
  • PADR 0061, 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